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Hochul says New Yorkers are doing the right thing: COVID positivity rate declines further

The COVID-19 positivity rate continued to decline on Sunday, as Governor Kathy Hochul gave a status update on the state’s battle against the Omicron variant.

“New Yorkers are doing the right thing – getting vaccinated and receiving their booster, wearing their masks, and staying home when they’re sick,” Gov. Hochul said. “The winter surge plan, too, is working to ensure we manage COVID-19 after the peak of Omicron and keep New Yorkers healthy and safe. The vaccine is safe, effective, free, and readily available all over the state. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, I encourage you to do so immediately – it’s the best weapon we have in this fight against the pandemic.”

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

The state’s positivity rate was 5.06%. There were 8,781 confirmed cases in the 24 hours before out of more than 173,000 tests.

Hospitalizations declined by 558 on Sunday- bringing the total hospitalized to 7,117. There were nine fewer ICU admissions in the state, leaving 1,177.

Over 1,200 were discharged from the hospital.

The Finger Lakes region saw a two percentage point decline over the last 48 hours in confirmed COVID positivity. Central New York’s positive rate declined by approximately 1%.

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