Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since November 23

Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 3.06% Central New York 1.33%

Hospitalizations Drop to 5,977—Below 6,000 for First Time Since December 14

7-Day Average Positivity Rate Has Declined for 43 Straight Days

1,162 Patients in the ICU; 801 Intubated

97 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the COVID-19 positivity rate yesterday was 3.06 percent, the lowest since November 23. Hospitalizations dropped below 6,000 for the first time since December 14. The 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 43 straight days.

“Our ability to beat back COVID is entirely dependent on our actions, and the post-holiday reduction in positivity and hospitalizations demonstrates that New Yorkers are continuing to do the right things to stay safe. As these numbers go down, vaccinations are going up, and that means we’re making real progress toward the light at the end of the tunnel,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have the capacity and distribution network to get even more vaccines in arms, but because of limited supply this will continue to be a marathon, not a sprint. In the meantime, we must continue masking up and practicing good social distancing—actions that we know will tame the COVID beast.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 251,645
  • Total Positive – 7,692
  • Percent Positive – 3.06%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.53%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 5,977 (-178)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -911
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 563
  • Hospital Counties – 55
  • Number ICU – 1,162 (-37)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 801 (-33)
  • Total Discharges – 141,592 (+624)
  • Deaths – 97
  • Total Deaths – 37,776

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
185
0.02%
34%
Central New York
101
0.01%
32%
Finger Lakes
215
0.02%
40%
Long Island
1,013
0.04%
34%
Mid-Hudson
634
0.03%
43%
Mohawk Valley
116
0.02%
36%
New York City
3,236
0.04%
31%
North Country
80
0.02%
57%
Southern Tier
139
0.02%
48%
Western New York
258
0.02%
38%
Statewide
5,977
0.03%
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
242
177 
27%
Central New York
262
170 
32%
Finger Lakes
397
242 
37%
Long Island
856
671 
22%
Mid-Hudson
680
397 
39%
Mohawk Valley
127
87 
29%
New York City
2,600
2,051 
21%
North Country
59
33 
43%
Southern Tier
126
70 
44%
Western New York
545
340 
39%
Statewide
5,894
4,238 
28%

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

REGION
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Capital Region
2.16%
2.09%
2.00%
Central New York
1.61%
1.41%
1.33%
Finger Lakes
2.39%
2.33%
2.37%
Long Island
4.39%
4.36%
4.31%
Mid-Hudson
4.40%
4.43%
4.14%
Mohawk Valley
2.12%
2.11%
2.11%
New York City
4.28%
4.40%
4.40%
North Country
3.74%
3.91%
3.95%
Southern Tier
0.79%
0.78%
0.76%
Western New York
3.32%
3.01%
2.87%
Statewide
3.61%
3.60%
3.53%

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

BOROUGH
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Bronx
5.85%
6.20%
6.00%
Brooklyn
4.38%
4.57%
4.56%
Manhattan
2.73%
3.01%
2.98%
Queens
4.77%
4.96%
4.95%
Staten Island
4.48%
4.57%
4.47%

Of the 1,572,175 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
20,336
64
Allegany
2,832
9
Broome
14,145
94
Cattaraugus
4,269
19
Cayuga
5,242
14
Chautauqua
7,152
12
Chemung
6,350
5
Chenango
2,359
15
Clinton
3,369
17
Columbia
3,312
15
Cortland
3,074
14
Delaware
1,438
7
Dutchess
21,452
108
Erie
63,248
286
Essex
1,291
19
Franklin
1,935
42
Fulton
3,170
31
Genesee
4,272
15
Greene
2,573
7
Hamilton
276
1
Herkimer
4,499
10
Jefferson
4,582
20
Lewis
1,996
9
Livingston
3,434
14
Madison
3,755
15
Monroe
51,423
168
Montgomery
3,079
20
Nassau
143,069
602
Niagara
14,957
37
NYC
680,801
4,150
Oneida
19,351
27
Onondaga
31,848
55
Ontario
5,626
21
Orange
35,496
141
Orleans
2,394
7
Oswego
5,875
21
Otsego
2,238
9
Putnam
8,085
26
Rensselaer
8,760
27
Rockland
37,478
158
Saratoga
11,560
43
Schenectady
10,593
20
Schoharie
1,160
6
Schuyler
847
1
Seneca
1,532
6
St. Lawrence
5,194
48
Steuben
5,415
16
Suffolk
157,516
602
Sullivan
4,594
18
Tioga
2,740
15
Tompkins
3,376
9
Ulster
9,698
40
Warren
2,763
9
Washington
2,232
10
Wayne
4,370
17
Westchester
103,990
484
Wyoming
2,748
16
Yates
1,006
1

54 new cases of the UK variant have been identified in New York State, bringing the total number of cases to 136. The geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2
2
Allegany
1
0
Broome
1
0
Dutchess
1
1
Essex
1
0
Jefferson
1
0
Nassau
9
1
Niagara
1
0
NYC
77
46
Onondaga
1
0
Rockland
4
0
Saratoga
7
0
Suffolk
10
2
Tompkins
6
0
Ulster
2
1
Warren
6
0
Westchester
5
1

Yesterday, 97 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 37,776. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
7
Cattaraugus
1
Chautauqua
2
Erie
3
Kings
17
Manhattan
7
Monroe
1
Nassau
8
Niagara
1
Oneida
3
Onondaga
3
Orange
2
Queens
16
Rensselaer
2
Richmond
2
Rockland
2
Schenectady
2
Schuyler
1
Seneca
1
St. Lawrence
1
Suffolk
9
Westchester
6

 

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