Despite a rising number of vaccinations, the Hudson Valley continues to see the number of newly confirmed COVID-19 infections spiking throughout the region.
Since Sunday, July 11, the seven-day average positive infection rate in the Hudson Valley has risen from 0.76 percent to 0.93 percent of those tested on Thursday, July 15.
The Hudson Valley continues to have one of the highest infection rates, with only Long Island, the Capital Region (1.28 percent), and New York City (1.13 percent) contending with more new infections.
Statewide, the average infection rate has risen from under 0.90 percent to 1.09 percent during that span.
There were less than 50 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in any county in the Hudson Valley as the number of confirmed infections approaches 290,000 since the pandemic began.
New COVID-19 cases in the Hudson Valley, according to the Department of Health on Friday, July 16, by county:
- Westchester: 47 new (130,281 since the pandemic began);
- Rockland: 13 (47,203);
- Dutchess: 8 (29,593);
- Orange County: 15 (48,561);
- Ulster: 2 (13,982);
- Putnam: 3 (10,648);
- Sullivan: 1 (6,713).
No new virus-related fatalities were reported in the Hudson Valley. One virus-related death was reported in Kings County and one in Wayne County as the statewide death toll hit 43,025 since March 2020.
A breakdown of COVID-19 deaths in the Hudson Valley as of July 16:
- Westchester: 2,294;
- Rockland: 1,163
- Orange County: 723;
- Dutchess: 447;
- Ulster: 258;
- Putnam: 93;
- Sullivan: 76.
There were 79,920 COVID-19 tests administered in New York on July 15, according to the Department of Health, resulting in 981 newly confirmed infections for a 1.23 percent positive infection rate, up slightly from the previous day.
Eighty-two new COVID-19 patients were admitted to New York hospitals with the virus as the number rose to 360 being treated statewide.
A total of more than 73 percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 67 percent are fully vaccinated. Officials said that 61.4 percent of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose, with 55.7 percent completing the vaccination process.
As of July 15, 1,252,823 (1,831 new) first doses have been administered to Hudson Valley residents, while 1,138,004 (1,778) have completed the process, both among the highest rates in the state.
“Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, we have been able to begin returning to normal, however that does not mean that COVID isn't still a threat," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "To win this war once and for all, we must continue to capitalize on our most effective weapon - the vaccine.
“Those who continue to avoid it are not only putting their own well-being at risk, but they are threatening the health and safety of those around them as well. Now is not the time to gamble with anybody's health -- if you haven't already, get your vaccination today and help contain the spread of this beast."
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