The city’s coronavirus infection rate dipped below the 5% threshold for the first time since late November.
The seven-day rate now stands at 4.91%. The hospitalization rate is continuing to decrease as well.
“Let's keep working. Let's just run COVID out of this town once and for all,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press briefing Monday. “I hope everyone there can see the fruits of your labors because things are really starting to change.”
The mayor also announced the city will open a vaccination site at the American Museum of Natural History, right below one of the museum’s most well-known attractions.
The site will be open to all residents, but the mayor said it will prioritize public housing residents, cultural workers, members of the municipal employees union District 37 and museum staff.
“Literally, you can get vaccinated directly below the blue whale,” said de Blasio. “We want to reach all these folks who we depend on to bring back our cultural community. And this is an exciting new effort.”
The museum’s president joined the mayor, saying that the museum is thrilled to be a part of the city’s vaccination efforts.
“This institution is dedicated to fostering scientific knowledge, and understanding and providing access to the public. So I can’t even imagine a more important manifestation of our mission in action,” said Ellen Futter, the president of the American Museum of Natural History.
To mark the occasion, the giant whale will be sporting a Band-Aid on its fin.
The site will open to New Yorkers this Friday.