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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop in New York, While Vaccinations Climb

NEW YORK NOW - More than half of eligible adults in New York have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and hospitalizations from the virus dropped to their lowest point since the start of December, Gov. Cuomo said Thursday.

Hospitalizations, in particular, had plateaued in recent weeks, with the hope that higher vaccination rates would lead to fewer patients requiring treatment for the virus.

But, in recent days, the state’s COVID-19 indicators have shifted downward, with a decline in the statewide positivity rate compared to numbers seen in March. New deaths from the virus have also ticked down.

“This has been an incredibly trying time for all New Yorkers, and I know COVID fatigue is setting in, but we can't give up fighting this virus until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel,” Cuomo said in a statement.

About a third of adult New Yorkers — 34.1% — have now been fully vaccinated against the virus, while more than half — 50.7% — have received at least one dose of an available vaccine. A total of 12.6 million doses have been administered in New York, according to the state.

Hospitalizations, meanwhile, dropped below 4,000 in New York for the first time since December 1. As of Wednesday, the latest data available, 3,963 people were still hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York.

That’s still more than nine times the number of hospitalizations New York recorded at its lowest point of the virus in August, but less than half of what the state experienced in January, during the peak of the current surge.

Hospitalizations had hovered around 4,500 for most of the month of March, and the start of April. The statewide positivity rate had appeared to stick along with it.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be another uptick of the virus, but data over the last few days has shown a trend in the right direction in New York.