State COVID Infection Rates Keep Dropping, While NYC Still Reporting Daily Deaths

As New York State continues to crawl out of a second coronavirus surge, New York City reported nearly four dozen COVID-related deaths on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

Forty-four people died from the virus in New York City—eight in the Bronx, 14 in Brooklyn, nine in Manhattan, nine in Queens, and four on Staten Island. Statewide, the positivity rate for those testing positive for the virus was 3.15%, with the state showing the seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 at 4.26% in New York City. This comes as more variants have been detected across the city.

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In a statement, Cuomo reminded New Yorkers that “the positivity rate is a function of what they do to slow the spread,” and that washing hands, mask wearing, and social distancing remain key components to combatting the virus.

Cuomo also announced that more and more New Yorkers are getting vaccinated at state- or city-run clinics in the five boroughs, with 8.6 million vaccines administered across the state, and close to 1.5 million people having been fully vaccinated in New York City region. In the last 24 hours, more than 56,000 people have received a shot. More vaccination clinics continue to open up across the city, including a pop-up site in hard-hit Chinatown on Friday. Health workers with SOMOS have vaccinated some 700 people there in 48 hours.

Vaccinations have increased steadily since they were first made available in New York State in mid-December. This past week, the state received 699,790 doses, and supply will be increased by 33% under the “supercharge” plan announced by U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Charles Schumer last week.

“As we fortify our capacity, we are reaching new milestones more and more frequently,” Cuomo said. “This is a testament to the dedication of our providers across the state, and to our ongoing efforts to reach every eligible New Yorker and bring the vaccine to every community.”

At a news conference outside Citi Field on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed city workers who are members of the DC 37 labor union—representing some 150,000 city workers—to come and get a COVID shot at the stadium, which is a 24/7 vaccination site.

“There’s going to be sites all over the city able to support our DC 37 members,” de Blasio said. “So, everybody, every day feels like a step forward lately. Every day feels like a step in the right direction.”