What there is to know
- State Department of Health officials said Tuesday that at least 8,700 people vaccinated had tested positive for COVID-19. That’s on the nearly 11 million New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated
- It’s also a fraction of the 244,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City since April 1.
- Mayor Bill de Blasio was due to announce a vaccination mandate for city hospital staff on Wednesday, sources say
A tiny fraction of vaccinated New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations increase, the state Department of Health told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
At least 8,700 vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to department spokeswoman Abigail Barker.
That’s out of the nearly 11 million New Yorkers who are fully vaccinated. And it’s also a fraction of the 244,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York City since April 1.
State health officials did not immediately provide the date of New York’s first groundbreaking case on Tuesday, nor an estimate of how many of those people had been hospitalized or died.
“We continue to investigate the number of fully vaccinated people who may have been hospitalized or died,” said Barker.
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No vaccine is perfect, which means that people who are fully vaccinated will occasionally be infected. And the so-called “revolutionary cases” are generally mild, according to health experts.
Still, health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated at a time when the highly contagious delta variant is spreading and hospitalizations and infections are on the rise.
More than 1,000 people a day now test positive in New York City, based on the latest seven-day average, according to AP’s analysis of state data.
This is up from the pandemic low of 306 per day on June 25.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said people should “ignore other voices that are clearly giving bad advice” and get the shot.
New York saw a spike in new infections in July – a stark contrast to the steady drop from April to June.
Counties statewide are experiencing outbreaks, with most of the new infections in the densely populated New York City and its surrounding suburbs on Long Island and in the suburbs north of the city.
And hospitalizations are showing signs of increasing, after peaking at around 350 residents for much of July.
Hospitals reported 424 COVID-19 patients on Monday, up 22% from 349 as of July 12. New York City alone has as many as 228 patients, up 38% from 165 a week earlier. Counties, including Nassau and Erie, are also seeing an increase in hospitalizations. Mayor Bill de Blasio was due to announce a vaccination mandate for the city’s hospital staff on Wednesday, sources said.
City Health + Hospitals officials said only 58% of staff in their facilities were vaccinated, and said the new measure will be taken to protect patients and staff from the delta variant. NBC New York’s Ida Siegal reports.
City Health + Hospitals officials said only 58% of staff in their facilities were vaccinated, and said the new measure will be taken to protect patients and staff from the delta variant.
As variant cases increase, hospitalization and infection rates are much lower this winter: in January alone, more than 9,000 patients were hospitalized at the same time while nearly 14,000 people tested positive every day.
About 56% of New York’s 20 million people are fully immunized.
This is a slight increase from 54.5% as of July 4, despite efforts by administrations under Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase rates in the least vaccinated areas of the state.
Vaccination rates are lowest in rural counties in western and central New York City, as well as parts of New York City, including the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The state plans to close vaccination sites in Broome County in central New York, Queensbury in upstate New York, Suffolk County in Long Island, and Orange County in upstate New York from of July 26, according to a press release from Cuomo’s office on Tuesday.
“Downsizing state sites is necessary to redirect those resources, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the shot if you haven’t already,” Cuomo said.