Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest 7-Day Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since December 1


7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 4.38%

7,875 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,412 Patients in the ICU; 971 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.12%

138 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 4.38 percent, its lowest since December 1.

“Our post-holiday surge reduction is continuing, and that is the direct result of the toughness of New Yorkers who have sacrificed and done what is needed to beat back this invisible enemy. Our infection rate is the lowest it has been since December 1, so we’re back to where we started on the holiday surge,” Governor Cuomo said. “Now more than ever, it’s critically important we stay united and keep the momentum on our side – especially as new variants of the virus threaten to upend the progress we have made. Simultaneously, we also must continue to get New Yorkers vaccinated as quickly and fairly as possible. We’ve made great progress on that front, but one factor continues to hold us back – the supply. Thankfully, the new federal government has begun righting the wrongs of the past administration and the future is looking bright. If we all just stay disciplined and keep doing what we need to do, we will win this war.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 153,648
  • Total Positive – 7,866
  • Percent Positive – 5.12%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 4.38%
  • Patient Hospitalization: 7,875 (+159)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -192
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 700
  • Hospital Counties – 57
  • Number ICU – 1,412 (-42)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 971 (+10)
  • Total Discharges – 133,869 (+399)
  • Deaths – 138
  • Total Deaths – 36,481

It is important to note that data, including test results and hospital rates, reported early in the week are often not completely reflective of the current situation due to lower discharges and testing volume over the weekend. Data trends over a period of time, such as using 7-day averages, are a preferred metric. For example, while New York’s daily positivity rate reported for Monday, Feb. 8 is 5.12%, an increase from 4.28% the day prior, this rate is lower than the daily rate reported last Monday, Feb. 1 (5.47%) resulting in a decreasing 7-day average on the same day the daily rate increases from the prior day.

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
334
0.03%
27%
Central New York
176
0.02%
31%
Finger Lakes
398
0.03%
38%
Long Island
1,370
0.05%
30%
Mid-Hudson
875
0.04%
42%
Mohawk Valley
183
0.04%
31%
New York City
3,884
0.05%
30%
North Country
88
0.02%
52%
Southern Tier
214
0.03%
44%
Western New York
353
0.03%
35%
Statewide
7,875
0.04%
33%

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
242
193 
16%
Central New York
262
185 
28%
Finger Lakes
397
259 
31%
Long Island
869
685 
21%
Mid-Hudson
688
427 
39%
Mohawk Valley
127
98 
25%
New York City
2,589
2,029 
20%
North Country
58
33 
42%
Southern Tier
126
79 
38%
Western New York
544
332 
38%
Statewide
5,902
4,320 
26%

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

Region
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Capital Region
3.51%
3.41%
3.40%
Central New York
2.23%
2.04%
1.87%
Finger Lakes
3.01%
2.99%
2.91%
Long Island
5.51%
5.47%
5.36%
Mid-Hudson
5.33%
5.30%
5.34%
Mohawk Valley
3.07%
2.96%
3.15%
New York City
5.13%
5.10%
5.13%
North Country
5.02%
4.95%
4.79%
Southern Tier
1.45%
1.33%
1.22%
Western New York
4.28%
4.26%
4.16%
Statewide
4.50%
4.42%
4.38%

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

Borough
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Bronx
7.26%
7.03%
6.80%
Brooklyn
5.72%
5.42%
5.37%
Manhattan
3.80%
3.48%
3.20%
Queens
5.68%
5.61%
5.34%
Staten Island
5.42%
5.22%
4.99%

Of the 1,487,086 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
19,587
80
Allegany
2,698
8
Broome
13,393
44
Cattaraugus
4,012
8
Cayuga
5,052
7
Chautauqua
6,860
14
Chemung
6,206
12
Chenango
2,256
7
Clinton
2,999
29
Columbia
3,156
21
Cortland
2,945
10
Delaware
1,290
5
Dutchess
20,255
133
Erie
59,998
131
Essex
1,189
6
Franklin
1,720
14
Fulton
2,859
50
Genesee
4,134
7
Greene
2,469
5
Hamilton
254
3
Herkimer
4,378
13
Jefferson
4,276
20
Lewis
1,866
6
Livingston
3,218
15
Madison
3,621
8
Monroe
49,671
75
Montgomery
2,882
30
Nassau
135,711
820
Niagara
14,391
27
NYC
636,699
4,352
Oneida
18,910
37
Onondaga
30,931
59
Ontario
5,397
14
Orange
33,734
135
Orleans
2,324
6
Oswego
5,665
15
Otsego
2,103
5
Putnam
7,656
31
Rensselaer
8,369
28
Rockland
35,927
158
Saratoga
11,109
42
Schenectady
10,232
29
Schoharie
1,079
5
Schuyler
830
0
Seneca
1,449
4
St. Lawrence
4,738
26
Steuben
5,270
11
Suffolk
150,426
712
Sullivan
4,401
12
Tioga
2,607
8
Tompkins
3,232
6
Ulster
9,216
46
Warren
2,620
14
Washington
2,079
24
Wayne
4,232
9
Westchester
98,904
459
Wyoming
2,610
11
Yates
991
0

Yesterday, 138 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 36,481. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Bronx
18
Cattaraugus
1
Cayuga
1
Chautauqua
2
Chemung
1
Erie
10
Fulton
1
Genesee
1
Jefferson
3
Kings
12
Livingston
2
Manhattan
9
Monroe
3
Nassau
11
Niagara
2
Oneida
3
Onondaga
5
Orange
3
Otsego
1
Putnam
1
Queens
16
Richmond
3
Saratoga
3
Schenectady
2
Suffolk
16
Westchester
7