NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 6.74 pct, new cases up to 3,539: mayor

New York City’s latest COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 6.74 percent, compared with 6.86 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Saturday.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 282 new hospital admissions and new cases of the coronavirus reached 3,539, adding that New Yorkers should “keep fighting back” and immediately get vaccinated if eligible.

On Friday, the mayor responded to complaints about long COVID-19 vaccine lines and wait times of up to five hours, saying “it is not acceptable that anyone would have to wait that long.”

“Whatever needs to be done, we’re going to fix that,” he said at his morning press briefing. “We will make sure those wait times are addressed.”

“Sometimes when I hear this concern about wait times I want to emphasize there’s a problem that needs to be fixed at a center — and it’s been rare. Really, the good news is that most of these centers, most of the vaccination centers, are moving pretty smoothly,” he added.

As of Friday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths added up to 29,173 and the confirmed cases 698,751 in NYC, according to The City, a project that tracks the spread of confirmed COVID-19 infections and fatalities in New York City, based on information provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the governor’s office, The COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.