COVID cases rising across NY faster than fall 2020 despite vaccinations


ALBANY, N.Y. — The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in New York continued to swell on Saturday, according to state Health Department data.

The state DOH reported 3,050 new cases were confirmed on Friday. It was the first time a daily new case total has crested over 3,000 since May 7, according to Health Department data.

The concerning milestone, fueled by the delta variant, came one day after the state posted a seven-day average of daily new cases over 2,000 for the first time since May 13.

The rise in cases is happening at a faster and steadier pace now than it did last fall, before anyone was vaccinated.

About 57% of eligible New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, with vaccination rates lowest in rural counties as well as in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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