A tiny fraction of vaccinated New Yorkers have examined constructive for COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations rise, the state Division of Well being instructed The Related Press Tuesday.
At the very least 8,700 vaccinated individuals have examined constructive for COVID-19, in response to division spokesperson Abigail Barker.
That is out of the practically 11 million New York residents who’re totally vaccinated. And it is also a fraction of the 244,000 individuals who have examined constructive for COVID-19 in New York since April 1.
State well being officers did not instantly present Tuesday the date of New York’s first breakthrough case, or an estimate of what number of of these individuals had been hospitalized or died.
“We’re persevering with to analyze the variety of totally vaccinated individuals who might have been hospitalized or handed away,” Barker mentioned.
No vaccine is ideal, that means totally vaccinated individuals often will get contaminated. And so-called “breakthrough instances” normally are delicate, in response to well being specialists.
Nonetheless, well being officers are urging the general public to get vaccinated at a time when the extremely contagious delta variant is spreading and hospitalizations and infections are on the rise.
Greater than 1,000 individuals a day are actually testing constructive in New York, primarily based on the most recent seven-day common, in response to AP’s evaluation of state information.
That is up from a pandemic low of 306 per day on June 25.
New York has seen a spike of recent infections in July — a stark distinction to the regular drop from April by June.
Counties statewide are seeing surges, with most new infections in densely populated New York and its surrounding suburbs on Lengthy Island and in suburbs north of the town.
And hospitalizations are displaying indicators of an uptick, after plateauing at round 350 residents for a lot of July.
Hospitals reported 424 COVID-19 sufferers as of Monday, up 22% from 349 as of July 12. New York Metropolis alone is as much as 228 sufferers, up 38% from 165 every week earlier. Counties together with Nassau and Erie are additionally seeing upticks in hospitalizations.
Nonetheless, hospitalization and an infection charges are far under this winter: In January alone, over 9,000 sufferers had been hospitalized without delay at one level whereas practically 14,000 individuals had been testing constructive every day.
About 56% of New York’s 20 million residents are totally vaccinated.
That is a small improve from 54.5% as of July 4, regardless of efforts by the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administrations to extend charges within the least vaccinated elements of the state.
Vaccination charges are lowest in rural counties in western and central New York, in addition to elements of New York Metropolis together with the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The state plans to shut down vaccination websites in Broome County in central New York, Queensbury in northern New York, Suffolk County on Lengthy Island and Orange County north of New York Metropolis beginning July 26, in response to a press launch from Cuomo’s workplace Tuesday.
“Downscaling state websites is important to redirect these sources, however it doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t get your vaccine if you have not already,” Cuomo mentioned.