NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Seventy percent of adults in New York have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose — the threshold at which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would lift the state's remaining virus restrictions.
At a news briefing Monday morning, Cuomo said 69.9% of New York adults had gotten at least one dose. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released Monday afternoon showed that figure had ticked up to 70%.
"When we hit 70% we will get back to life as normal, or as normal as you can be post-COVID," Cuomo said at a briefing last week.
The governor on Monday also announced that New York's single-day COVID-19 positivity rate had dropped to 0.35%, a record low.
The state's seven-day average positivity rate stood at 0.42% on Sunday — the lowest in the country.
"New York's COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows, and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal, and that's why we're reducing restrictions and providing vaccination incentives across New York state," Cuomo said.
"Vaccination is the key to our success, and New Yorkers who get vaccinated improve the public health and protect their families and friends," he added. "We can move forward into a bright future together, but we need anyone who hasn't gotten the vaccine yet to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today."