New York State continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic as more residents get vaccinated every single day, but we need everyone who hasn’t taken the shot yet to do so as soon as possible. With the Delta variant here in New York, the time is now to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. There are plenty of options where unvaccinated individuals can get the vaccines, from pharmacies to health clinics to pop-ups and more. Find a provider near you at vaccines.gov and protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID and other variants of concern.
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Here’s what else you need to know tonight:
1. COVID hospitalizations are at 340. Of the 81,951 tests reported yesterday, 956, or 1.17 percent, were positive. The 7-day positivity average was 1.04 percent. There were 75 patients in ICU yesterday, down four from the previous day. Of them, 34 are intubated. Sadly, we lost three New Yorkers to the virus.
2. As of 11am this morning, 73.5 percent of adult New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose, per the CDC. Over the past 24 hours, 38,027 total doses have been administered. To date, New York has administered 21,685,467 total doses with 67.0 percent of adult New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See additional data on the State’s Vaccine Tracker.
3. Remember that masks are required on the MTA and public transit. Even though New York’s COVID restrictions have been lifted, federal CDC guidance remains in effect. Masks required for all riders on public transit, and in certain additional settings, such as health care, nursing homes, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.
4. To date, New York has conducted over 59 million tests. Getting tested for COVID regularly is a great way to ensure your health and the health of those around you. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, get tested. Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location.
Tonight’s “Deep Breath Moment”: Actor and School of the Arts in Rochester alum Taye Diggs surprised his alma mater with a generous gift to help the school. Diggs, who has starred in Broadway musicals and films, graduated from the School of the Arts in 1989. To thank the school and its faculty for their influence on his career and life, the actor donated more than $75,000 for classroom supplies. The donation is part of the AdoptaClassroom.org nonprofit and through this donation, each faculty member will receive $750 each for their classrooms.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo