By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
ALBANY — The number of COVID-19 cases statewide dropped this weekend to its lowest since Nov. 8, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday.
There were 3,795 positive test results for the virus in New York on Sunday.
The decline in cases has been dramatic following a major spike that hit the state and nation with the emergence of the Omicron variant late last year.
New cases dropped by more than 40% over the past week statewide, Hochul said, and hospitalizations are down 30% over the same time period.
“The decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are cause for celebration and hope, but not complacency,” Hochul said Monday. “There is still plenty of progress that can be made to ensure we stop the spread and keep our businesses and schools open. We know the tools that work — please get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, and get boosted once you’re eligible.”
The number of COVID-related deaths reported Sunday was down to 90 in the state.
There were 59 new cases in Albany County and five in Greene, according to the governor’s office.
The Omicron variant remains the dominant variant in New York, representing more than 95% of cases.
The governor is expected to make a decision this week on whether to extend the face mask mandate. The current mandate is effective through Thursday, and the governor is expected to make an announcement Wednesday.
There have been an additional two residents in Greene County who have died from the virus since Friday, for a total of 112 countywide since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, according to the Greene County Public Health Department. There were 111 active cases of the virus as of Monday, including nine in area correctional facilities, with 16 county residents hospitalized with the virus.
In Albany County, two more deaths were reported from the virus Monday, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said. He urged continued caution.
“These individuals are reminders that the virus is still a threat, and we need to take precautions to protect against the worst illnesses,” McCoy said.