As vaccines continue to be administered at a high rate, the number of new COVD cases has hit its lowest level since November.

When vaccines first started being giving to New Yorkers in December, these must be the results health officials were hoping for. Governor Cuomo announced today that the 7 day rolling average of new COVID cases in the state is the lowest it has been since November 12th at 2.8 percent. Capital Region numbers were even more promising falling to a 2.17 percent positive rate. Patients in ICU beds and hospital patients needing intubation are also at their lowest levels since December. At the same time, the Governor did caution against a false sense of security while asking New Yorkers to continue safe practices like social distancing and mask-wearing.

While no official or scientific data has been released yet stating if the reduced COVID rate is correlated to vaccines getting into arms, the Governor did update those numbers and currently, 42.1 percent of New Yorkers have gotten at least one COVID shot, and 28.8 percent are completely vaccinated.

When the data gets distilled down, let's hope the reduced rates are a reflection of the vaccine effort and the momentum we feel right now of New York reopening is real and continues. This has been the longest and craziest year ever, and for the first time in a long time, things do feel like they are getting closer to our pre-pandemic lives.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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