The city's coronavirus infection rate continues to climb, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The latest data shows the seven-day average stands at 7.93%, up from 7.45% a day earlier.
Here are the latest #COVID19 indicators for #NYC:— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 30, 2020
• 242 new hospitalizations
• 3,269 new cases
• 7.93% positivity rate (7-day avg.)
Keep doing what works: practice social distancing, stay home if you feel sick, wear a mask, and get tested: https://t.co/hnU8YAS15r
There were 242 new hospitalizations, also up from Tuesday.
"Keep doing what works: practice social distancing, stay home if you feel sick, wear a mask, and get tested," de Blasio tweeted.
Statewide, the coronavirus infection rate continues to hover above 8%, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the 7-day average now stands at 8.66%. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are also up, as are hospital discharges.
Cuomo said the number of tests being conducted remains down, leading him to caution that the higher infection rate needs further analysis.
"There has been an apparent increase, post-holiday gatherings, let's call it," said Cuomo. "We have to watch this."
The governor said a new, more contagious strain, first identified in the United Kingdom, has not been found in New York.
About 203,000 New Yorkers have received the first dose of the vaccine. Cuomo cautioned, though, that it will take much of 2021 to administer it to enough people to achieve herd immunity.
"The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war," Cuomo said. "It won't win the war overnight."