NY state surpasses 3.5M first-dose vaccinations, hospitalizations at lowest level in nearly 3 months

Westchester County residents are observed for side effects at least 15 minutes after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine at the New York National Guard Armory in Yonkers Wednesday March 3, 2021
Westchester County residents are observed for side effects at least 15 minutes after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine at the New York National Guard Armory in Yonkers Wednesday March 3, 2021. Photo credit Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor via Sipa USA

NEW YORK (WBEN) – More than 3.5 million New Yorkers have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose as the state’s hospitalizations and positivity rate continue to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, the state had administered 96% of first doses delivered so far. The state has received 3,676,500 first doses and administered 3,517,416.

In all, the state has received 5,932,415 first and second doses and administered 5,342,262 of those, Cuomo said.

“With more than 3.5 million New Yorkers having now received at least one shot of the vaccine, our team is on the ground working with local leaders to make the vaccine accessible to all New Yorkers so we can get even more shots into people's arms,” Cuomo said in a statement.

On Saturday, the state reported its lowest number of hospitalizations since Dec. 7 at 4,954 patients. It’s the first time that total hospitalizations have dropped below 5,000 patients since Dec. 8.

The number of patients in intensive care also declined by 18 to 1,012, while the number of intubated patients fell by 6 to 694.

The state reported another 7,647 positive cases on Friday out of 273,132 tests reported, Cuomo said.

The state’s single-day positivity rate was 2.80%, while the seven-day positivity rate was 3.15%.

The state reported another 78 deaths, bringing the pandemic death toll to 38,970, according to state data.