Positivity rate falls below 10% in NY, but remains much higher locally

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 January 2022 at 11:52 am

The Covid positivity rate fell below 10 percent on Thursday state-wide for the first time in about month, but remains much higher locally.

The percentage of positive Covid tests on Thursday was 9.75, with 28,296 of the 290,107 reported results coming back positive.

Gov. Kathy Hochul celebrated the milestone on Friday.

“For the first time since Dec. 20, New York State’s percent positivity is in the single-digits,” she said. “I want to thank New Yorkers for doing the right thing to get where we are in fighting this winter surge. However, this isn’t the time to take our foot off the gas. Let’s keep using the tools – the vaccine, the booster and masking up – to further bring the numbers down and keep our vulnerable loves ones safe from this virus.”

Locally the percentage of positive tests is much higher.

  • In Orleans, 17.5 percent of the tests were positive on Thursday (71 out of 406).
  • In Genesee, 21.6 percent were positive (150 out of 695)
  • In Niagara, 17.9 percent tested positive (305 out of 1,716)
  • In Wyoming, the percent positive was 17.8 percent (64 out of 360)
  • In Livingston, 24.8 percent were positive (124 out of 500)