BUFFALO – New York State’s Governor is shedding light on when the state could fully reopen.
Governor Andrew Cuomo provided the insight during a visit to Western New York on Thursday.
He says before reopening, it is important to continue to further the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Specifically, Cuomo is changing his focus to the youngest eligible members of the population.
“While some younger New Yorkers might believe themselves to be superheroes who can withstand COVID, it’s important for them to remember that just because you might not get extremely sick, it doesn’t mean you can’t infect other, more vulnerable people,” Cuomo said. “We can defeat this virus together, but we’re not out of the woods yet and the more shots we get in arms, the closer we will be to normal life once again.”
45 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the percentages for older age groups are even higher than that.
But the vaccination rate for younger populations, like people ages 16 to 25, was pretty low in comparison.
With increased vaccinations, Cuomo says he is hopeful the state can fully reopen by July.
“You have May. You have June. What happens in May? What happens in June? I would like to get the hopeful reopening date before (July 1st),” Cuomo said. “I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do, we can be reopened earlier.”
Western New York has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in all of the state. New York’s infection rate is 1.8 percent, while locally, western New York’s rate is 3.5 percent.
The governor says the state is “working doubly hard” to get western New York’s positivity rate down.