New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 4 percent for the first time since November

US Governor Kathy Hochhol said Saturday that the one-day COVID-19 positive rate has fallen below 4 percent in New York for the first time since November 26.

Of the 192,754 test results reported Friday, Hochhol said, 7,246 — or 3.76 percent — were positive.

Friday’s positivity rate, when measured over a seven-day average, was 4.87 percent statewide and 3.09 percent in New York City, the lowest in the state.

The truck is tested in Times Square on January 4, 2022 in New York City.  The United States recorded more than 1 million cases of Covid-19 on January 3, 2022
The positive one-day rate has not been this low in New York since November.
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Hochhol said 5,466 people were hospitalized with the virus across the state on Friday, the lowest number since Christmas.

“As we come down from Omicron’s peak, it’s clear that New Yorkers are doing the right things to keep each other safe and healthy,” Hochul said.

And deaths have fallen below 100 to 91, including 44 among New York City residents.

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