The encouraging trend has prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to proclaim that with the current flattening of infections, he expects public schools across the state to be fully open for the 2021-2022 re-entry.
“We have to go back to school, and on the current trajectory, there’s no reason we can’t open schools statewide in September, and it will, I believe, across the country. ‘State,’ he said.
Cuomo broke the news after nearly 10.4 million New Yorkers received at least one dose of one of the vaccines as of Monday morning, representing 52% of the state’s total population and about 64% of New Yorkers. Eligible Yorkers.
Nearly 8.8 million state residents are now fully immunized, according to the state’s Immunization Tracker.
The positivity rate has now fallen for 49 consecutive days and is the lowest since September 21.
However, the sobering reality, Cuomo said, is that the number of daily doses administered statewide has fallen below 100,000 and continues to slow.
” It is not finished. We manage it by what we do and the tool that manages it is vaccination, and that is essential, to maintain vaccinations, ”he said.
On Monday morning, Cuomo unveiled another incentive to attract people who have yet to receive the vaccine. Anyone who visits one of New York’s 16 state parks this weekend to receive the one-shot vaccination from Johnson & Johnson will receive a free two-day family pass to any state park. It can be used until September 30.
In Westchester, vaccinations will be administered at FDR State Park in Yorktown this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For those looking to spend a day outside this weekend and haven’t been vaccinated yet, this is a convenient way to do so, Cuomo said.
“It’s easy, it’s logical, it’s smart, you don’t have to go out of your way and it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
Last Thursday it was announced that the state will offer a free Mega Multiplier lottery ticket for those who have not yet received a vaccine if they visit one of the top 10 vaccination centers. In Westchester, the Yonkers Armory is one of 10 sites, although that site will close on Tuesday.
The Vax & Scratch initiative will be available until Friday. Each person who participates in the vaccination will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a single injection.
Other sites in the area that will offer the free lottery ticket include the Javits Center in Manhattan and Bay Eden in the Bronx.
Additional draws include the Yankees and Mets offering free tickets if fans are vaccinated during their home games and events such as the Tribeca Film Festival closing festivities next month when Radio reopens. City Music Hall on June 19 will only be open to those who get vaccinated.
Every weekday through Friday, Westchester County Airport will be one of seven airports in the state that will provide Johnson & Johnson vaccine to U.S. residents upon arrival or departure. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports also participate with those of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.
The Westchester County Airport vaccination site will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Progress is also continuing on the COVID-19 front in Westchester. On Sunday, the county’s active workload fell to 648, a continuation of the sharp reduction that has been occurring for about two months.
County Director George Latimer said COVID-19 hospitalizations remained at 63 over the past week and there were no deaths in the county for three consecutive days until Sunday .
In the past 30 days, 27 Westchester residents have died from the virus, up from 67 deaths in the previous 30 days and 103 in the previous 30 days. Almost 50 percent of the county is now fully vaccinated.
“We have to make the connection that the more people are vaccinated, the less they like to catch the disease,” Latimer said.
For the first time on Monday, Latimer appeared at his twice-weekly briefings without a mask. The Centers for Disease Control has proposed new guidelines stating that those who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks indoors in most situations.
However, anyone traveling by public transport, visiting a homeless shelter, prison or other health care facility should always wear a face mask in these facilities.
In Putnam County on Saturday, the last day that positivity data was available, there was only one positive case out of 303 tests, a rate of 0.3%. Putnam’s seven-day average was 0.6% on Saturday.
For more information on eligibility and vaccination sites, the public can call 1-833-697-4829 or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov