NY state data show COVID-19 rate drops below 10% for 2nd day in a row




  • In Business
  • 2022-01-23 02:54:00Z
  • By NY Daily News
 

NEW YORK - COVID-19 infection rates for tested New York state residents dipped below 10% for a second day in a row - a trend hailed by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday as "extraordinary progress."

Of nearly 300,000 COVID-19 test results reported, 9.23% were positive, the state data showed. The data showed the downward trend was evident across the state.

"We are below 10% positivity rate for the second day in a row. This is extraordinary progress," Hochul said in statement Saturday.

"As we continue to see numbers trend downward, let's also continue to do the right thing. Wash your hands, get the vaccine if you haven't already, get the booster dose, and wear a mask. We will continue to see this downward trend in other parts of the state soon."

According to the state data released by the governor, as of Friday the number of hospitalizations also declined, along with the number of patients needing intensive care unit treatment. In all, 179 new deaths were reported.

The encouraging trend comes in the wake of good news the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dispensed about areas that were initially the hardest hit by the omicron variant - including New York.

At a White House briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the cases in some areas hit hardest by the super-fast spreading variant are now showing signs the infection has crested in New York and other northeastern states.

"These reports add more evidence to the importance of being up to date on your COVID vaccinations," she said.

The number of New Yorkers who've completed a vaccination series, including a booster shot, is now at 71.3%, Saturday's state data showed.

In late December, the omicron wave fueled a 63% spike in statewide hospitalizations in just one week, and a staggering 22% test positivity rate.

The daily positivity rate was below 5% at the start of December, when the delta variant remained dominant.

COMMENTS

More Related News

'Make Jim Crow blush': Black leaders bash draft New York congressional map

Top Black members of Congress are irate about a draft New York congressional map that has jeopardized a handful of seats held by Black lawmakers.

Suspect in Buffalo mass shooting heckled as
Suspect in Buffalo mass shooting heckled as 'coward' in court
  • US
  • 2022-05-19 17:29:43Z

Payton Gendron, 18, accused of killing 10 Black people at supermarket, not required to speak at brief court hearing

'Too Soon?': New York Prison Guard Posts 'Despicable' Meme On Facebook Mocking Buffalo Shooting Victims, Other Hate-filled Messages Found Across the State
  • US
  • 2022-05-18 23:00:00Z

A New York corrections officer is facing termination for posting a meme on Facebook mocking the Buffalo mass shooting victims. Greg Foster II has been […]

NY Gov. Hochul signs executive order to target domestic terrorism, strengthen red flag law
NY Gov. Hochul signs executive order to target domestic terrorism, strengthen red flag law
  • US
  • 2022-05-18 20:10:47Z

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed executive orders Wednesday aimed to counter domestic terrorism and proposed legislation to narrow New York's gun laws.

The legal ages for buying a gun in the US
The legal ages for buying a gun in the US
  • US
  • 2022-05-18 19:29:43Z

Story at a glance The Gun Control Act of 1968 sets federal age restrictions on who can buy a gun. Many states have made their own adaptations, some enforcing...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Business