New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate falls to lowest point in pandemic

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New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen to its lowest point since the pandemic began, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

The seven-day positivity rate on Friday was just 0.73 percent, Cuomo said. The previous low, reported in August, was 0.75 percent.

In the city, the seven-day positive rate fell to 0.57 percent, the second lowest for any region in the state. Only the Southern Tier has a lower rate, at 0.52 percent. Long Island’s rate was 0.62 percent.

The borough with the lowest rate was Manhattan. Staten Island’s positivity rate was higher than the rest of the state’s, at 0.85 percent.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped to 1,143 Friday. Six New York City residents were among the 12 New Yorkers who died of the virus.

State data shows 64.7 percent of all New Yorkers over age 18 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday morning, and 56 percent were finished with the regimen.

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