While the number of new positive COVID-19 cases in New York state are back into the range of over one thousand in the daily updates, State Department of Health officials tell The Associated Press that only a tiny fraction of those new cases are so-called break-out infections in vaccinated New Yorkers.

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New infections statewide in New York reported July 20 were 1,144 and hospitalizations were also on the rise with an increase of 46 hospitalized, ten more patients in intensive care and three more with intubation.

Department spokesperson Abigail Barker said Tuesday that at least 8,700 vaccinated people have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s out of the nearly 11-million New York residents who are fully vaccinated. And it’s also a fraction of the 244,000 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in New York since April 1.

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Officials say no vaccine is perfect, meaning fully vaccinated people occasionally will get infected. Still, health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated at a time when the highly contagious delta variant is spreading and hospitalizations are rising.

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