The Associated Press and government reports show the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in New York continues to swell statewide as hospitalizations grow at a slower pace.

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According to the latest data released by the state Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1, an average of 2,036 people have tested positive each day over the past seven days. The State reported August 1 that 2,516 new cases were recorded in testing on July 31.

The numbers last week mark the first time that daily new infections in New York State have gone over 2,000 since May 13.

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The rise in cases is happening at a faster and steadier pace now that it did last fall, before anyone was vaccinated.

The increase is believed to be widely driven by the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The statewide positivity rate is put at 2.68%. The rate July 21 was at 1.75% after the rate had been under one percent for the final months of the spring.

About 57 percent of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, with vaccination rates lowest in rural counties as well as in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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