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Moses Kuwema

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his update on New York State's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic announced Saturday that the number of patient hospitalizations was down by 66.

On Friday, the statewide patient hospitalization stood at 6,950 and was up by 22 from Thursday, while Saturday's figure was 6,884.

"We will ultimately be victorious in the battle with COVID-19, but New Yorkers have a long journey ahead. 

"The holiday season is a time to celebrate and reflect, but it brings the potential for increased spread if we let our guard down. It's vital that New Yorkers celebrate smart, wash their hands, wear masks and socially distance this holiday season," Governor Cuomo said.

"New York State is testing more people and making sure hospitals have enough capacity. We're vaccinating New Yorkers as fast as possible, but getting to the levels of immunity we need is a long-term effort. New Yorkers brought the state's infection rate from the nation's highest to one of the lowest, and they should be commended for that. Now we need to keep up the good work," he added. 

Saturday's summarized data indicates that 201,442 tests were reported of which 10,806 tested positive for COVID-19 representing a 5.36 percent positivity. Newly admitted patients were 855 in total while hospital counties has 55 patients. 

The number of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit was 1,129 less by 19 from Friday's figure of 1,148. 

The number of ICU patients with intubation was up by 17 from Friday's figure and stood at 638. The total number of patients discharged was also up by 806.

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