New York's COVID-19 positivity numbers continue to rise as the state battles the coronavirus and the surge of the highly transmissible delta variant.

There were 4,385 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday in the state, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. That's compared to just 3,050 new cases reported last Saturday.

The state's daily positivity rate is at 3.01%. The seven-day average has gone from 1.6% two weekends ago to 2.4% last Saturday to 2.86% this Saturday.

"The progress New Yorkers have made has been remarkable - and our comeback is proof of what it means to be 'New York Tough'," Cuomo said in a statement. "Our fight is not over yet, and the Delta variant remains a threat to all that we have accomplished together. The vaccine is the most effective weapon we have against COVID, so if you still need to get your shot, I urge you to do so quickly at one of our many sites across the state." 

Eleven New Yorkers died from the virus on Friday. More than 1,100 patients remain hospitalized, with 232 patients in the ICU and 83 patients in the ICU with intubation.

On the vaccine front, 49,799 vaccines were administered over the past 24 hours, and 293,689 shots were given out in the past seven days.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data cited by the governor, 76.3% of all New Yorkers age 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose and 69.1% have completed their vaccine series. Nearly 64% of New Yorkers of all ages have received at least one dose and 57.6% have completed their vaccine series.


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