Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed a "critical factor" to "defeat COVID-19 for good."

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On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19 and announced 1.67 percent of tests came back positive in the previous 24 hours.

"New Yorkers have made great progress beating back this virus, but we have to make sure everyone who's able gets vaccinated as soon as possible to defeat COVID-19 for good - especially with new, more contagious variants of the virus out there," Cuomo said.

The state's 7-day COVID percent positive rate has increased to 1.31 percent. According to Cuomo, 74 percent of all New Yorkers 18 and older have received at least one vaccine while 67.5 percent have completed their vaccine series.

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"Getting shots in arms is the critical factor we need to fully rebuild our economy and secure New York's future. If you haven't received your shot yet, there's ample supply and vaccination sites across the state, so make an appointment or simply walk-in today."

Nearly 62 percent of all eligible New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose.

The top Republican in the Senate is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Mitch McConnell fears the nation will be in trouble again and believes this fall could be as bad as the fall of 2020 if more people don't get vaccinated.

"If there is anybody out there willing to listen: Get vaccinated,” McConnell said. "These shots need to get in everybody’s arms as rapidly as possible or we’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for — that we went through last year. This is not complicated.”

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