NEW YORK CITY – The coronavirus rate in New York City has fallen below 1% for the first time in months, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“We’re down to less than 1% right now,” he told Brian Lehrer of WNYC. “Lowest since Labor Day last year. “
The milestone is actually the city’s lowest recorded positivity over seven days, according to health department data. The previous low of 0.96% was hit on September 4, the data showed.
And it’s not just New York that hit a new low for coronavirus – daily positivity in the state as a whole hit 0.59%, which is the lowest since the start of the pandemic.
Coronavirus levels last year were below 1% in September without vaccines, although many lockdown restrictions and mask warrants have been fully enforced.
The city’s average positivity hovered stubbornly above 6% for weeks before dropping below 6% on April 9, the data showed.
Soon after, it fell below 3% – the level that city authorities once set as a threshold for closing schools.
A little over two weeks ago, it fell below 2%.
The city is now in the process of reopening, with many restrictions and mask wearing requirements lifted.
De Blasio and health officials attributed the drop in coronavirus levels to vaccinations.