184,000 vaccinated against COVID in 24 hours in NY



ALBANY — The state set another COVID vaccination record Friday morning: 183,984 shots in 24 hours.

The rush comes amid an increasing supply of the potentially life-saving medicine, and brings the total number of shots administered in New York to 5.14 million.

Of those, 3.37 million people have received at least one dose and 1.77 million have completed a full vaccination series.

The two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been administered in New York since late December. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine became available here just this week.

Roughly 10 million of New York’s 19.45 million residents currently are eligible to be vaccinated.

“We’re working tirelessly to vaccinate New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible, with special attention to historically underserved communities that have suffered the most during this pandemic,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release Friday.

“Our vast network of distribution sites, including 24/7 operations in certain communities, are getting more and more shots in arms every day. With a true partner in the White House, I’m confident that we’ll continue to see increases to our weekly allocations and we stand ready to ramp up our distribution efforts as soon as we get more doses.”

In other COVID news Friday:

  • A Troy man pleaded guilty in federal court in Albany to hoarding and price gouging, in violation of the Defense Production Act of 1950. Imran Selcuk, 35, admitted that in March 2020 he bought 100,000 KN95 facemasks for $1 each and 25,000 surgical masks for 50 cents each overseas and offered them for sale at his Troy pizza restaurant and on a website at markups of up to 500%. He faces up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine on the misdemeanor.
  • Price Chopper/Market 32 announced it has greatly expanded in-store vaccination opportunities. Nearly half of all New York stores with pharmacies now offer COVID vaccine. Newly added are: Amsterdam, Cobleskill, Chatham, Colonie, Glenmont, Glenville, East Greenbush and Palatine Bridge. Eligibility is limited to those age 65 or older, and appointments may be limited by supply; scheduling is online at www.pricechopper.com/covidvaccine.
  • The official state COVID death toll grew by 94 to reach 38,911, including one resident each of Albany and Saratoga counties.
  • The seven-day average positive test rate was 3.2% statewide, 1.9% in the Capital Region and 1.7% in the Mohawk Valley. At the county level, the rate was Albany 2.0%, Fulton 4.4%, Montgomery 3.3%, Rensselaer 1.4%, Saratoga 2.3%, Schenectady 2.0% and Schoharie 2.6%.
  • Statewide, 5,034 COVID-positive patients were hospitalized, including 117 in the Capital Region and 75 in the Mohawk Valley.

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