Albany, NY – New cases of Covid-19 continue to slowly decline in New York City.
The state today reported 3,594 new cases. The seven-day average of new cases per day edged down in October to 4,276, down 7% from October 1 and 10.9% from September 1.
Hospitalizations are also down slightly. A total of 2,066 people are currently hospitalized due to Covid, down 5.1% from October 1 and 10.9% from September 1.
Another 460 people are in intensive care units, down 7.8% from September 1 and 12.4% from October 1.
After hitting some of their lowest levels on record in June, cases and hospitalizations began to rise as the most contagious delta variant of the coronavirus began to spread rapidly in New York City. Governor Kathy Hochul has said she would not be comfortable saying the virus is under control for many months and has repeatedly warned New Yorkers to be careful during the upcoming holiday season.
New York reported 25 more Covid deaths today, bringing the pandemic total to 57,617.
Statewide, 1.8% of Covid tests came back positive on Thursday, according to state data. The seven-day statewide average of the positive test rate was 2.2% yesterday, down from 2.33% earlier this week.
The seven-day average positive test rate in central New York City was 4.8% on Thursday, down from 5.3% earlier in the week.
Cases and hospitalizations also appear to be declining in Onondaga County.
Hochul and other officials continued to urge New Yorkers to get vaccinated. More than 73% of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and 65.8% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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