New York’s COVID Numbers Continue To Decline As More Travelers Take To The Skies

The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate for Friday was hovering just above 3%, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

Statewide, the positivity rate was 3.12%, while the seven-day rolling average was 3.59%. There were 60 deaths, including ten people in the Bronx, 11 people in Brooklyn, three people in Manhattan, 11 people in Queens, and one person on Staten Island.

The state’s hospitalized patient count dropped 49 people to 4,491 patients Friday, with 902 patients in intensive care units, a decrease of 11 people since Thursday. Of those in ICUs, 567 patients were intubated, an increase of 2 patients.

“New Yorkers are following the science and getting themselves and their families vaccinated, and they should be commended for that. But we’re still fighting a pandemic and the infection rate is a function of our actions,” Cuomo said in a press release Saturday. “As we expand eligibility, open more vaccination sites and continue our robust testing, it’s critical that New Yorkers continue wearing masks and following the public health guidance. It has been a long and difficult road and I know everyone is struggling with COVID fatigue, but we need to stay the course until we actually reach the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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As travelers increasingly return to airports and border checkpoints during spring break and the Easter and Passover holiday weekend, the federal Transportation Security Administration reported that 1,580,785 passengers came through checkpoints Friday — a record high for 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that people who are fully vaccinated can travel in the United States without quarantining or getting tested, though the health agency still urged travelers continue to wear masks and socially distance during transit.