Mar 25, 2021
- Thanks to our dedicated professionals and volunteers, we have hit a new 24-hour record for the number of vaccine doses administeredâ202,123âand we are administering more than a million doses every week. As we continue our outreach in the hard-hit communities to address the social and racial disparities statewide, we all must continue to take safety precautions since the virus is still a risk. I urge eligible New Yorkers to register for the vaccine. If we sustain this comprehensive offense, we will defeat COVIDâand we will be the better for it.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
1. COVID hospitalizations dropped to 4,600. Of the 268,276 tests reported yesterday, 8,081, or 3.01 percent, were positive. The 7-day average percent positivity is 3.37 percent. There were 931 patients in ICU yesterday, up 13 from the previous day. Of them, 583 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 45 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. As of 11am this morning, 27.5 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 202,123 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 8,231,872 total doses with 14.6 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State's Vaccine Tracker: ny.gov/vaccinetracker.
3. Fourteen community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week. These sites at houses of worship, community centers and local businesses are expected to vaccinate more than 4,200 people throughout this week. Since January 15, more than 160 community-based pop-up sites administered more than 62,500 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
4. To date, New York has conducted over 43 million tests. New York continues to lead in testing and in less than a week we've conducted one million tests. Getting tested for COVID regularly is a smart way to ensure you stay in good health. 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": A Southwest Airlines employee went to "infinity and beyond" to reunite a young boy and his favorite toy. Two-year-old Hagen accidentally left his beloved Buzz Lightyear toy on a Southwest plane in Dallas, TX, but by the time Hagen and his family realized, the plane was already in another state. Southwest Airlines agent Jason found the action figure and was able to send Buzz back home to Hagen.
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