June 14, 2021
Single Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State's single-day COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.35 percent, a record low, and that New York's 7-day average positivity rate was 0.42 percent yesterday and remains the lowest in the country, tied with Massachusetts.
"New York's COVID-19 numbers continue to hit record lows and New Yorkers are ready to return to normal, and that's why we're reducing restrictions and providing vaccination incentives across New York State," Governor Cuomo said.
"Vaccination is the key to our success, and New Yorkers who get vaccinated improve the public health and protect their families and friends. We can move forward into a bright future together, but we need anyone who hasn't gotten the vaccine yet to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today."
June 07, 2021
'Vax And Scratch' Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the 'Vax and Scratch' program - which provides free NYS lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over with a grand prize of $5 million - will extend into next week at 10 state mass vaccination sites. The participating sites will be open from Monday, June 7 through Friday, June 11. The program will not impact education funding.
"A robust vaccination program is a vital cornerstone of New York's efforts to rebuild our economy, and the state is implementing creative strategies to convince residents and families to get vaccinated for COVID-19," Governor Cuomo said. "This potential $5 million grand prize for getting vaccinated is the latest salvo in our campaign to convince New Yorkers to take the shot, and we're extending it to give even more people a chance at a winning ticket."
The ticket, which is sold by retailers across the state for $20, will be provided free to individuals 18+ who take their first dose of Pfizer or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one of the sites. The sites are open to both walk-ins and appointments.
May 31, 2021
Low 7-Day Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate
104,851 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours; Hospitalizations Drop to 1,068 - Lowest Since October 25.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the statewide 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.71 percent yesterday, a new record low.
"New York State is beating back COVID and making progress on the numbers, and the key is providing shots in arms for all New Yorkers. Hospitalizations and the positivity rate are declining, but so is the vaccination rate, and we need to get creative to encourage the remaining New Yorkers to take the shot," Governor Cuomo said. "We're providing new and innovative incentives—including park passes, transportation tickets, and even a $5 million lottery—to make sure we can successfully vaccinate the population. It's absolutely critical for us to rebuild our state, reopen our economy and put New Yorkers back to work, so I urge everyone who has not taken the shot to get vaccinated today."
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