NY state COVID positivity falls below 1.5% for first time in 6 months

Visitors embark on a ferry after visiting Governors Island on opening day, New York, NY, May 1, 2021
Visitors embark on a ferry after visiting Governors Island on opening day, New York, NY, May 1, 2021. Photo credit Anthony Behar/Sipa USA

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 1.5% for the first time in six months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

The state’s single-day positivity rate on Saturday was 1.49%, the lowest level since Oct. 28, Cuomo said.

The statewide seven-day positivity rate also hit its lowest level since Nov. 6 at 1.84%.

New York City’s seven-day positivity rate was 1.78%, a decline from 1.83% the day before, according to state data.

The state reported 2,849 new cases and 33 more deaths. Of those, 1,304 cases and 24 deaths were in the five boroughs.

Cuomo said statewide hospitalizations dropped to 2,535 patients, the fewest since Nov. 20.

Hospitalizations are down 33% over the last two weeks, Cuomo said.

The number of patients in intensive care fell to 637, the lowest level since Nov. 26, while the number of intubated patients declined to 406, the lowest level since Dec. 3.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, another 93,940 vaccine doses were administered statewide in the past 24 hours and more than 1.2 million over the past seven days.

As of Sunday, 34.9% of New York state residents are fully vaccinated and 46.5% have received at least one vaccine dose. In all, 15,643,329 doses have been administered statewide.

“Every single day, New York state is moving forward in the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate,” Cuomo said in a statement. “More New Yorkers are getting vaccinated and hospitalizations are declining, which is good news, but we need New Yorkers to stay vigilant to make sure we don't lose any of the progress we've made.”