New York City hit a milestone Tuesday for its lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since tracking began, the mayor announced.
"We are going to remember this day, June 1, 2020, because we have hit an extraordinary milestone today here in New York City," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference at City Hall. "This the level of COVID positivity today in New York City 0.83%, the lowest we've seen ever since this pandemic began.
"Since we started testing and measuring this is the lowest level that we've had and it's absolutely amazing," De Blasio continued. "This is a testament to the power of vaccination. This is a testament to the willpower of New Yorkers fighting through this crisis, doing the right thing to keep each other safe."
De Blasio also announced Tuesday the city recorded no new COVID-19 deaths the previous day. The city also reported 271 new COVID-19 cases and 72 new hospitalizations from the coronavirus pandemic.
August was the last time New York City reported no new COVID-19 deaths, The Hill reported. Though there were no new COVID-19 deaths in the city, eight deaths were reported in the state.
De Blasio noted that 8.29 million total doses of vaccine have been administered in the city.
"You know the famous phrase, 'what have you done for us lately,' well, I'll tell you what vaccinations have done for us lately, we have the lowest positivity rate we've ever had since this crisis began because people got vaccinated," De Blasio said. "It couldn't be clearer. Let's keep going."
De Blasio also announced that the city's senior centers would be reopening in two weeks, and initiative to expand low-cost and free child care to thousands of families across the city.
The mayor also announced NYC Vaccine Contest for people getting their vaccines this week, with this week's prize being 20 two-night staycations at hotels in NYC.
The eight COVID-19 deaths statewide were the lowest single-day toll since Oct. 30, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told NBC 4 New York.
CDC officials also reported Friday that it was anxiety — not a problem with the shots — that caused fainting, dizziness and other reactions reported in 64 people at vaccine clinics in five states in early April. None got seriously ill.
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