By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – Expect fireworks tonight June 14, 2021 in various parts of the city, as the Big Apple marks its 70 percent goal of vaccinations, or which means half of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“We’ve come a long way in six months,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press release. “Exactly six months ago, on December 14, 2020, Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, became the first person in the nation to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, more than 20 million vaccine doses have been administered in New York State alone.”
As inoculations reached close to 70 percent, New York has lifted most remaining restrictions. The 18-day Great New York State Fair in Syracuse will reopen at full capacity, for instance.
In March 2020, New York went into a massive lockdown, a delayed reaction as Cuomo puts it, to the entry of the Italy variant of covid19. For several months, New York was the epicenter of the pandemic in the US.
“I’m so glad the Fair can reopen at full capacity, given the incredible progress we have made in bringing the number of COVID cases down. Most popular buildings at the Fairgrounds will be open, adhering to health guidelines,” said Cuomo.
The State Fair showcases New York’s best food and drink, rides and games, entertainment, and agricultural education.
In a separate interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned against the lifting of health protocols and be warned with what had happened in Spain and France, for instance. “The same health protocols must be observed,” Fauci told CNN.
As of June 14, 2021, COVID hospitalizations fell to 617 in New York. Of the 61,634 tests reported yesterday, 320, or 0.52 percent, were positive. The 7-day average percent positivity was 0.41 percent, among the lowest in the nation. There were 163 patients in ICU yesterday, down seven from the previous day. Of them, 92 are intubated. Seven New Yorkers succumbed to the virus, Cuomo’s office said.
To date, New York administered 20,099,155 total doses with 61.3 percent of adult New Yorkers completing their vaccine series.
Vaccination rollout continues with the NY state partnering with six public transportation providers in Upstate New York to incentivize more New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
Anyone who shows proof of vaccination from June 15 to July 14 at participating transportation redemption centers will receive an unlimited seven-day public transportation pass. Participating providers include the Capital District Transportation Authority, Greater Glens Falls Transit, Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit and Broome County Transit. # (with press release and photos from the office of Gov. Cuomo; Featured photo: Gov. Cuomo with Filipino labor union leader Maria Castaneda of 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers, one of the recipients of Cuomo’s token of appreciation of the NYS’ frontline workers.)