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34 consecutive days of decline, down 48% since early January post-holiday peak
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Across the state, from hospitalizations to infection rate, our numbers are continuing to decline – a sign of hope to all and proof of the dedication New Yorkers have shown to defeating this beast," Cuomo said. "We are headed in the right direction, but we are not at the end of the tunnel yet. Until the day the war is won and everyone who wants one has the vaccine, we must continue to practice the guidelines we know work: washing your hands, wearing a mask and avoiding gatherings. I know we will remain ‘New York Tough’ and see that day together."
Cuomo reported a statewide coronavirus positivity rate of 3.54% – that’s lowest it’s been since Nov. 25, and marks 34 consecutive days of decline. Overall, the positivity rate is down 48% since the early January post-holiday/post-Buffalo Bills playoffs peak
Western New York’s positivity rate was 3.51%. Per the state tracker, Niagara County was at 4.8% on Thursday, with 90 new positive cases out of 2,364 tests. In Erie County, the rate was 4.4% (388 reported positive out of 12,134 tested).
Regarding the progress of vaccinations, Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said, “The Niagara County Health Department has exhausted this week’s supply of the COVID-19 vaccine and, as such, our point of dispensing (POD) site at the Kenan Center in Lockport is closed for this week. To date, the county Health Department has completed over 4,800 first-dose vaccinations and 950 second-dose vaccinations.
“I remind people that we do not take appointments until we have the vaccinations in hand to avoid having to potentially cancel. This week, once we received a supply of about 400 doses, we opened up those appointment and they were filled within 15 minutes. We do not yet know how much vaccine we will receive for next week and, with that, do not know when appointment scheduling will resume.
“Last, these are just numbers for the Niagara County Health Department’s POD. There are PODS being run by other entities. I urge residents to continue checking the state website at ny.gov for information on the state POD at the UB South Campus and to contact their local pharmacies as well.”