ALBANY – New York state continued to back down in its fight against COVID on Tuesday, with a 10% increase in single-day hospitalizations and double-digit positive test rates reported in several counties.
The Delta variant of COVID-19, more easily transmitted than the strains that sickened and killed so many people in 2020, is blamed for the rise – only 58% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, and scientists believe that vaccinated people are able to transmit the disease to a third of New Yorkers who have not received any vaccines.
The vaccine is free and has been available for months without an appointment or delay, but acceptance has declined dramatically since early spring. Most of those who wanted to be vaccinated probably were; others are ineligible or reluctant or strongly opposed to the vaccine.
But the surge in new infections during the summer of 2021 – after the summer of 2020 saw new infections slow to a trickle – may change your mind. Nearly 303,000 doses were administered in New York City in the past seven days, significantly more than the one-week totals reported in July.
“The Delta variant threatens to hamper our ability to rebuild and revitalize New York City for the future, and getting shot is the surest way out of the COVID crisis,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a report on Tuesday. Press release.
The following data was reported by state and county health departments on Tuesday:
- The statewide count of hospitalized COVID-positive patients fell from 1,225 on Sunday to 1,345 on Monday.
- On a seven-day moving average, 4.5% of COVID tests returned positive in the eight-county capital region on Monday, the highest among the state’s 10 regions.
- The one-day average, which is a less useful measure of the COVID pandemic due to one-off peaks, was 8.4% in Schenectady County on Monday, 10.3% in Schoharie County and 15, 1% in Montgomery County; each said 0.0% over several days in June.
- In Schenectady County, 83.5% of the adult population was at least partially vaccinated on Tuesday, the second highest rate in the state after Nassau County (84.0%).
- Fulton County had the state’s lowest at least partial vaccination rates on Tuesday: 54.1%.
- Seventeen new COVID-related deaths were recorded across the state on Monday, including one in Schenectady County.
- The number of new infections is much lower than the post-holiday surge in early 2021: 15,355 on January 9 compared to 3,222 on August 9.
- The number of new infections is much higher than the lull of late spring 2021: 566 on June 9 compared to 3,222 on August 9.
- The seven-day positive test rates as of Tuesday were as follows: New York State, 3.0%; Capital region, 4.4%; Mohawk Valley, 3.8%; Albany County, 5.1%; Fulton County, 3.2%; Montgomery County, 7.1%; Rensselaer County, 3.9%; Saratoga County, 4.6%; Schenectady County, 5.5%; Schoharie County, 7.8%.
- Breakthrough infections – new COVID infections affecting fully vaccinated people – continue to rise. Saratoga County reports that 43.4% of new infections recorded in the past seven days are breakthroughs, while neighboring Warren County reported a one-month gradual increase in breakthrough infections.
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