Forty-four people have died from the virus in New York City: eight in the Bronx, 14 in Brooklyn, nine in Manhattan, nine in Queens and four on Staten Island. Statewide, the positivity rate for people who tested positive for the virus was 3.15%, with the state posting the seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 at 4.26% in New York City. It comes as more and more variants have been detected in the city.
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In a statement, Cuomo reminded New Yorkers that “the positivity rate is a function of what they do to slow the spread,” and that hand washing, mask wear and social distancing remain key of the fight against the virus.
Cuomo also announced that more and more New Yorkers are getting vaccinated at clinics run by the state or city of the five boroughs, with 8.6 million vaccines administered statewide and nearly 1.5 million people who have been fully immunized in the New York area. In the past 24 hours, more than 56,000 people received an injection. New vaccination clinics continue to open across the city, including a pop-up site in hard-hit Chinatown on Friday. Health workers with SOMOS vaccinated some 700 people there in 48 hours.
Vaccinations have steadily increased since they were first made available in New York State in mid-December. Last week, the state received 699,790 doses, and the supply will be increased by 33% as part of the “supercharging” plan announced by US Senator and Majority Leader Charles Schumer last week.
“As we build our capacity, we increasingly reach new milestones,” Cuomo said. “This is a testament to the dedication of our providers across the state, and our continued efforts to reach every eligible New Yorker and bring the vaccine to every community. ”
At a press conference outside Citi Field on Saturday, Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted city workers who are members of the DC 37 union – representing some 150,000 city workers – to come and get shot. a COVID at the stage, which is a 24/7 vaccination site.
“There will be sites all over the city capable of supporting our DC 37 members,” said de Blasio. “So everyone, every day feels like a step forward lately. Every day feels like a step in the right direction. ”