Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that a second case of a COVID-19 mutant in South Africa was confirmed in Nassau County, but overall positive levels of viral testing continued to decline throughout the state.
Health officials also identified 18 new cases of British variants across the state, reaching a total of 154, he said.State had Report the first case of Long Island Nassau County confirmed that an individual living in Glen Head had signed it, and on Sunday a variant of South Africa.
Health organization Track the appearance of variants Study how contagious they are and examine the effectiveness of existing vaccines.
The seven-day average positive rate for state-wide test results was 3.46%, steadily declining, while the daily positive rate from 157,333 test results on Monday was 4.23%. The 7-day level on Long Island was 4.3%, while New York City recorded 4.49%.
“All of our reduced hospitalization and infection rates are due to the dedication that New Yorkers have repeatedly shown to defeat this invisible enemy,” Cuomo said.
The number of new positives confirmed from the test results on Monday was 640 in Nassau County, 554 in Suffolk County, and 3,532 in New York City.
Cuomo released the latest figure the next day Take action to promote further resumption of economic activityThis includes allowing partial returns of New York City cinemas, increasing the number of people allowed for indoor weddings and catering halls, and allowing visitors to visit nursing homes under certain conditions. Includes mitigation.
“As our rate continues to decline, we are opening up the economy and proving that vaccine distribution is fair and equitable,” Cuomo said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter every day, but we’re not there yet. I advise New Yorkers to stay vigilant until they win the war. Wear a mask and stay socially distant. Place and wash your hands. “
Meanwhile, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi, along with visiting nurses and traveling clinicians, will distribute Johnson & Johnson vaccines directly to people who cannot find shots. He said he had a plan. The city said it is aiming to start next month, even though the vaccine has not yet been approved for emergency use.
“We are ready to do door-to-door sales or home vaccinations for the elderly at home very quickly,” he said. The city said it was waiting for the company to submit it to federal regulators.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not expected to require the same refrigeration as the two vaccines currently approved by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that New York City had received 1,547,000 vaccinations so far. His goal is to vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers 5 million times by June.
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Who is the target of the COVID-19 shot?
The state of New York has expanded its list of eligible residents to include people over the age of 65, as well as those with underlying conditions that put them at higher risk.State had before Expand vaccination program Include essential workers and people over the age of 75, in addition to health care workers and nursing home residents and staff. Vaccine supply is limited as more groups are added. The hospital will continue to prioritize first-stage unvaccinated members, with a focus primarily on healthcare professionals. The following are the target categories revised on February 9th.
Phase 1A group
The state said that about 2.1 million people belong to this group:
- Hospital health care workers interacting with patients.
- Residents and staff of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
- Dentist, psychologist, Others who are considered healthcare professionals In direct contact with the patient.
- Employees of a federal qualified health center.
- EMT volunteers and staff.
- Coroner, coroner, some funeral workers.
- State facility staff and residents for people with developmental disabilities, mental health care and addiction services.
- An employee of an emergency medical center.
- Individuals receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, including staff in the community health department.
- Outpatient center staff.
- Home care and hospice workers.
- Residents and staff of other medical facilities.
Phase 1B group
The state estimates that approximately 3.2 million inhabitants belong to this group, including:
- Those over 75 years old.
- Face-to-face university teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school managers, associate professional staff, support staff, school contractors, teachers and educational workers including bus drivers.
- First responder, including police. Firefighters; State Police; Sheriff Offices; County, Town and Village Police Stations, and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Public security workers, including dispatchers and technicians.
- Public transport workers, including employees of airports, railroads, subways, buses, ferries and port authorities.
- Prison officer.
- Other oaths and civilians, such as courts and police officers.
- Workers in a grocery store dealing with the public.
- An individual living in a homeless shelter.
Follow federal recommendations:
Added at the discretion of the local government:
- Taxi driver.
- Restaurant worker.
- Residents of facilities for people with developmental disabilities.
Source: Northwell Health, NY.
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