Hochul says New Yorkers are doing the right thing: COVID positivity rate drops further


The COVID-19 positivity rate continued to drop on Sunday, as Governor Kathy Hochul provided an update on the state’s battle against the Omicron variant.

“New Yorkers are doing the right thing – getting their shots and boosters, wearing their masks and staying home when they’re sick,” Gov. Hochul said. “The Winter Surge Plan also works to ensure that we manage COVID-19 after Omicron’s peak and that New Yorkers stay healthy and safe. The vaccine is safe, effective, free, and readily available statewide. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, I encourage you to do so immediately, it’s the best weapon we have in this fight against the pandemic.

The state’s positivity rate was 5.06%. There were 8,781 confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours out of more than 173,000 tests.

Hospitalizations fell by 558 on Sunday, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 7,117. There were nine fewer intensive care admissions in the state, leaving 1,177.

More than 1,200 have been discharged from hospital.

The Finger Lakes region has seen a two percentage point decline in the past 48 hours in confirmed COVID positivity. Central New York’s positive rate decreased by about 1%.

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