NYC COVID cases keep declining through Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day weekend brought dreary downpours but mostly uplifting COVID numbers to New York City.

There were 298 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, according to Mayor de Blasio’s office, extending a downward trend since numbers peaked in the 6,000- to 7,000-range in January.

The striking decline in new cases comes as the country has been engaged in a historic vaccination effort.

“We are driving COVID-19 out of our city and launching a recovery for all of us. Get vaccinated and let’s move forward together,” the mayor said in a tweet.

Ten New Yorkers died on Thursday, the latest day for which data were available, bringing the city’s death toll to more than 33,000. That’s according to the city Health Department, though it noted recent data are incomplete.

Trends in the city, once a hot spot of the pandemic, echoed throughout the state.

On Saturday, 785 people tested positive for COVID statewide, down from a peak of nearly 20,000 in early January.

“New York State is beating back COVID and making progress on the numbers, and the key is providing shots in arms for all New Yorkers,” said Gov. Cuomo.

Out of the city’s population of about 8.3 million, 4.2 million people have gotten at least one COVID vaccine shot, according to the city Health Department. More than 3.5 million people are fully vaccinated.

President Biden has called for 70% of the adult population in the U.S. to have at least one shot by July 4.

While the vaccination rollout has slowed throughout the country, numbers inched toward Biden’s goal over the weekend, The New York Times reported.

More than 166 million people have gotten at least one shot, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In recent weeks, newly eligible 12- to 15-year-olds accounted for the biggest increases in vaccination numbers, the Times said.

Across the country, local officials have been offering rewards from lottery tickets to free eats to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.