Fireworks over Utica to celebrate lifting of Covid restrictions

Governor, Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that most COVID restrictions were lifted, effective immediately, after data showed that 70 percent of the state's population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Posted: Jun 16, 2021 12:04 AM
Updated: Jun 16, 2021 12:04 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica skyline was lit up with fireworks as New York State hit a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Governor, Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that most COVID restrictions were lifted, effective immediately, after data showed that 70 percent of the state's population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

After a year and a half of restrictions, it seems to be noteworthy part in this process, and people are glad that the state is one of many in the country turning the corner. Cathy Jantzen, a former healthcare worker, had to leave the industry once the pandemic began in 2020 due to her husband's already compromised health history. She says she's glad that the state can finally move on.

"We're free, it's amazing. It's been a long battle."

A long battle that, for some nations around the world, is still happening. Multiple variants are still affecting those in other countries, but Dawn Jones hopes this will help the rest of the world in their recovery as well. 

"There's been so many deaths. I just want it to be over."

Man are thinking about the first thing they'll do now that restrictions are lifted. For Jones, she's focused on seeing her family, including her great grandchildren, who she hasn't been able to visit since the pandemic began.

"(I want to) be with my family. We're going to have a big to-do in Indiana because my daughter is there and I haven't really be able to see her because we haven't been able to travel."

An opportunity that Jones, and many others will now finally be able to safely take part in as a step to return to a state of normalcy that New Yorkers have been craving for over a year. 

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2144741

Reported Deaths: 53625
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Kings28693510515
Queens28186010017
Suffolk2038173412
Nassau1868083184
Bronx1863366595
New York1424754529
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Monroe698271117
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Rockland47345758
Onondaga39420680
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Albany25001358
Oneida22802518
Niagara20228375
Broome18776367
Saratoga15691168
Ulster14096258
Schenectady13347206
Rensselaer11405145
Putnam1072593
Chautauqua9004146
Chemung7838137
Oswego769493
Ontario749993
Steuben7008147
Sullivan675876
St. Lawrence673897
Cayuga641792
Jefferson625368
Wayne584573
Cattaraugus577793
Genesee5456124
Herkimer5251110
Clinton487533
Madison460589
Livingston455560
Fulton446093
Tompkins442852
Montgomery4290128
Columbia4125104
Cortland396564
Tioga386963
Warren375762
Wyoming362053
Allegany357887
Chenango354677
Otsego349047
Greene346779
Washington319955
Orleans314383
Lewis283536
Franklin257512
Delaware242539
Seneca203057
Schoharie173019
Essex162926
Yates118226
Schuyler108914
Hamilton3182
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