Governor Cuomo Announces British Airways and Delta Airlines Agree to Test All Passengers Before Entering New York State


Asks Virgin Atlantic to Join British Airways and Delta Airlines in Voluntarily Testing Passengers Before Boarding Flights to New York

6,331 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,095 Patients in the ICU; 613 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.75%

109 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

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 today announced that in the wake of a new, highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus found in the United Kingdom, British Airways and Delta Airlines have voluntarily agreed to require a COVID-19 test before allowing passengers to board planes traveling from the United Kingdom to New York. With this move, New York joins the list of 120 countries with a similar requirement on flights from the U.K. The Governor has asked Virgin Atlantic, the other airline that runs flights from the U.K. to New York, to do the same. The Governor is also continuing to call on the federal government to impose enhanced travel restrictions, as 120 other countries have done, to avoid the same grave mistakes of the spring where the virus entered New York from Europe with no warning.

“When you do not require flights from the U.K to be tested, you are allowing thousands of U.K. passengers to arrive here every day and based on New York’s experience in the spring, I believe this new, highly contagious strain of COVID-19 is already here,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is another disaster waiting to happen and all efforts must be placed into averting another crisis. Now, it’s on the federal government to do its job, correct the wrongs of the past and take swift action to impose enhanced travel restrictions just as 120 other countries have done.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 156,510
  • Tested Positive – 9,007
  • Percent Positive – 5.75%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 6,331 (+146)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 700
  • Hospital Counties– 55
  • Number ICU– 1,095 (+50)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 613 (+13)
  • Total Discharges– 95,779 (+472)
  • Deaths– 109
  • Total Deaths– 28,709

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
348
0.03%
25%
Central New York
407
0.05%
28%
Finger Lakes
735
0.06%
31%
Long Island
1,074
0.04%
25%
Mid-Hudson
745
0.03%
33%
Mohawk Valley
205
0.04%
31%
New York City
2,112
0.03%
28%
North Country
57
0.01%
49%
Southern Tier
174
0.03%
45%
Western New York
474
0.03%
29%
Statewide
6,331
0.03%
30%

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
223
177
27%
Central New York
275
206
31%
Finger Lakes
397
266
31%
Long Island
828
616
26%
Mid-Hudson
712
425
42%
Mohawk Valley
132
93
27%
New York City
2,356
1,722
29%
North Country
71
34
50%
Southern Tier
125
79
37%
Western New York
545
327
43%
NYS TOTAL
5,664
3,945
32%

Yesterday, 156,510 test results were reported to New York State, and 5.75 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
6.78%
6.89%
6.92%
Central New York
6.98%
6.70%
6.64%
Finger Lakes
8.45%
8.34%
8.28%
Long Island
6.19%
6.30%
6.39%
Mid-Hudson
6.27%
6.36%
6.25%
Mohawk Valley
8.24%
8.18%
8.46%
New York City
4.22%
4.24%
4.28%
North Country
4.59%
4.99%
5.10%
Southern Tier
2.46%
2.49%
2.39%
Western New York
6.64%
6.37%
6.42%
Statewide
5.36%
5.38%
5.39%

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
4.78%
4.92%
5.01%
Brooklyn
4.33%
4.36%
4.43%
Manhattan
2.77%
2.72%
2.75%
Queens
4.80%
4.82%
4.83%
Staten Island
5.30%
5.38%
5.44%

Of the 857,049 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
9,377
203
Allegany
1,576
17
Broome
7,083
79
Cattaraugus
2,055
18
Cayuga
2,118
98
Chautauqua
2,823
53
Chemung
4,106
23
Chenango
988
16
Clinton
804
9
Columbia
1,375
23
Cortland
1,745
32
Delaware
590
9
Dutchess
10,405
167
Erie
36,788
388
Essex
443
4
Franklin
591
15
Fulton
1,056
24
Genesee
2,080
39
Greene
999
12
Hamilton
85
3
Herkimer
1,495
44
Jefferson
1,344
42
Lewis
673
18
Livingston
1,432
34
Madison
1,897
32
Monroe
28,319
571
Montgomery
973
25
Nassau
77,088
766
Niagara
6,972
127
NYC
383,811
3,338
Oneida
9,571
166
Onondaga
17,860
274
Ontario
2,568
60
Orange
21,148
76
Orleans
1,081
25
Oswego
2,827
45
Otsego
1,016
11
Putnam
4,168
41
Rensselaer
3,226
58
Rockland
25,413
138
Saratoga
4,179
83
Schenectady
4,578
90
Schoharie
426
8
Schuyler
445
4
Seneca
607
21
St. Lawrence
1,613
29
Steuben
2,825
40
Suffolk
83,112
978
Sullivan
2,714
17
Tioga
1,480
9
Tompkins
1,798
17
Ulster
4,926
76
Warren
843
7
Washington
651
10
Wayne
2,018
41
Westchester
63,373
433
Wyoming
1,088
19
Yates
404
2

Yesterday, 109 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 28,709. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
3
Bronx
3
Broome
2
Cattaraugus
1
Chautauqua
1
Chemung
1
Cortland
1
Erie
12
Genesee
1
Herkimer
1
Kings
3
Lewis
1
Livingston
1
Madison
3
Manhattan
1
Monroe
7
Montgomery
1
Nassau
6
Niagara
1
Oneida
5
Onondaga
5
Ontario
3
Orange
3
Orleans
1
Oswego
2
Queens
7
Rensselaer
2
Richmond
5
Rockland
1
Saratoga
1
Seneca
1
St. Lawrence
2
Suffolk
13
Ulster
1
Wayne
1
Westchester
5
Yates
1

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