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Positivity rate decreases; region lags in vaccinations

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Statewide positivity rate reached its lowest point since early November at 1.60%.

“The numbers are all trending in the right direction, and as a result we’re able to open the valves on our reopening even more and increase capacity for different industries,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Saturday.

Western New York’s 3.44% positivity rate remained the highest in the state.

Vaccinations continue to tick up in the region as well. In Chautauqua County, 40.6 residents have had their first dose with the number nearing 52,000 residents. Both Cattaraugus and Allegany counties are lagging compared to other areas. Allegany has the lowest number of first doses received at 31.1% and Cattaraugus County has administered more than 34%.

With the vaccine readily available, these trends point to hesitation in receiving in Southern Tier counties.

All state mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first come first serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccinefinder.org to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

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