Covid in NY: Positive test rate drops to new low

Albany, NY – The percentage of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in New York hit a new low since the pandemic began on Tuesday.

The state confirmed 426 new Covid cases yesterday and reported an additional 113,709 test results. This results in a positive test rate of 0.37%.

Covid hospital admissions in New York fell to 777 at 7pm Tuesday. A total of 195 people were in intensive care units with the Coronavirus, below 11 and 120 were intubated, unchanged from the previous day.

Another 11 people in the state died Tuesday from Covid, bringing the nationwide death toll to 42,824.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Almost all of the state’s remaining Covid rules will end once 70% of adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine. So far, 66.6% of adults have had at least one injection, according to the state.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s 69.1%, the state said.

Of the total population, 57% received at least one dose and 48.7% received all of the required doses.

New Covid cases, hospital admissions, and deaths are all at their lowest in months.

In Central New York, the seven-day average of the percentage of people who tested positive for the virus dropped to 0.76% on Tuesday, down from 0.81% the previous day. The nationwide 7-day average was 0.48% compared to 0.51% the previous day.

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