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New York's COVID-19 positivity rate hits a new record low

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has hit a new record low. That’s according to data released Saturday by Governor Andrew Cuomo which shows that infection rate at .54%. That represents 61 straight days of decline.

The 7-day average positivity rate for the Finger Lakes has also been declining, but at 1.08% it is still the highest of any region in the state.

On Saturday, the Monroe County Department of Public Health reported 53 new cases of COVID-19.

In terms of vaccinations, the percentage of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose is 54.4%.

The percentage of New Yorkers with the completed vaccine series is 46.8%.

In the Finger Lakes region the percentage of the population with at least one vaccine dose is 54.6%.

The percentage of people with the completed series is 48.2%.

The governor also announced Saturday that the state’s ‘Vax and Scratch’ program, which provides free NYS lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over with a grand prize of $5 million will extended into next week at 10 state mass vaccination sites. That includes the state vaccination site at the Dome Arena in Henrietta.

The lottery ticket, which is sold by retailers across the state for $20, will be provided free to individuals 18+ who take their first dose of Pfizer or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one of the sites. The sites are open to both walk-ins andappointments.

Here is the age breakdown of the latest COVID-19 cases in Monroe County:

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.