Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Today, we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID. Starting tomorrow, March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House. Eligible New Yorkers can make an appointment at ny.gov/GetVaccinated or by calling the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). But whether you become eligible tomorrow or next Tuesday, be sure you schedule your vaccine appointment so we can get back to the things we all love.
Here’s what else you need to know tonight:
1. COVID hospitalizations rose to 4,575. Of the 184,530 tests reported yesterday, 7,622, or 4.13 percent, were positive. There were 890 patients in ICU yesterday, up 13 from the previous day. Of them, 521 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 57 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. As of 11am this morning, 29.6 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 171,419 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 9,056,970 total doses with 16.8 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: ny.gov/vaccinetracker.
3. A new mass vaccination site will open in Rockland County. The State will establish an additional state-run mass vaccination site at Rockland Community College’s Eugene Levy Fieldhouse to further grow New York’s vast distribution network. The site is in development and is expected to open Thursday, April 1, with appointments opening on Tuesday, March 30, at 8am. Hours of operation for the Rockland Community College site will be from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week. Eligible New Yorkers will be able to make an appointment online or by calling the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
4. Indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement are now open with a 25 percent capacity limit. Last month, I announced that indoor family entertainment centers will be able to reopen with 25 percent capacity and health protocols in place, which went into effect Friday, March 26.
5. Over 2 million vaccines have been administered at the NYS-FEMA mass vaccination sites. These six sites are hard at work getting eligible New Yorkers vaccinated as fast as supply allows. If you’re eligible, book your appointment today at ny.gov/GetVaccinated.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: There is no age limit when it comes to love. At the young age of 94, Joy Morrow-Nulton and John Shults of Kingston, NY, fell in love during the pandemic, and now plan to get married but on one condition—they both must be vaccinated. Now both Morrow-Nulton and Shults have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and can begin planning their vows for their wedding day. Congratulations to the happy couple.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo