New York Covid Rates Decline

NEW YORK -
A man carries his vaccination card after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from a mobile vaccine clinic in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York’s coronavirus rates continue to creep downward as the state’s vaccination rates climb upward.

The statewide positivity rate is 2.99%, while New York City’s is 3.58%, the lowest since December 1, 2020.

Hospitalizations are the lowest they have been since December 3, with 4,083 people in the hospital and only 877 in the ICU.

The state’s vigorous vaccine program has distributed more than 7 million doses, with 1 in 3 New Yorkers partially vaccinated and 20% of all New Yorkers fully vaccinated.

New York City is expanding its vaccine outreach efforts with Johnson & Johnson single doses being delivered to the apartments of homebound individuals, allowing walk-in appointments for senior citizens, and sending busses that have been set up to be mobile clinics to neighborhoods to make it easier for essential workers.

“New Yorkers have fought bravely through this intensely difficult and emotionally taxing pandemic. We’re making great progress getting shots in arms across the state, but we need everyone to continue practicing safe behaviors: washing hands, wearing masks and staying socially distanced when appropriate,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Every New York resident ages 16 and older is eligible for the vaccine. To secure an appointment, people can register online or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Any adult 75 and older can walk in to certain sites, accompanied by a family member, friend or aide, and receive an appointment for later that day.

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