The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in New York dropped below 5,000 for the first time in nearly three months.
The hospitalizations stood at 4,954 Friday, the lowest since Dec. 8, Gov. Cuomo said Saturday.
The statewide coronavirus positivity rate was at 2.80 percent Friday, the lowest since Nov. 21. The rate when measured on a seven-day average was 3.15 percent Friday, and 3.94 percent in New York City.
The state recorded 78 COVID-19 deaths Friday including 43 among residents of the five boroughs.