NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 9,055, positivity rate 6.18 pct: governor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 9,055 on Wednesday in New York state, down from 9,273 on Tuesday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

Of the 224,569 COVID-19 tests reported on Wednesday in the state, 13,886 were positive, or 6.18 percent of the total, down from 6.84 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities went down to 174 on Wednesday, compared with 185 on Tuesday.

"COVID-19 is continuing to spread across the state, and the footrace continues between our ability to quickly distribute the vaccine -- hampered only by supply -- and the virus' new strains and new cases," Cuomo was quoted as saying in an official release.

"Our large network of distribution sites is ready, willing and able to get more vaccines to New Yorkers, faster -- all we need is the supply. In the meantime, New Yorkers who aren't yet eligible should stay vigilant as we get through the winter, washing their hands, wearing masks and socially distancing," he said.

"The extent of community spread is a function of our actions, and we can slow it down. Our citizens have already been brave and resilient through the enormous hardship that we've faced over the last year, saving countless lives. Now we need to get through to the light at the end of the tunnel," he added.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 41,785 coronavirus deaths in New York state, the worst in the country.

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