Albany, N.Y. — New York’s progress against its most recent spike of Covid-19 has plateaued.
“The Covid numbers have basically been flat,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during a conference call with reporters.
Though Covid hospitalizations and cases are lower than their most recent high points in January, downward progress has been largely stalled in recent weeks. Hospitalizations have generally been around 4,500 and new cases have been mostly in the range 6,000 to 8,000 per day.
That’s down from a January high of over 9,000 hospitalizations and nearly 20,000 new cases at one point.
But the pandemic is far from over, despite the progress since the winter, Cuomo said.
“There are still variants. You can still get sick,” he said. “Yes, people are vaccinated, but not nearly enough.”
So far, one-third of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a vaccine and over 4 million people are fully vaccinated. That’s about 20% of the state’s population.
Starting tomorrow, eligibility for Covid shots expands to anyone age 16 and up.
Covid hospitalizations in the state rose 61 on Sunday to 4,434, according to Cuomo’s office. A total of 906 people were in intensive care units with the coronavirus on Sunday, up 24, and 577 were intubated, up 15.
The state confirmed 6,583 new cases of the virus yesterday and reported another 150,225 test results.
Another 57 people in New York died due to Covid on Sunday, which brings the statewide death toll to 40,813.
The statewide percentage of people testing positive for the virus was 4.38% yesterday and the positive test rate’s seven-day average was 3.57%, up from 3.56% the day before.
Central New York’s seven-day average positive test rate was 1.36% on Sunday, up from 1.21% the previous day.
The region’s positive rate has climbed slightly in recent days. It had been holding at 1% or less for several weeks prior.
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