New York City at Lowest Covid-19 Positivity Rate Since Start of Pandemic

By Kurt Stolz on 1 June 2021
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A desolate Grand Central Terminal, the third-busiest train station in North America, during the height of the pandemic

New York City hit a major milestone Tuesday when officials there reported the lowest Covid-19 positivity rate since tracking of the coronavirus pandemic had begun.

The rate – 0.83% – reflected the percentage of coronavirus tests that had positive results in the past seven days.

The Big Apple was once the epicenter of the pandemic and the city was virtually shut down for the better part of a year.

The news was celebrated by the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio, during his virtual morning press conference and came as New York State officials said that the state’s seven-day average positivity rate was 0.65% after 57 days of declining numbers.

“Since we started testing and measuring, this is the lowest level that we’ve had,” he said, adding that “it’s absolutely amazing.”

As the infection rate has declined, officials across the state have loosened restrictions and allowed more types of businesses to reopen, although the state nonetheless has a long way to go before getting to have 70% of the population fully vaccinated. While 65% of the population in the state has had at least one shot, only 53.7% of the total eligible population has had a single dose.

“We’ve followed the science and the data and reduced restrictions on people and businesses, but our priority remains getting more people vaccinated,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement Monday.

Meanwhile, Mayor De Blasio said that the news of the low positivity rate was “another clear piece of evidence that New York City is coming back strong.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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