NY COVID latest: Tuesday, June 15, 2021


A person walks past the “Naming the Lost Memorials” installation to remember the lives lost due to the coronavirus pandemic at The Green-Wood Cemetery on June 11, 2021 in New York City. – An estimated 600,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. The memorial consist of tens of thousands of nameplates with personalized drawings and photos, created by the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones to the virus. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state and New York City, including data on positive cases and other indicators, and information from local officials.

NY lifts most COVID restrictions after hitting 70% vaccination benchmark

It was the moment many New Yorkers had been waiting for: Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially announced the end of most COVID-19 restrictions “effective immediately” on Tuesday.

The announcement came one day after the state hit its goal of getting at least one vaccine shot in the arms of 70% of adult New Yorkers.

Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths

  • Test results reported Monday – 55,438
  • Total positive – 320
  • One-day percent positive – 0.58%
  • Seven-day average percent positive – 0.40%
  • Patient hospitalization – 650 
  • COVID patients in ICU – 161 
  • Patients in ICU with intubation – 88
  • New COVID fatalities – 9
  • Total deaths – 42,882

COVID vaccine latest in New York

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 20,212,046
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 112,891
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past seven days – 597,373
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 67.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 60.6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 70.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 61.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 55.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 49.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 58.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 50.3%

US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

Fireworks to light up NY to celebrate hitting vaccine goal

New York has reached a COVID-19 vaccination rate of 70%, and to celebrate the milestone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced fireworks displays will light up the sky across the state Tuesday night.

Gov. Cuomo’s NY reopening announcement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed new New York reopening announcements during a news conference at One World Trade Center on Tuesday after the state reached its 70% vaccination rate benchmark on Monday.

Watch the news conference below

  • “This is a momentous day, and we deserve it because it has been a long, long road,” Cuomo said.
  • At the peak of the pandemic last year, New York had the highest positivity rate in the world at 48.16%.
  • “New York was the victim of COVID,” Cuomo said.
  • “We were ambushed by COVID … We had people dying of COVID before we even knew it was here,” Cuomo said.
  • The pandemic was a moment that changed us as a society, the governor said.
  • “Where are we today? We have the lowest COVID positivity rate in the United States of America,” at .40%, Cuomo said.
  • New York hit 70% vaccination rate ahead of the national goal, Cuomo said.
  • “We can now return to life as we know it,” Cuomo said.
  • “Give New Yorkers a round of applause,” the governor said.
  • New York successfully deployed the weapon — the vaccine — to beat COVID.
  • “Now we get back to living and life,” Cuomo said.
  • The state mandates that got us through the pandemic are relaxed as of today, “effective immediately,” Cuomo said.
  • The CDC federal mandates continue, but the state mandates have been lifted.
  • We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our health care heroes, Cuomo said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo details relaxed restrictions after the state hit its 70% vaccination rate benchmark.

Honoring New York’s front-line workers

  • We can’t thank them enough, the governor said of the state’s front-line workers.
  • The governor handed out plaques to representatives of essential workers from myriad industries, including health care, teachers, police, firefighters, sanitation workers, retailers, construction workers and more.
  • “We applaud you, we thank you,” Cuomo said.
  • Tonight, the state will light all the state assets in blue and gold, and we’re going to have fireworks all across the State of New York to celebrate and honor the essential workers, Cuomo said.
  • “It’s our way of saying thank you,” he said. “And to remind all New Yorkers to join the success … you get vaccinated so you don’t need the essential workers again.”
  • “Remember June 15, remember today, because it is the day New York rose again,” Cuomo said.

Mayor de Blasio gives NYC COVID-19 update

Election Day

Vaccines in NYC

  • Total doses administered: 8,789,865
  • Get vaccinated and relax on Coney Island: 
    • Giving away 10,000 Family Fun wristbands
    • Free rides on the Cyclone Roller coaster

Daily indicators

  • COVID Hospitalizations: 68 (11% positivity rate)
  • Hospitalization rate per 100,000, 7-day average (NYS): 0.43
  • New reported COVID-19 cases on 7-day average (including probable cases): 200
  • 7-day rolling average: 0.57%

NY hits milestone 70% vaccination rate

New York hit its 70% COVID vaccination rate benchmark Monday afternoon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously said “virtually all” COVID restrictions would be lifted when 70% of New York adults received at least one vaccine dose.

CDC data updated to reflect the 70% vaccination rate just hours after Cuomo said the state was at 69.9%.

Full coverage: New York hits 70% vaccination rate, CDC says; state to lift ‘virtually all’ COVID restrictions

Vaccine freebies

New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and a scratch-and-win ticket where people have the chance to win $5 million.

Latest official numbers

As of Tuesday, there were 2,092,979 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,882 fatalities, according to data from the state.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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