New York's single-day COVID-19 positivity rate reaches record low |

New York's single-day COVID-19 positivity rate reaches record low

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Updated: June 13, 2021 09:41 PM
Created: June 13, 2021 08:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting New York state's record-low seven-day average and single-day COVID-19 positivity rates, as reported by Johns Hopkins University. 

The statewide seven-day average positivity is 0.42%, a record low for 16 consecutive days, remains the lowest in the country, tied with Massachusetts. The figure has been on the decline for the last 69 days. 

The statewide single-day COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.35%. Per data from the CDC, 69.7% of New Yorkers ages 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

"New York's COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal, and that's why we're reducing restrictions and providing vaccination incentives across New York State," Cuomo said in a statement Sunday. "Vaccination is the key to our success, and New Yorkers who get vaccinated improve the public health and protect their families and friends. We can move forward into a bright future together, but we need anyone who hasn't gotten the vaccine yet to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today." 

Last week, Cuomo announced the state would lift most COVID-19 restrictions across commercial and social settings when New York administers at least one vaccine dose to 70% of its adult population. As of Sunday, the state was up to 69.7%.

New York's industry-specific guidelines -- including capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing -- will become optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services, among other commercial settings.

Large-scale event venues, pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and healthcare settings must continue to follow the state's COVID-19 guidelines until more New Yorkers are vaccinated.

In the Finger Lakes region, the seven-day average over the last three days is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 10 - 0.76%
  • Friday, June 11 - 0.70%
  • Saturday, June 12 - 0.65%

Eight New Yorkers died Saturday due to the coronavirus.

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