Governor Cuomo Announces 140,000 New Yorkers Have Received First Vaccine Dose


New York State Expects to Receive 259,000 Additional Doses this Week — 139,400 from Pfizer and 119,600 from Moderna  

Priority Populations Expanding This Week to Include Urgent Care Center Employees, COVID-19 Vaccine Administrators and Residents of Office of Addiction Services and Supports Facilities

Vaccines Will Continue for High-Risk Hospital Workers, Federally Qualified Heath Center Employees, EMS, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Workers, and Residents and Staff of Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Office of Mental Health Facilities

7,559 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,222 Patients in the ICU; 717 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 8.33%

114 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Sunday

Video of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

Audio of today’s remarks is available here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday December 28th announced that 140,000 New Yorkers have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to date. New York expects to receive another 259,000 doses this week, with 139,400 coming from Pfizer and 119,600 coming from Moderna. The Governor also announced that the state is expanding the priority populations eligible to receive a vaccine to include urgent care center employees, individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff, and residents of the Office of Addiction Services and Supports’ congregate facilities. Vaccines will continue to be distributed for high-risk hospital workers, federally qualified health center employees, EMS, coroners, medical examiners, funeral workers and residents and staff of Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Office of Mental Health facilities. Next week, the state expects to expand this universe further with the addition of ambulatory care workers and public-facing public health workers.

COVID-19 Vaccine

“There is no denying the facts and the fact is that social gatherings spread the virus if we are not smart. In a year where we’ve collectively felt out of control, we actually have the power to determine our own future because our actions will ultimately determine the spread,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve have begun seeing increases in positivity across the nation throughout the past several days and New York has not been immune to that trend. While our experts work to determine whether this uptick is a statistical anomaly due to reduced testing over the holiday weekend, or if this is a result of pre-Christmas spread which is being evidenced now, we all know what we have to do in the meantime – wear a mask, socially distance and avoid gatherings. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and New York is leading the nation in distributing the vaccine to get us there, but as we approach the end of the holiday season, the rest of us must stay tough. Remember – if we act smart, than we can avoid shutdowns and win this war.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 124,866
  • Total Positive – 10,407
  • Percent Positive – 8.33%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 7,559 (+376)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 904
  • Hospital Counties– 55
  • Number ICU– 1,222 (+35)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 717 (+30)
  • Total Discharges– 100,008 (+425)
  • Deaths– 114
  • Total Deaths– 29,629

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 in Region (7-Day Avg)
Capital Region
394
0.04%
26%
Central New York
410
0.05%
24%
Finger Lakes
945
0.08%
34%
Long Island
1,334
0.05%
26%
Mid-Hudson
852
0.04%
36%
Mohawk Valley
247
0.05%
28%
New York City
2,631
0.03%
31%
North Country
69
0.02%
44%
Southern Tier
183
0.03%
46%
Western New York
494
0.04%
35%
Statewide
7,559
0.04%
31%

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
210
167
19%
Central New York
367
190
26%
Finger Lakes
397
278
30%
Long Island
822
614
24%
Mid-Hudson
678
413
42%
Mohawk Valley
130
101
26%
New York City
2,447
1,713
28%
North Country
57
40
48%
Southern Tier
125
72
39%
Western New York
545
329
42%
NYS TOTAL
5,678
3,917
31%

Yesterday, 124,866 test results were reported to New York State, and 8.33 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Capital Region
7.76%
7.95%
8.48%
Central New York
6.11%
6.29%
6.69%
Finger Lakes
8.12%
8.12%
8.55%
Long Island
6.54%
6.56%
6.70%
Mid-Hudson
6.10%
6.03%
6.29%
Mohawk Valley
8.69%
8.84%
9.26%
New York City
4.48%
4.64%
4.82%
North Country
6.34%
6.51%
6.88%
Southern Tier
2.94%
3.06%
3.37%
Western New York
6.16%
6.15%
6.43%
Statewide
5.55%
5.66%
5.90%

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

Borough
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Bronx
5.39%
5.44%
5.71%
Brooklyn
4.66%
4.83%
5.00%
Manhattan
2.64%
2.81%
2.83%
Queens
5.37%
5.52%
5.68%
Staten Island
5.67%
5.76%
6.03%

Of the 932,552 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
10,880
251
Allegany
1,748
17
Broome
7,745
82
Cattaraugus
2,337
48
Cayuga
2,575
104
Chautauqua
3,261
86
Chemung
4,342
43
Chenango
1,129
21
Clinton
980
29
Columbia
1,537
25
Cortland
1,965
24
Delaware
655
6
Dutchess
11,596
169
Erie
38,874
388
Essex
529
6
Franklin
713
14
Fulton
1,233
19
Genesee
2,495
40
Greene
1,188
34
Hamilton
99
1
Herkimer
1,906
62
Jefferson
1,623
50
Lewis
832
14
Livingston
1,750
36
Madison
2,150
44
Monroe
31,999
540
Montgomery
1,240
27
Nassau
84,044
999
Niagara
7,937
139
NYC
410,787
3,523
Oneida
11,188
325
Onondaga
19,985
418
Ontario
3,007
74
Orange
22,506
164
Orleans
1,253
12
Oswego
3,196
57
Otsego
1,131
6
Putnam
4,577
61
Rensselaer
3,925
101
Rockland
26,707
137
Saratoga
5,130
137
Schenectady
5,454
94
Schoharie
516
9
Schuyler
497
6
Seneca
726
21
St. Lawrence
1,912
35
Steuben
3,203
44
Suffolk
91,179
1,037
Sullivan
2,980
48
Tioga
1,616
15
Tompkins
1,981
20
Ulster
5,436
56
Warren
1,076
27
Washington
767
18
Wayne
2,352
64
Westchester
67,388
551
Wyoming
1,253
17
Yates
462
12

Yesterday, 114 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 29,629. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Allegany
1
Bronx
8
Broome
1
Cattaraugus
1
Cayuga
1
Chautauqua
2
Chenango
1
Cortland
1
Delaware
1
Dutchess
2
Erie
7
Genesee
1
Herkimer
1
Kings
11
Livingston
1
Madison
1
Manhattan
7
Monroe
10
Montgomery
1
Nassau
3
Niagara
2
Oneida
3
Onondaga
6
Ontario
2
Oswego
1
Otsego
1
Queens
7
Richmond
1
Saratoga
1
Schoharie
1
Seneca
2
Steuben
1
Suffolk
11
Ulster
1
Washington
1
Westchester
9
Wyoming
1