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NYS Coronavirus Update: 62 Million Tests Conducted

Aug 13, 2021

- New York has come so far in its fight against COVID and we need to ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent the state from slipping backward. The answer here is simple: Get vaccinated. It's never been easier and I am urging those who are eligible and have not received their vaccine yet to do so as soon as possible. The vaccine is safe, accessible and free—it is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our communities safe.

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Here's what else you need to know tonight:

1. COVID hospitalizations are at 1,448. Of the 153,925 tests reported yesterday, 4,701, or 3.05 percent, were positive. The 7-day positivity average was 3.05 percent. There were 289 patients in ICU yesterday, up one from the previous day. Of them, 118 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 16 New Yorkers to the virus.

2. As of 11am this morning, 77.0 of adult New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose, per the CDC. Over the past 24 hours, 53,818 total doses have been administered. To date, New York has administered 22,756,366 total doses with 69.5 percent of adult New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See additional data on the State's Vaccine Tracker.

3. To date, New York has conducted over 62 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.

4. Follow VaccinateNY's Instagram for trusted information and content about the COVID-19 vaccines. To help New Yorkers stay informed about the COVID vaccines and help kids get ready to go back to school safely, the State and the NYS Department of Health launched a new Instagram account to encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated.

Tonight's "Deep Breath Moment": The Hudson Valley is filled with a host of outdoor travel destinations. Among them is a mysterious ruin of the Cornish Estate. Part of Hudson Highlands State Park, this site is a popular hiking attraction for many, and Peekskill resident Thom Johnson is leading an effort to learn more about the structure. With the help of a $20,000 grant from Parks and Trails New York, the Northgate Project hopes to uncover more about the estate's history and uncover more of New York's past.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo