ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State reported its lowest statewide positivity rate since November on Thursday, at 3.54%.
On Nov. 25, the rate was 3.62%, but rose to more than 8% in January after a surge in cases following the holidays.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this is a sign New York is “headed in the right direction.”
"Across the state, from hospitalizations to infection rate, our numbers are continuing to decline - a sign of hope to all and proof of the dedication New Yorkers have shown to defeating this beast,” he said. "We are headed in the right direction, but we are not at the end of the tunnel yet. Until the day the war is won and everyone who wants one has the vaccine, we must continue to practice the guidelines we know work - washing your hands, wearing a mask and avoiding gatherings. I know we will remain New York Tough and see that day together."
The Mohawk Valley has the third-lowest percentage of positive test results on a seven-day average at 2.57%.
The Southern Tier has the lowest rate in the state as of Wednesday’s date, while Long Island has the highest.
The positivity rates by region on a seven-day average are listed below:
- Capital Region: 3.03%
- Central New York: 1.79%
- Finger Lakes: 2.66%
- Long Island: 5.17%
- Mid-Hudson: 5.06%
- Mohawk Valley: 2.57%
- New York City: 4.95%
- North Country: 4.24%
- Southern Tier: 1.02%
- Western New York: 3.51%