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New York's COVID-19 positivity rate falls below 1.5%

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49% on Saturday, dropping below 1.5% for the first time since Oct. 28. 

The statewide seven-day average positivity rate was at 1.84%

The seven-day average positivity rate in the Finger Lakes Region reported on Sunday stood at 2.81%. That was the second highest level in the state. Western New York (Buffalo-area) had a seven-day average positivity rate of 3.38%.

The percentage of New Yorkers who have had at least one vaccine dose is 46.5%

The percentage of New Yorkers with the completed vaccine series is 34.9%

In the Finger Lakes region, the number of people who have had at least one vaccine dose is 47.5%. The number of people who have had the completed vaccine series is 37.1%. In Monroe County, the number of individuals with at least one vaccine dose is 50.3%.

In a statement released on Sunday, Cuomo said, "Our progress in beating back this virus has allowed us to slowly reopen our state and, if more people get vaccinated and the overall metrics continue to move in the right direction, we are optimistic that we can stay on this trajectory. We cannot afford to get cocky, nor can we get lax in our vaccination efforts.”

According to numbers released by Monroe County on Sunday, there were 204 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 212 new cases per day.  The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 2.9%.

There are 201 individuals hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region, 46 are in ICU. 

Here is the age breakdown of the latest Monroe County cases:

Credit Monroe County Dept. of Public Health

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.