New York, once a leader in coronavirus cases during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded the lowest coronavirus positive rate in the country over the last day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced.
The state's one-day COVID case rate stood at 0.64%, Cuomo said. But positive rates continue to vary by region.
The Finger Lakes region of New York holds the highest COVID positive rate of 1.46%, Cuomo said. That's still far lower than the worst days of the pandemic, which has killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
COVID-related hospitalizations in New York have fallen to 1,007 people and 11 deaths were confirmed in the last 24 hours, Cuomo said.
"People of New York did it, no one else," Cuomo said. "It was their behavior."
Meanwhile, vaccinations continue. The full vaccination count among New Yorkers stands at 57.6%, Cuomo announced, as the state seeks to induce more vaccinations through prizes and raffles. On Wednesday, Cuomo announced 10 teens who had won a $100,000 college scholarship as part of a raffle entry to encourage young people to get their shots.
Officials have continued to urge vaccinations as the pace of shots have slowed in recent weeks. Cuomo pointed to the range of events and public gathering places people can once again attend if they are fully vaccinated.
The New York Mets are set to offer 90% of their seats to fully vaccinated people.
"You will see other sports teams doing that, you will see movie theaters starting to do that, you will see restaurants doing that, because it is a safer environment," Cuomo said. "It's another reason to get the vaccine."