NY state COVID positivity rate drops to 3.06%, lowest since before Thanksgiving: Cuomo

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York state’s coronavirus positivity rate continued to drop Friday, hitting its lowest level since before Thanksgiving, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

The state’s single-day positivity rate was 3.06% on Friday, the lowest since Nov. 23, three days before Thanksgiving.

The statewide seven-day positivity rate dropped to 3.53% and has been declining for 43 straight days, Cuomo said.

“As these numbers go down, vaccinations are going up, and that means we're making real progress toward the light at the end of the tunnel,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Hospitalizations also continued to fall. They declined by 178 patients to 5,977. It’s the first time the number has dropped below 6,000 since Dec. 14.

The number of patients in intensive care declined by 37 to 1,162, while the number of intubated patients fell by 33 to 801.

The state reported another 7,692 cases, a significant decline from the daily cases seen earlier this year. For example, 19,942 new cases were reported on Jan. 15 amid a “post-holiday surge.”

However, the state reported another 97 deaths, bringing the pandemic death toll to 37,776, according to state data.

New York City’s seven-day positivity rate was 4.40% on Friday, the same rate reported Thursday. Another 4,150 cases were reported in the five boroughs, according to the state. Forty-nine of the state's new deaths were in the city.

The new numbers came as the state also launched NY PopsUp, a pilot program that will feature the first indoor live performances since the pandemic began. The festival began Saturday at the Javits Center in Manhattan and is being coordinated with state public health officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.