Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since November 23 - FEBRUARY 20, 2021
Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 3.06%
Hospitalizations Drop to 5,977—Below 6,000 for First Time Since December 14
7-Day Average Positivity Rate Has Declined for 43 Straight Days
1,162 Patients in the ICU; 801 Intubated
97 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the COVID-19 positivity rate yesterday was 3.06 percent, the lowest since November 23. Hospitalizations dropped below 6,000 for the first time since December 14. The 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 43 straight days.
"Our ability to beat back COVID is entirely dependent on our actions, and the post-holiday reduction in positivity and hospitalizations demonstrates that New Yorkers are continuing to do the right things to stay safe. As these numbers go down, vaccinations are going up, and that means we're making real progress toward the light at the end of the tunnel," Governor Cuomo said. "We have the capacity and distribution network to get even more vaccines in arms, but because of limited supply this will continue to be a marathon, not a sprint. In the meantime, we must continue masking up and practicing good social distancing—actions that we know will tame the COVID beast."
Today's data is summarized briefly below:
Test Results Reported - 251,645
Total Positive - 7,692
Percent Positive - 3.06%
7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.53%
Patient Hospitalization - 5,977 (-178)
Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -911