It’s official! New York City has made it to the lowest of positive coronavirus caseloads in all of New York State, after battling the most grueling amount of cases last year.
According to state Health Department data, what was once an epicenter of the virus spread, New York City has made it to the bottom of the list as far as current cases are concerned. The weekly average COVID-19 positivity rate in the Big Apple was 1.16 percent as of Monday, less than half the statewide average of 2.65 percent.
In contrast, the positivity rate was 6.4 percent in the Buffalo-Western NY region, 6.68 percent in the Finger Lakes, 5.51 percent in the Mohawk Valley, 4.59 percent in the Albany Capital Region, 4.65 percent in the Syracuse-Central NY region, 3.64 percent in the Southern Tier, 2.5 percent in Long Island and 1.92 percent in the Hudson Valley. The seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity in both The Bronx and Manhattan was slightly under 1 percent. The positivity rate was 1.44 percent in Staten Island, 1.31 percent in Brooklyn, and 1.24 percent in Queens.
Keeping in mind the fact that winter is approaching, Governor Kathy Hochul further asserted that New Yorkers must continue to be vigilant and get vaccinated. She said, “With temperatures dropping and New Yorkers spending more time inside, it’s vital we all get vaccinated. With 5- to 11-year-olds now eligible, all school-aged children are now able to get vaccinated and we are doing everything we can to ensure they do. Not only will it protect the community, but there are numerous incentive programs in place that provide added benefits of getting your shot.”