Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed over the weekend that the number of patients hospitalized in New York for COVID-19 had reached an all-time low. Since the introduction of federally licensed vaccines, hospitalizations, a significant indicator followed by state health officials in tracking the spread of the virus, have been steadily declining. On Sunday, New York recorded a record-low number of hospitalizations of 330, down 41 patients from the previous day’s low.
Since that data began to be reported daily, 410 COVID patients have been admitted to hospitals across the state. Only about 90 of the patients are in critical care. Cuomo said in a statement, “The vaccine is the weapon that will win us the war against the COVID-19 beast. It is safe, effective, free and readily available to New Yorkers across the state. Now is the time to do so and get back to living life the way it’s intended to be lived — fully and together.”
More than 10 million New Yorkers have completed their immunization series. Still, experts warn of a rapidly spreading new variation that poses a hazard to people who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. According to new health department data released on Friday, the prevalence of the so-called delta COVID variant in New York City has nearly doubled since officials’ previous study.