The city’s infection rate as measured by a seven-day rolling average dipped below 5 percent for the first time in five months, coming in at 4.91 percent. The last time that number was below the five-percent threshold was on November 29.
Hospitalizations and new case numbers are also going down. According to data released by the state, New York City saw 163 people admitted to city hospitals during that same time period with COVID-like symptoms. Just under 60 percent of them actually tested positive for coronavirus.
And the seven-day rolling average of new cases was at 2,384.
The city also set a new record for COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, with 106,258 people receiving a first or second dose last Friday. To date, the city has administered over 5.5 million doses.
But we’re not out of the woods yet. New Yorkers need to stay vigilant to ensure we don’t see another spike as more and more of the city’s public spaces, businesses and cultural attractions continue to re-open.
In a troubling sign, a new poll by Spectrum News/Ipsos of 3,000 New Yorkers found that one-quarter of them either don’t plan to get a COVID vaccine shot or are still undecided. Obviously, getting a dose is a personal decision, but it’s obvious the vaccine is working.
We would urge all New Yorkers to seriously consider getting the shot so we can continue to beat back the coronavirus here, because signs from around the world are not as positive as they are in New York City.
The State Department announced this week it would update its travel advisories, and that approximately 80 percent of the world’s countries will be placed on the “Do Not Travel” list.
It warned that even vaccinated people are at risk of contracting one of the highly contagious variants of the disease emerging around the world.
It’s clear that we still have work left to do to beat coronavirus, but after a year it appears that some of the sacrifices we all made are starting to pay off.