The one-time epicenter of the pandemic recorded zero new daily COVID deaths for the first time in recent memory on Tuesday, the state said. It also notched a new record low positivity rate, New York City’s mayor announced as he unveiled the latest slate of vaccine prizes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the 0.83% positivity rate for the five boroughs — the lowest since the city first started reporting that metric more than 14 months ago — a “crucial milestone” as he declared it another key piece of evidence that “New York City is coming back strong.”
“This is a testament to the power of vaccination. This is a testament to the willpower of New Yorkers fighting through this crisis, doing the right things to keep each other safe, going out and getting vaccinated in huge numbers,” de Blasio added. “Let’s keep going. Let’s drive COVID out of New York City once and for all.”
The mayor’s exuberant announcement came the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a new statewide rolling positivity rate low of 0.65%, marking 57 straight days of decline. Hospitalizations held pat at 1,032, the lowest since Oct. 24.