NEW YORK, March 6 (Xinhua) -- COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York state went below 5,000 for the first time in recent months to reach 4,954 on Friday, compared with 5,034 one day earlier, or the lowest since Dec. 7, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the single-day COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped to 2.80 percent on Friday, from 3.02 percent on Thursday, or the lowest since Nov. 21, he said, adding that there were 78 COVID-19 deaths in the state on Friday, compared with 94 one day earlier.
"Protecting New Yorkers and saving lives has always been our top priority, and we're seeing significant progress in reducing the spread of COVID while vaccinating residents as quickly as possible," the governor was quoted as saying in an official release.
"As the COVID numbers decrease, we've been able to slowly open the valve and let economic activity increase, but we still have a lot of work to do to defeat this beast once and for all. Our vaccine distribution network is equipped to handle far more vaccines than the state currently receives, and there's no doubt we'll be able to kick vaccinations into overdrive once the supply increases. It's also critical that we continue making the vaccine accessible to all New Yorkers," he said.
"We're going to get through this pandemic together, but we need everyone to continue taking it seriously and staying vigilant," he added.
As of Saturday noon, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 48,187 deaths in New York state, the second worst in the country following the state of California with a death toll of 53,854.