On Wednesday, with positivity rates at an all-time low, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that his goal to vaccinate 70% of New Yorkers to lift all other restrictions might come sooner than expected.
Cuomo announced the state’s rolling positivity rate had fallen below 0.50% for the first time since the COVID-19 crisis began, and suggested that restrictions could soon be entirely lifted with the 70% vaccine goal approaching sooner. It’s not exactly clear how early that could happen, but right now, CDC data puts New York at a 69.1% partial vaccination rate for adults, which makes for a reopening very soon.
“With COVID-19 numbers trending downward for so many consecutive days, we are well on our way to fully reopening to a reimagined New York state,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday. “Warm weather activities across the state are in full swing, happening in front of audiences that have received their COVID-19 vaccination. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get your vaccine as soon as possible so that you may enjoy all that our beautiful state has to offer with your loved ones.”
As it stands, Wednesday’s rolling positivity rate of 0.48% is the lowest in the nation, according to Johns Hopkins University, and marks a 65-day stretch of decline. Statewide hospitalizations have fallen to 777, the lowest total since Oct. 7.