NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 8,802 on Friday in New York State, down from 8,846 on Thursday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.
Of the 262,106 COVID-19 tests reported on Friday in the state, 13,786 were positive, or 5.26 percent of the total, down from 5.65 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities fell to 144 on Friday, compared with 165 on Thursday.
"COVID showed us low tide in America. It exposed the ugliness that lies beneath. The racism, disparities and inequality," the governor said in another tweet. "In NYS we will ensure that no New Yorker is left behind in the vaccine distribution."
Also on Saturday, Cuomo visited a vaccination site at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), announcing the state's determination to ensure a fair and equitable vaccine distribution.
As of Saturday noon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 41,974 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.