New York City was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and now boasts the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate of any region in the Empire State, according to data from the Department of Health.
The weekly average COVID-19 positivity rate in the Big Apple is 1.16 percent as of Monday, less than half the national average of 2.65 percent.
In comparison, the positivity rate was 6.4 percent in the Buffalo-Western NY region, 6.68 percent in the Finger Lakes, 5.51 percent in the Mohawk Valley, 4.59 percent in the Albany Capital Region, 4.65 percent in the Syracuse-Central NY region, 3.64 percent in the Southern Low, 2.5 percent in Long Island and 1.92 percent in the Hudson Valley.
The seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity in both The Bronx and Manhattan was just under 1 percent.
The positivity rate is 1.44 percent in Staten Island, 1.31 percent in Brooklyn, and 1.24 percent in Queens.
According to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control, 58,413 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said with winter approaching, New Yorkers should remain vigilant and get vaccinated.
“With temperatures dropping and New Yorkers spending more time indoors, it’s vital that we all get vaccinated,” Hochul said when releasing the numbers Tuesday evening.
“With 5-11 year olds now eligible, all school-aged children can now get vaccinated and we are doing everything we can to make sure they do. Not only will it protect the community, but there are plenty of incentive programs out there that provide additional benefits to your chance.”
The low positivity rate in the city comes amid controversy over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate that all municipal government employees be vaccinated.
A separate state decree requires health workers to be vaccinated.