The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped to the lowest level since the pandemic began last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
There were 371 hospital patients with the bug Friday, Cuomo said. The previous low had come on Sept. 5, 2020, with 410 patients.
Ninety-two patients were in intensive care units Friday and 45 of them were intubated.
The statewide COVID-19 positivity rate, when measured on a seven-day average, stood at 0.36 percent Friday. Of the 97,020 test results that came back Friday, 385 or 0.40 percent were positive, the governor said.
Five people died of the virus including a Brooklyn resident and a Queens resident.
Cuomo said 71.6 percent of state residents 18 and older have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 64.1 percent have complete the regimen.