Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since November 23 - FEBRUARY 18, 2021
7-Day Average Positivity Rate Has Declined for 41 Straight Days
6,434 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide
1,258 Patients in the ICU; 863 Intubated
Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.15%
114 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the daily positivity rate was 3.15 percent yesterday, the lowest since November 23. The 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 41 straight days.
"New Yorkers fought through the holiday surge of COVID-19 and came out on the other side, and now that the numbers are decreasing we're able to loosen the valve and increase economic activity," Governor Cuomo said. "We're in a footrace between ongoing new infections and our ability to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, and although we have vaccine distribution sites at the ready throughout the state, we're limited by available supply. New Yorkers have already had huge burdens to bear, and we're getting to the light at the end of the tunnel, but we need everyone to double down on the behaviors that make such a difference combatting this pandemic. Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distanced, and be safe."
Today's data is summarized briefly below:
Test Results Reported - 215,731
Total Positive - 6,794
Percent Positive - 3.15%
7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.61%
Patient Hospitalization - 6,434 (-140)
Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -908