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On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York's state's seven-day average COVID-19 positivity rate had declined for 23 straight days.
"We've dealt with a holiday surge driven by increased social activity, the surge is reducing, and the state's seven-day average positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days, which is a significant trend," he said. "As we continue to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as supply will allow, with our expansive distribution network ready to vaccinate significantly more people, it's critical that New Yorkers stay safe. All the models show a continued reduction, and so we've been able to loosen restrictions with micro-clusters, the ‘orange zones,’ and New York City indoor dining. In the here and now, the news is very good, but keep an eye on the U.K. variants and the other variants, because all of them suggest more diligence will be needed."