New York’s seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 0.71%, a new record low, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

The news comes as New York registered 55 straight days of declining coronavirus cases in the state.

According to New York Health Department data, the seven-day coronavirus positivity rate dropped to 0.75% in August 2020, before rising again in the fall and winter.

"New York State is beating back COVID and making progress on the numbers, and the key is providing shots in arms for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a news release. 

In recent weeks, however, vaccination rates have begun to slow in New York, despite the state expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to children aged 12 to 15.

“Hospitalizations and the positivity rate are declining, but so is the vaccination rate, and we need to get creative to encourage the remaining New Yorkers to take the shot,” Cuomo said. 

According to the governor, New York is now offering a slew of incentives for New Yorkers who get inoculated against COVID-19, including park passes, transportation tickets, and even a shot at a $5 million lottery.

The state’s latest daily coronavirus positivity rate clocked in at 0.61%.

A total of 1,068 New Yorkers are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, 75 fewer than the previous day and the lowest since Oct. 25, 2020.

Around the boroughs, The Bronx currently has the highest seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate at 0.58%, followed by Queens at 0.57%.

More than 100,000 vaccines were administered over the past 24 hours in New York.

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