New York’s COVID positivity rate, hospitalizations decline

New York’s coronavirus positivity rate hit the lowest level in a month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

Of the 260,700 test results reported Friday, 7,283, or 2.79 percent were positive, Cuomo said.

The statewide rate Friday when measured on a seven-day average was 3.31 percent, a bit less than the previous day and the lowest since Dec. 2. In New York City, the rate dropped to 3.69 percent from 3.88 percent the day before.

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 across the state also fell Friday to 4,241, which Cuomo said was the lowest number since Dec. 3.

There were 57 COVID-19 deaths statewide including 32 among New York City residents.

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A total of 11,669,171 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given out in the state with 282,305 jabs done in the 24 hours from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, Cuomo announced.

Almost a quarter of all New Yorkers have completed their vaccination series.

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