NYC is moving closer and closer to being COVID-free once again.
Today (June 1), Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC’s current COVID-19 positivity rate is 0.83% (seven-day average), the lowest it has been since the pandemic began in March 2020 (or since they officially started tracking numbers).
“Since we started testing and measuring, this is the lowest level that we’ve had. And it’s absolutely amazing,” he said in a daily press conference. “This is a testament to the power of vaccination. This is a testament to the willpower of New Yorkers, fighting through this crisis, doing the right things to keep each other safe, going out and getting vaccinated in huge numbers.”
He says it proves even more that New York City is coming back strong, and even announced that NYC senior centers could now reopen. Outdoor activities can already begin, and indoor activities can continue starting June 14. Since the low positivity rate can of course be attributed to vaccinations, the city is beginning even more incentives and contests to encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
Currently, 8,289,469 vaccine doses have been distributed in NYC since the start of the city’s effort.
New York City’s #COVID19 positivity rate is 0.83% — the lowest since we began tracking numbers.
This is a testament to the power of vaccinations and the power of New Yorkers. We fought through this crisis and we did what we had to do to keep each other safe. pic.twitter.com/yGZAlPDUke
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 1, 2021
The Governor also announced sadly eight New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 yesterday—though it was the lowest single-day death toll since October 30, 2020. None of those were in the city, marking a day of zero deaths for NYC.
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