NYS Coronavirus Update: Lowest Single-Day Positivity Rate — First 10 Vaccine Scholarship Winners Announced

Yesterday, there were fewer than 17,000 COVID cases in the U.S. and New York, we saw a record-low positivity rate of 0.44 percent. And for the first time in over eight months, hospitalizations fell below 1,000. These numbers really show that vaccines work. New York is back, and that’s a testament to the New Yorkers who have stayed tough and smart over the last year. The vaccines are safe, free, and effective, period, and the sooner we get each and every eligible New Yorker vaccinated, the sooner we can finish off this pandemic once and for all.  
Photo of the Day: New York is back.  

Here’s what else you need to know tonight:  
1. COVID hospitalizations are at 970. Of the 128,002 tests reported yesterday, 565, or 0.44 percent, were positive. The 7-day average percent positivity was 0.60 percent. There were 245 patients in ICU yesterday, down seven from the previous day. Of them, 143 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 10 New Yorkers to the virus.   
2. As of 11am yesterday, 65.7 percent of adult New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 77,131 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 19,226,670 total doses with 57.6 percent of adult New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See additional data on the State’s Vaccine Tracker.  
3. Yesterday, we announced the first 10 winners of the State’s Vaccine Scholarship incentive. These 10 vaccinated New Yorkers will attend a SUNY or CUNY school with their tuition and room & board covered. And with four more drawings, there are still opportunities for a chance to win a full-ride, four-year scholarship to a state college or university. Learn more and get a shot to make your future.   
4. A new pop-up vaccination site will open at Belmont Park to coincide with the 2021 Belmont Stakes. The site will operate adjacent to the Clubhouse Entrance of Belmont Park on Friday, June 4, from 12pm to 6pm and on Saturday, June 5, from 9am to 5pm. Racing fans who get vaccinated at the site will receive complimentary general admission to the 2022 Belmont Stakes.   
5. Starting June 11, Citi Field will expand vaccinated seating capacity. The stadium will expand its vaccinated seating to 90 percent of the stadium for Mets home games. More fans, more energy—another reason to get vaccinated. Excelsior Pass is accepted at Citi Field as proof of vaccination.   
6. The New York International Auto Show will return to the Javits Center this August. Thanks to the expansion at the Javits Center, the event will be held at pre-pandemic levels. Tickets for the auto show go on sale June 30.   

Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: The Peregrine falcon chicks nesting at the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge need your help—they need names! Visitors to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge can cast their vote for the three chicks that hatched this spring. Voting will be held through Sunday, June 6.   

Ever Upward,  
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo