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Cuomo: 1.5M New Yorkers fully vaccinated in COVID-19 fight

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gives a news conference

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gives a news conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Queens on Wednesday. Credit: AP / Pool / Seth Wenig

Some 1.5 million New Yorkers have received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning they've been fully vaccinated, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, New York's health care distribution sites had administered 90% of first doses delivered so far, officials said.

"New York's vast distribution network has now immunized over 1.5 million New Yorkers, which is really great news," Cuomo said. "We're working hard to keep up that momentum and get shots in arms of the entire eligible population, with special attention to Black, Hispanic and poor communities that have been among the hardest hit by COVID."

On Long Island, 645,335 first doses have been administered, and 536,934 people have received the second dose as well, state officials said. That constitutes 83% of the vaccine received here, officials said.

The state has seen a significant increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, Cuomo said.

Additionally, 157,046 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in New York State in the last 24 hours, Cuomo's office said in a release Saturday morning.

Some 10 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. New York's distribution network and large population of eligible people still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government, state officials said.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York have dropped to the lowest level since Dec. 12, a key sign of the state's progress against the disease, officials said.

Hospitalizations across the state dropped to 5,445, a far cry from early January, when more than 8,500 people were hospitalized. The seven-day average positivity rate decreased to 3.18%, the lowest since Nov. 26, according to state figures for Friday.

Long Island's seven-day average for its positivity rate has also declined, from 4.17% on Wednesday to 4.06% on Friday, the figures said.

"New Yorkers have shown strength and resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we're going to need more of it as we work to get everyone vaccinated across the state," Cuomo said. "The footrace between the positivity rate and the vaccination rate is progressing in our favor and we've been able to reopen different sectors of our economy, but we still need more vaccines to propel us over the finish line."

On Long Island, there were 935 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the state figures showed.

Nassau County had 745 new cases on Friday for a total of 147,472, the figures said.

Nassau had four deaths and Suffolk had six deaths related to the virus.

Nassau's single-day positivity rate on Friday was 3.7%, which County Executive Laura Curran said was part of a steady downward trend.

"Those numbers continue to go in the right direction," Curran said Saturday during a pop-up vaccination event at Elmont Memorial High School. But she warned residents that, especially with the spread of more contagious variants of the virus, they needed to remain cautious.

Curran said more than 17% of Nassau residents had received at least a first dose of the vaccine, the highest rate among major counties in the state.

"We have continuously opened more vaccination sites as our supply allows, and we're ready to get shots in arms as quickly and fairly as possible as our allocations increase," Cuomo said. "We can get to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we're going to need to stay safe and vigilant and care for our fellow New Yorkers."

Suffolk had 665 new cases for a total of 161,632, according to state figures.

A total of 203,796 people in Suffolk have received at least one vaccine dose, an increase of 6,405, according to county figures.

Some 13.8% of the total Suffolk population of 1.48 million people has received at least one dose, the figures said.

A total of 111,756 people in Suffolk have completed their vaccine series, an increase of 4,124, the figures said.

In New York City, the weekly average of COVID-19 positive test results was 7.79%, an average of the last four weeks, according to data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Over that period, there were an average of 21,617 confirmed cases weekly. There was a weekly average of 2,267 new hospitalizations and a weekly average of 511 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

With Matthew Chayes and David Olson.

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