NY COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since Nov. 23

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On Thursday, the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate fell to 3.15%, which was the lowest since Nov. 23.

Further, as of 11 a.m. Thursday, the state’s health care distribution sites had administered 96 percent of first doses received for the first 9 weeks of vaccine allocations from the federal government according to information from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

“The week 10 allocation from the federal government is beginning to arrive in New York State, and New York’s health care distribution sites have administered 85% of doses so far delivered,” read a statement.

However, a statement from Cuomo’s office also indicated the work of virus suppression and continued vaccine rollout is far from over as there were 114 COVID-19 deaths in New York State on Wednesday.

“...We’re in a footrace between ongoing new infections and our ability to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, and although we have vaccine distribution sites at the ready throughout the state, we’re limited by available supply. New Yorkers have already had huge burdens to bear, and we’re getting to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we need everyone to double down on the behaviors that make such a difference combatting this pandemic. Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distanced, and be safe,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Local numbers

In Oneida County, there were 32 new positive cases on Feb. 17, bringing the total to 19,000 since counting began. There are 819 active positive cases.

There were three new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing that total to 386.

There were 50 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with 42 at Mohawk Valley Health System and eight at Rome Health. Ten of the 50 are nursing home residents.

To see an updated COVID-19 dashboard for Oneida County, visit: https://bit.ly/2ZvnzGg.

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