COVID-19 statewide positivity rate falls to 4.02%

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Wednesday COVID-19 briefing largely focused on a large-scale vaccination campaign slated for the New York City area as statewide positivity rates fell to 4.02% as of Wednesday morning.

In Oneida County, Feb. 9 brought 69 new positive COVID-19 cases, lifting the total to 18,697 since counting began. There were also five new COVID-19 related deaths on that day, bringing the total dead to 371. There are 72 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 60 in Mohawk Valley Health System and 12 at Rome Memorial Hospital.

In a briefing, Cuomo joined with others to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency will establish two community-based mass-vaccination sites at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens - which will serve as a national model for the equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine, according to a statement

“These two major mass vaccination sites in New York City will vaccinate approximately 3,000 New Yorkers each day over an eight-week period and … will be reserved only for the residents of the borough where the site is located,” reads a statement, that continues, “These sites will target communities and populations historically underserved by the traditional health care system that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

Speaking to the larger, statewide scope of COVID-19, Cuomo said in a statement, "From hospitalizations to the infection rate, our COVID numbers continue to decline which isn't only great news, but a testament to the hard work of New Yorkers to overcome the post-holiday surge … Moving forward, we must do everything we can to keep moving in the right direction until we ultimately win this war once and for all. While all of us continue to practice the safe behaviors we know work on the individual level, the state will continue its mission to fairly and equitably get as many shots in arms as possible. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's up to us to determine how long it takes to get there. If we stay united and stay on track, we will get there together."

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