Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since November 7

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.35%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Falls Below 3.00% For First Time Since November 24

3,754 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide—Lowest Since November 29

849 Patients in the ICU—Lowest Since December 4

520 Intubated—Lowest Since December 7

35 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday—Fewest Since November 22

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 2.35 percent, the lowest since November 7.

“New York is making tremendous progress in our goal to vaccinate every New Yorker while keeping the infection and hospitalization rates down, but variants of the virus remain a concern across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “It’s going to take everyone working together, as individuals and in communities, to protect each other and defeat this virus once and for all. Until we get to that point, we must stay vigilant and continue with the behaviors we know slow the spread – washing your hands, staying socially distanced and wearing a mask.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 243,171
  • Total Positive – 5,704
  • Percent Positive – 2.35%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 2.92%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 3,754 (-80)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -329
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 478
  • Hospital Counties – 54
  • Number ICU – 849 (-17)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 520 (-15)
  • Total Discharges – 170,778 (+511)
  • Deaths – 35
  • Total Deaths – 41,485

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
111
0.01%
29%
Central New York
74
0.01%
31%
Finger Lakes
199
0.02%
37%
Long Island
593
0.02%
34%
Mid-Hudson
397
0.02%
44%
Mohawk Valley
56
0.01%
39%
New York City
1865
0.02%
32%
North Country
24
0.01%
54%
Southern Tier
89
0.01%
47%
Western New York
346
0.03%
32%
Statewide
3754
0.02%
35%

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
239
201
19%
Central New York
262
189
29%
Finger Lakes
397
246
38%
Long Island
854
631
25%
Mid-Hudson
671
385
39%
Mohawk Valley
97
79
19%
New York City
2,562
1992
23%
North Country
60
37
44%
Southern Tier
126
72
46%
Western New York
545
359
34%
Statewide
5,813
4191
28%

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

Region
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Capital Region
2.39%
2.35%
2.31%
Central New York
1.43%
1.59%
1.56%
Finger Lakes
3.09%
3.22%
3.13%
Long Island
3.46%
3.38%
3.21%
Mid-Hudson
3.62%
3.54%
3.37%
Mohawk Valley
2.00%
1.97%
1.92%
New York City
3.27%
3.21%
3.12%
North Country
1.68%
1.64%
1.59%
Southern Tier
0.81%
0.85%
0.85%
Western New York
4.93%
5.25%
4.97%
Statewide
3.04%
3.03%
2.92%

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

Borough
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Bronx
3.45%
3.65%
3.16%
Brooklyn
3.83%
4.09%
3.56%
Manhattan
2.12%
2.23%
2.05%
Queens
3.79%
3.90%
3.48%
Staten Island
4.44%
4.50%
3.85%

Of the 1,984,929 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
23,679
70
Allegany
3,185
7
Broome
17,417
57
Cattaraugus
5,169
21
Cayuga
5,871
8
Chautauqua
8,419
41
Chemung
7,162
20
Chenango
3,091
14
Clinton
4,550
22
Columbia
3,832
6
Cortland
3,546
9
Delaware
2,170
14
Dutchess
27,982
80
Erie
82,588
430
Essex
1,504
8
Franklin
2,403
7
Fulton
4,081
24
Genesee
5,065
11
Greene
3,126
8
Hamilton
301
0
Herkimer
4,930
12
Jefferson
5,465
10
Lewis
2,457
4
Livingston
4,018
21
Madison
4,302
10
Monroe
61,114
233
Montgomery
3,896
15
Nassau
177,344
343
Niagara
18,314
103
NYC
892,275
2,688
Oneida
21,454
45
Onondaga
36,061
120
Ontario
6,887
29
Orange
46,133
112
Orleans
2,776
22
Oswego
6,986
14
Otsego
3,196
15
Putnam
10,217
31
Rensselaer
10,679
37
Rockland
45,700
49
Saratoga
14,418
38
Schenectady
12,420
25
Schoharie
1,552
4
Schuyler
990
2
Seneca
1,883
5
St. Lawrence
6,217
23
Steuben
6,296
24
Suffolk
193,546
395
Sullivan
6,153
27
Tioga
3,412
17
Tompkins
4,058
8
Ulster
13,039
67
Warren
3,386
12
Washington
2,857
10
Wayne
5,260
14
Westchester
125,726
239
Wyoming
3,261
22
Yates
1,110
2

Yesterday, 35 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 41,485. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Bronx
3
Chautauqua
1
Erie
3
Jefferson
1
Kings
10
Madison
1
Manhattan
2
Orange
1
Queens
6
Suffolk
3
Westchester
3