The statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.08% on Wednesday which is the lowest recorded rate since Oct. 10, 2020, according to information from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
The low rate was attributed to state residents getting vaccinated.
On Thursday, Cuomo said more than 8 million people were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in New York state.
"New York State is making steady progress getting shots in arms and bringing our population to higher levels of immunity from COVID-19, but we have more work to do before everyone returns to safety and the new normal," Cuomo said in a statement.
He added, "Vaccination is a privilege, and we're working day and night to make the vaccine as accessible as possible by opening new pop-up sites and expanding walk-in appointments. Eight million people have been vaccinated - which is a significant milestone - but we need even more New Yorkers to get the vaccine if we want to beat COVID once and for all."
This statement was on the heels of recent state news that 12-to-15-year-olds are now eligible for the vaccine.
Locally, that news resulted in an apparent flurry of vaccine appointment bookings at county-operated PODs.
“Following the quick booking of appointments for the first availability of Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds at the county-operated POD at Harts Hill Elementary School (Thursday), more appointments are being added soon. Appointments and walk-ins for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently available at multiple county-operated PODs,” noted a Thursday release from Oneida County.
To book an appointment at a county-operated POD, visit: www.ocgov.net.
On May 12, there were 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Oneida County and no new deaths.
There were 12 patients hospitalized in Oneida County with six at Mohawk Valley Health System facilities and six at Rome Health. There were four residents hospitalized out of the county.
As of May 12, there have been 21,868 positive cases and 421 COVID-19-related deaths.