3 New York State Regions Have COVID-19 Positivity Rates Over 10%
The threat of another shutdown or mandates could be looming, as three regions have COVID-19 7-day average positivity rates above 10 percent. Three others are quickly approaching 10 percent. Governor Kathy Hochul said,
The vaccine and booster are our best tools to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and keep the numbers down. As the two new and highly contagious variants continue to circulate, make sure you are getting tested and if you test positive please stay home and consult your doctor on available treatments. Be smart, wear your mask if you're around vulnerable family members and think it's necessary, and make sure the friends and family you are spending time with are vaccinated and boosted if eligible.
There are 8 of the 10 regions with 7-day average positivity rates over 5 percent - Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York.
Here are the three New York regions with COVID-19 7-day average positivity rates reported, as by the Governor's Office, above 10 percent, (the most up-to-date data):
Effective Monday, April 4, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is no longer requiring testing facilities that use COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to report negative results. As a result, New York State's percent positive metric will be computed using only lab-reported PCR results.
Finger Lakes - April 17 - 11.11%
Western New York - April 17 - 12.76%
Central New York - April 17 - 14.68%
Here Are The Three New York Regions That Are Quickly Approaching 10 Percent:
Capital Region - April 17 - 8.26%
Mohawk Valley - April 17 - 8.76%
Southern Tier - April 17 - 9.22%
Once again, New York State's most populated region, New York City, is actually doing the best when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Here Are The COVID-19 7-Day Average Positivity Rates For The Rest Of The Regions:
Statewide - April 17 - 5.12%
New York City - April 17 - 3.29%
Mid-Hudson - April 17 - 4.61%
Long Island - April 17 - 5.46%
North Country - April 17 - 7.41%