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Small rise in positivity rate, but COVID-19 numbers remain low

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in New York state still show low infection rates, although the positivity rate has been rising incrementally in recent days.

The state’s seven-day average positivity rate as of Sunday was .56%, up from .51% on Friday.

In the Finger Lakes, the positivity rate was at .62%, up from .55% on Friday.

There were 2 deaths from COVID-19 statewide, in the latest data.

In reaction to the numbers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “with more New Yorkers getting vaccinated every day, our future looks bright.” Cuomo said the state is working to get more people vaccinated by offering new incentives.

The vaccination rate statewide for New Yorkers who have had at least one vaccine dose is 58.1%.

The rate for state residents who have had the completed vaccine series is 53.3%.

In the Finger Lakes, the vaccination rate among those who have had at least one dose is 57.2% and the vaccination rate among those who have had the completed series is 54%.

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.