NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 8,484 on Saturday in New York State, down from 8,527 on Friday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday.
Meanwhile, of the 246,836 COVID-19 tests reported on Saturday in the state, 15,355 were positive, or 6.22 percent of the total, down from 6.57 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities went down to 151 on Saturday, compared with 188 on Friday.
Also on Sunday, the governor announced a legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth for all, a proposal to modernize the Department of Health's Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and another legislation to provide New York nurses priority access to The State University of New York (SUNY) and The City University of New York (CUNY) programs, all as part of the 2021 State of the State Address.
"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," Cuomo said 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 Sunday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 39,528 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.