NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 4,529, positivity rate up to 3.52 pct: governor

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NEW YORK, March 28 (Xinhua) — The COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State dropped to 4,529 on Saturday, compared with 4,578 one day earlier, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the single-day COVID-19 test positivity rate rose to 3.52 percent on Saturday from 3.15 percent on Friday, he said, adding that there were 64 COVID-19 deaths in the state on Saturday, compared with 76 one day earlier.

“The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war, and each day more New Yorkers are getting vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the infection rate also depends on what we do, and New Yorkers should continue staying safe and protecting one another as the virus continues to spread in our state,” the governor was quoted as saying in an official release.

“Simple behaviors like wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing can have outsize impact, especially when communities make the collective decision to follow the rules. Our vast distribution network is at the ready to ramp up vaccinations, but we still have a long way to go before defeating COVID-19 and ending the pandemic once and for all,” he added.

In another tweet on Sunday, Cuomo said that “29.2% of New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 16.3% have completed their vaccine series. 194,837 total doses were administered over the past 24 hours. 8,885,551 total doses administered to date.”

As of Sunday afternoon, the total COVID-19 deaths in New York State topped 50,000 to reach 50,017, the second worst in the country following the state of California with a death toll of 58,942, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Enditem

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