NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 8,527, positivity rate 6.57 pct: governor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 8,527 on Friday in New York State, down from 8,561 on Thursday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.

Meanwhile, of the 258,031 COVID-19 tests reported on Friday in the state, 16,943 were positive, or 6.57 percent of the total, down from 7.72 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities went up to 188 on Friday, compared with 161 on Thursday.

"Starting Monday, NYS will begin scheduling vaccinations for the next group of people (Phase 1B): People age 75+, Education workers, First responders (police, fire), Public transit workers and Public safety workers," said the governor in a tweet on Friday. "Sites will include pharmacies, doctors' offices, Javits Center & more."

Also on Friday, Cuomo signed an executive order expanding the eligible pool of trainees who can administer COVID-19 vaccines at distribution sites to include licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, emergency medical technicians and certain eligible students.

As of Saturday noon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 39,282 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.

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