A small proportion of vaccinated New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19 as infections and hospitalizations grow, the State Department of Health told the Associated Press Tuesday.
At least 8,700 vaccines have tested positive for COVID-19, according to department spokeswoman Abigail Barker.
It is out of the nearly 11 million New York City residents who are vaccinated in all. And it’s also a fraction of the 244,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York since April 1st.
State health officials did not immediately provide Tuesday the date of New York’s first major case, or an estimate of how many of those people were hospitalized or killed.
“We continue to investigate the number of fully vaccinated people who could have been hospitalized or died,” Barker said.
No vaccine is perfect, meaning that people who are completely vaccinated from time to time will be infected. And so-called “discovery cases” are generally mild, according to health experts.
However, health officials are urging the public to be vaccinated at a time when the highly contagious delta variant is spreading and hospitalizations and infections are on the rise.
More than 1,000 people a day are now testing positive in New York, based on the last seven-day average, according to analysis of state data by AP.
It is from a pandemic minimum of 306 per day on June 25th.
New York saw a spike in new infections in July – a stark contrast to the steady decline from April to June
Accounts across the state are showing up, with most of the new infections in densely populated New York and its surrounding suburbs on Long Island and on the northern outskirts of the city.
And hospitalizations show signs of growth, having plateaued to about 350 residents for most of July.
Hospitals reported 424 COVID-19 patients as of Monday, up 22% from 349 to July 12. New York City alone had 228 patients, up 38% from 165 a week earlier. Counties including Nassau and Erie also see upticks in hospitals.
However, hospitalization and infection rates are much lower this winter: in January alone, more than 9,000 patients were rejected at one time while nearly 14,000 people took positive tests every day.
About 56% of New York City’s 20 million residents are completely vaccinated.
It is a small increase of 54.5% as of July 4, despite the efforts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration to raise rates in the less vaccinated parts of the state.
Vaccination rates are the lowest in rural areas in western and central New York, as well as in parts of New York City including the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The state plans to close vaccination sites in Broome County in central New York, in Queensbury in upstate New York, in Suffolk County on Long Island and in Orange County north of New York. York City will leave on July 26, according to a press release from Cuomo’s office Tuesday.
“Downscaling state sites is necessary to redirect these resources, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get your vaccine if you don’t already have it,” Cuomo said.