Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since October 22

Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 1.27%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.62%—Lowest Since November 3

Western New York’s 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 2.82%—Every Region of New York State Below 3 Percent for First Time Since November 5

Hospitalizations Drop to 2,335—Lowest Since November 18; Down 599 Over Past Week

ICU Patients Drop to 605—Lowest Since November 24

Intubations Drop to 371—Lowest Since November 30

23 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.27 percent yesterday, the lowest since October 22.

Western New York’s 7-day average positivity rate dropped to 2.82 percent yesterday. The positivity rate in every region of New York State has now dropped below 3 percent for the first time since November 5, 2020.

“As we make progress defeating the COVID beast and the numbers continue to come down, we are incrementally reopening our economy based on the science and the data,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is all good news, but we aren’t through this pandemic yet and it’s essential that New Yorkers continue practicing safe behaviors like washing hands, wearing masks and socially distancing to slow the spread. We will get past COVID, but only if we do it together, so we need every single New Yorker to do their part and get vaccinated so we can begin to recover, reimagine and rebuild.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 203,644
  • Total Positive – 2,585
  • Percent Positive – 1.27%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 1.62%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,335 (-123)
  • 7-Day Average Patient Hospitalization – 2,572
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -599
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 287
  • Number ICU – 605 (-5)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 371 (-8)
  • Total Discharges – 177,356 (+344)
  • Deaths – 23
  • Total Deaths – 42,185

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
87
0.01%
28%
Central New York
65
0.01%
33%
Finger Lakes
220
0.02%
39%
Long Island
308
0.01%
36%
Mid-Hudson
223
0.01%
46%
Mohawk Valley
33
0.01%
39%
New York City
1057
0.01%
34%
North Country
17
0.00%
57%
Southern Tier
73
0.01%
51%
Western New York
252
0.02%
33%
Statewide
2335
0.01%
37%

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
236
202
14%
Central New York
233
178
24%
Finger Lakes
397
228
43%
Long Island
852
601
29%
Mid-Hudson
667
397
40%
Mohawk Valley
94
70
26%
New York City
2,533
1901
25%
North Country
57
30
47%
Southern Tier
115
74
36%
Western New York
545
348
36%
Statewide
5,729
4029
30%

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

Region
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Capital Region
1.47%
1.49%
1.34%
Central New York
1.58%
1.51%
1.38%
Finger Lakes
2.92%
2.84%
2.74%
Long Island
1.74%
1.67%
1.57%
Mid-Hudson
1.77%
1.71%
1.67%
Mohawk Valley
1.38%
1.44%
1.36%
New York City
1.65%
1.61%
1.55%
North Country
2.00%
2.09%
1.92%
Southern Tier
0.74%
0.75%
0.68%
Western New York
3.23%
3.12%
2.82%
Statewide
1.76%
1.71%
1.62%

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

Borough
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Bronx
1.66%
1.67%
1.57%
Brooklyn
1.98%
1.98%
1.90%
Manhattan
0.98%
0.93%
0.90%
Queens
1.76%
1.68%
1.64%
Staten Island
2.00%
1.91%
1.86%

Of the 2,048,489 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
24,246
20
Allegany
3,343
7
Broome
18,105
24
Cattaraugus
5,460
16
Cayuga
6,098
5
Chautauqua
8,695
13
Chemung
7,423
7
Chenango
3,342
11
Clinton
4,744
13
Columbia
3,933
9
Cortland
3,673
10
Delaware
2,287
8
Dutchess
28,892
42
Erie
87,153
136
Essex
1,552
1
Franklin
2,499
2
Fulton
4,246
7
Genesee
5,268
8
Greene
3,287
8
Hamilton
304
0
Herkimer
5,041
12
Jefferson
5,746
18
Lewis
2,590
10
Livingston
4,245
12
Madison
4,411
7
Monroe
64,987
257
Montgomery
4,130
12
Nassau
181,253
145
Niagara
19,347
41
NYC
920,091
1,042
Oneida
21,998
28
Onondaga
37,518
61
Ontario
7,212
20
Orange
47,491
54
Orleans
2,989
13
Oswego
7,304
21
Otsego
3,347
7
Putnam
10,471
10
Rensselaer
10,977
13
Rockland
46,483
37
Saratoga
14,903
16
Schenectady
12,815
15
Schoharie
1,625
2
Schuyler
1,026
3
Seneca
1,959
3
St. Lawrence
6,405
11
Steuben
6,626
27
Suffolk
198,183
160
Sullivan
6,456
18
Tioga
3,614
5
Tompkins
4,184
6
Ulster
13,620
24
Warren
3,513
6
Washington
3,016
5
Wayne
5,531
18
Westchester
128,236
83
Wyoming
3,442
12
Yates
1,154
4

Yesterday, 23 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State—the lowest single-day death toll since November 10, 2020—bringing the total to 42,185. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
2
Broome
1
Erie
2
Kings
6
Nassau
2
Niagara
2
Queens
3
Richmond
4
Saratoga
1