NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 8,808 on Thursday in New York State, down from 8,823 on Wednesday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
Of the 324,671 COVID-19 tests reported on Thursday in the state, 19,942 were positive, or 6.14 percent of the total, down from 6.42 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities went down to 183 on Thursday, compared with 202 on Wednesday.
The governor also announced on Friday that the first five community vaccination kits have been deployed to NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) housing developments across New York City. These sites bolster New York State's efforts to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in communities that are underserved by traditional healthcare institutions.
"We have one priority and one priority alone -- getting shots into arms -- and as we continue our work to expand the network of vaccination sites, it's critical to make sure the vaccine is distributed fairly and equitably," Cuomo was quoted as saying in an official release.
"Getting the vaccine to New Yorkers who are underserved by traditional health care institutions or living in health care deserts is a top priority, and these sites in NYCHA housing bring us a step closer to that goal. New York is doing its part in getting the vaccine distributed quickly and fairly, but we need the federal government to step up and increase the supply," he said.
"With we have come too far and been through too much to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to be stymied by a slow federal distribution process," he added.
As of Friday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 40,636 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.