NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 3,884, lowest since Nov. 30: governor

COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state (NYS) dropped to 3,884 on Thursday, compared with 3,963 one day earlier, or the lowest since Nov. 30, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

Meanwhile, the single-day COVID-19 test positivity rate rose to 2.81 percent on Thursday from 2.76 percent on Wednesday, he said, adding that the statewide seven-day average positivity rate reached 3.04 percent on Thursday, the lowest since Nov. 25.

“COVID-19 hospitalizations are down to their lowest level since November 30, which is basically Thanksgiving, so we are fully back to the point before the holiday surge. I want to make it especially clear that it is the actions of a community — the actions of individuals as a collective — that matter,” the governor was quoted as saying in an official release.

“We know how the virus spreads, so it’s a question of your behavior and the precautions you take. The more precautions you take, the fewer people get infected. We’re at a point now where we’ve communicated all the information that we can communicate and everyone knows the facts,” he said.

“Our recovery is going to be a function of how many vaccinations we take, and I believe that there is a civic and community duty for individuals to take a vaccine. No one can be safe unless everyone is safe,” he added.

In another tweet on Friday, Cuomo said, “40.2% of New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 27.0% have completed their vaccine series. 233,973 total doses were administered over the past 24 hours. 12,872,765 total doses administered to date.”

As of Friday afternoon, total COVID-19 deaths in New York state reached 51,470, the second worst in the country following the state of California with a death toll of 60,867, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.