As New York State Adopts CDC Mask and Social Distancing Guidance, Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Statewide Positivity Rate Since October 10


Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 1.00%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.06%Lowest Since September 27; 44 Straight Days of Decline

Hospitalizations Drop to 1,521—Lowest Since November 8

ICU Patients Drop to 362—Lowest Since November 12

Intubations Drop to 209—Lowest Since November 19

21 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the statewide positivity rate dropped to 1.00 percent, the lowest since October 10. New York State is adopting the CDC’s updated guidance on masks and social distancing today.

“New York is making tremendous strides in beating back COVID – our positivity rates are the lowest we’ve seen in months and more than 10 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine,” Governor Cuomo said. “This progress has been a function of the hard work and dedication shown by New Yorkers throughout this entire pandemic, and it’s because of that progress that we are able to ease restrictions on businesses and lift mask and social distancing requirements for vaccinated individuals in most public places. This is a huge milestone in our reopening and our efforts to build New York back better and stronger, but we must remain vigilant and work even harder to get every single eligible New Yorker vaccinated if we want to defeat COVID once and for all.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 142,770
  • Total Positive – 1,431
  • Percent Positive – 1.00%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 1.06%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,521 (-64)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -407
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 205
  • Number ICU – 362 (-25)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 209 (-14)
  • Total Discharges – 180,300 (217)
  • Deaths – 21
  • Total Deaths – 42,524

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region’s population, is as follows:

Region
COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region
COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population
Percent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan
Capital Region
65
0.01%
29%
Central New York
40
0.01%
33%
Finger Lakes
197
0.02%
40%
Long Island
216
0.01%
39%
Mid-Hudson
119
0.01%
48%
Mohawk Valley
27
0.01%
41%
New York City
626
0.01%
36%
North Country
15
0.00%
58%
Southern Tier
58
0.01%
52%
Western New York
158
0.01%
36%
Statewide
1521
0.01%
38%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

Region
Total ICU Beds in Region
Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region
Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)
Capital Region
238
208
13%
Central New York
233
186
20%
Finger Lakes
397
242
39%
Long Island
856
602
30%
Mid-Hudson
645
374
42%
Mohawk Valley
97
72
26%
New York City
2,482
1842
26%
North Country
61
39
36%
Southern Tier
115
65
43%
Western New York
543
337
38%
Statewide
5,667
3967
30%

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Capital Region
1.34%
1.26%
1.16%
Central New York
1.37%
1.38%
1.43%
Finger Lakes
2.72%
2.58%
2.55%
Long Island
0.98%
0.94%
0.91%
Mid-Hudson
0.99%
0.93%
0.93%
Mohawk Valley
1.15%
1.07%
1.00%
New York City
0.91%
0.88%
0.86%
North Country
2.00%
1.92%
1.98%
Southern Tier
0.59%
0.62%
0.64%
Western New York
1.86%
1.74%
1.71%
Statewide
1.11%
1.07%
1.06%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Bronx
0.92%
0.92%
0.86%
Brooklyn
0.99%
0.96%
0.98%
Manhattan
0.58%
0.56%
0.52%
Queens
1.03%
0.98%
0.94%
Staten Island
1.22%
1.13%
1.20%

Of the 2,072,874 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
24,480
14
Allegany
3,464
6
Broome
18,406
18
Cattaraugus
5,643
18
Cayuga
6,246
11
Chautauqua
8,834
12
Chemung
7,587
9
Chenango
3,432
12
Clinton
4,815
4
Columbia
4,026
6
Cortland
3,795
10
Delaware
2,332
8
Dutchess
29,249
18
Erie
88,638
78
Essex
1,581
1
Franklin
2,518
0
Fulton
4,353
3
Genesee
5,378
10
Greene
3,377
7
Hamilton
312
2
Herkimer
5,121
4
Jefferson
5,984
20
Lewis
2,736
17
Livingston
4,419
17
Madison
4,494
9
Monroe
67,230
127
Montgomery
4,217
5
Nassau
182,565
74
Niagara
19,766
30
NYC
929,303
472
Oneida
22,315
23
Onondaga
38,230
72
Ontario
7,330
7
Orange
47,941
21
Orleans
3,071
8
Oswego
7,480
13
Otsego
3,407
3
Putnam
10,548
4
Rensselaer
11,139
6
Rockland
46,715
11
Saratoga
15,165
18
Schenectady
13,029
11
Schoharie
1,670
1
Schuyler
1,035
2
Seneca
1,988
4
St. Lawrence
6,539
12
Steuben
6,814
10
Suffolk
199,739
79
Sullivan
6,564
4
Tioga
3,726
6
Tompkins
4,274
18
Ulster
13,801
6
Warren
3,599
5
Washington
3,101
6
Wayne
5,685
5
Westchester
128,967
46
Wyoming
3,529
5
Yates
1,172
3

Yesterday, 21 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 42,524. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
2
Erie
1
Greene
1
Kings
3
Livingston
1
Monroe
4
Onondaga
1
Orange
1
Queens
4
Rensselaer
1
Suffolk
2