NY state's COVID positivity rate drops to 2.99%, lowest in nearly 3 months

File photo: People with appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine wait on line at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Wednesday, February 3, 2021
File photo: People with appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine wait on line at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Photo credit The Journal News-USA TODAY NETWORK

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York state’s single-day COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 3% for the first time in nearly three months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Saturday’s statewide single-day positivity rate was 2.99%, a decline from Friday’s 3.06%. It’s the lowest level since Nov. 23, three days before Thanksgiving.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate also declined from 3.53% to 3.44%. It has declined for 44 straight days after the "post-holiday surge" in cases.

New York reported 6,610 new COVID-19 cases Saturday out of 221,157 tests conducted.

Hospitalizations declined by 213 to 5,764. The number of patients in intensive care remained at 1,162, while the number of intubated patients declined by 7 to 794.

The state reported another 75 deaths, bringing the pandemic death toll to 37,851, according to state data.

There were 3,384 new cases and 38 more deaths in New York City on Saturday, the state said.

Cuomo also announced Sunday that the South African coronavirus variant has been identified in a New York state resident for the first time.

“We continue to see a reduction in positivity and hospitalizations throughout the state, which is good news, and this progress is allowing us to reopen the valve on our economy even further,” Cuomo said in a statement. “But with the discovery of a case of the South African variant in the state, it's more important than ever for New Yorkers to stay vigilant, wear masks, wash hands and stay socially distanced.”