Saturday August 16th Update: Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Number of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Since March 17 and New Record-High Number of Reported Tests

Hospitalizations Hit New Low—523—Since March 17

88,668 Tests Results Reported Yesterday; 0.83 Percent Were Positive

5 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Friday

SLA and State Police Task Force Observes Violations of State Requirements at 22 Establishments

Confirms 734 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 424,901; New Cases in 41 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced hospitalizations have dropped to 523, a new low since March 17. The Governor also announced a new record high number of COVID-19 tests reported to New York State – 88,668. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“In New York, we knew from the beginning that testing would be a key factor in controlling this new virus. We ramped up testing immediately and took a nation-leading role in developing capacity to test as many New Yorkers as possible, and I’m proud that we continue to raise the bar and we’ve broken our record high once again,” Governor Cuomo said. “Yesterday’s numbers – especially the new low in hospitalizations – continue to reflect the progress we’ve made during this pandemic, but we will keep monitoring the data and the alarming increases in cases around the country. My message is the same: stay New York Smart, wash your hands, socially distance, and wear masks!”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,344 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 22 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 5
  • Brooklyn – 12
  • Manhattan – 3
  • Queens – 1
  • Nassau – 1

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 523 (-31)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 76
  • Hospital Counties – 28
  • Number ICU – 120 (-7)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 58 (-1)
  • Total Discharges – 74,081 (+84)
  • Deaths – 5
  • Total Deaths – 25,244

Of the 88,668 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 734, or 0.83 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Capital Region
0.7%
0.6%
0.5%
Central New York
1.0%
0.9%
0.9%
Finger Lakes
0.7%
0.8%
0.5%
Long Island
0.6%
0.8%
0.9%
Mid-Hudson
0.8%
0.9%
0.7%
Mohawk Valley
0.4%
0.6%
0.5%
New York City
1.0%
0.9%
1.0%
North Country
0.1%
0.3%
0.2%
Southern Tier
0.5%
0.6%
0.2%
Western New York
0.7%
0.7%
1.3%

The Governor also confirmed 734 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 424,901 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 424,901 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,643
4
Allegany
80
0
Broome
1,165
0
Cattaraugus
170
1
Cayuga
163
0
Chautauqua
263
3
Chemung
188
1
Chenango
218
0
Clinton
131
1
Columbia
551
0
Cortland
97
0
Delaware
107
0
Dutchess
4,668
13
Erie
9,114
50
Essex
59
2
Franklin
54
0
Fulton
303
0
Genesee
284
0
Greene
297
1
Hamilton
8
0
Herkimer
282
4
Jefferson
143
0
Lewis
47
0
Livingston
178
0
Madison
421
2
Monroe
5,143
21
Montgomery
184
3
Nassau
43,891
51
Niagara
1,529
5
NYC
229,916
382
Oneida
2,195
6
Onondaga
3,663
17
Ontario
367
1
Orange
11,229
12
Orleans
300
1
Oswego
271
7
Otsego
118
0
Putnam
1,459
2
Rensselaer
789
4
Rockland
13,997
16
Saratoga
783
1
Schenectady
1,101
9
Schoharie
69
0
Schuyler
23
1
Seneca
93
0
St. Lawrence
263
0
Steuben
306
3
Suffolk
44,109
64
Sullivan
1,493
2
Tioga
195
0
Tompkins
238
2
Ulster
2,089
3
Warren
312
0
Washington
261
1
Wayne
269
4
Westchester
36,435
33
Wyoming
118
0
Yates
59
1

Yesterday, there were 5 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,244. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
1
Kings
2
Richmond
1
Schenectady
1