WHEC and AP
Updated: June 07, 2021 05:21 PM
Created: June 07, 2021 12:52 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) — New York will lift more COVID-19 rules once 70% of adults have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
That's a target Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he hoped his state could reach in days.
About 68.7% of New York adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to federal data Monday. A smaller percentage of New York’s entire population of 20 million residents, including children, have received at least one dose: so far, 56% or 11 million residents.
Cuomo said restrictions on capacity, physical distancing, and health screening would be lifted at most places, including businesses, restaurants and gyms. Sharing contact information for potential contact tracing would also be lifted.
Schools, public transit, and health care facilities will still be under restrictions. People who are unvaccinated will still be asked to wear a mask and keep physical distance.
In addition to announcing the looming restriction reversal, the governor said the state will be focusing on the bottom 25 lowest vaccinated zip codes across the state. The Finger Lakes Region currently has three zip codes on the list, which include two in Rochester (14163 and 14605) and one in Romulus (14541).
Cuomo said county and local health departments must focus on those zip codes. The state will be setting up clinics in the zip codes where numbers remain low.
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