Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force Approves Moderna Vaccine


346,000 Doses of Moderna Vaccine Expected in New York State Next Week

DOH Approves Use & Issues Guidance for Extra COVID-19 Vaccine Doses in Pfizer Vials

6,081 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide – Decrease of 66 from Day Prior

1,068 Patients in the ICU; 592 Intubated – Both Decrease from Day Prior

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.09%

120 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

New Record 249,385 Test Results Reported to New York State Yesterday

Video of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

Audio of today’s remarks is available here.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force, following the FDA’s advisory committee’s recommendation for emergency use authorization of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, has reviewed and approved use of the vaccine in New York State. New York expects to receive approximately 346,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week, pending final FDA authorization.

The Governor also announced that the State Department of Health has approved and issued guidance regarding the use of an extra one to two doses that have been discovered in Pfizer vaccine shipments. Pfizer vaccine vials were previously believed to contain five doses each, but may possibly contain six or seven doses. Medical professionals administering doses can use any extra vaccine that can be easily pulled into a syringe to meet the dose requirement. Extra vaccine from one vial cannot be combined with extra vaccine from another vial to make an additional dose. The New York State Department of Health is issuing guidance today to guide healthcare professionals regarding these extra doses. A letter from DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker is available here.

far right, Mr. Gareth Rhodes, Chancellor Jim Malatras, Director of Operations Kelly Cummings, Dr. Zucker, Melissa DeRosa, Robert Mujica.

“New Yorkers are smart, they see the COVID numbers and they understand the risks. I think they’re going to learn from Thanksgiving and I think you’ll see a smarter response through the holiday season. I believe we can avoid a shutdown because we can slow the spread and the hospitals can manage the increase in cases. This is now a footrace between the vaccine and COVID, and as we slow the spread we also have to accelerate vaccine distribution at the same time,” Governor Cuomo said. “The faster we vaccinate people, the quicker new COVID cases go down, and the potential six-to-nine-month timeline is all in our control. I believe we had the first vaccination in the country because I believe New York is mobilizing faster and is more organized than any other state. New York’s Clinical Advisory Task Force approved Moderna’s vaccine this morning and we’re expecting doses of it next week, which is good news. The even better news is that the supply of vaccine doses is actually bigger than we thought and we’ll be authorizing the use of those additional doses today.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

Test Results Reported – 249,385

  • New Cases – 12,697
  • Percent Positive – 5.09%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 6,081 (-66)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 698
  • Hospital Counties – 55
  • Number ICU – 1,068 (-27)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 592 (-19)
  • Total Discharges – 94,057 (+639)
  • Deaths – 120
  • Total Deaths – 28,344

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 in Region (7-Day Average)
Capital Region
331
0.03%
25%
Central New York
385
0.05%
27%
Finger Lakes
746
0.06%
29%
Long Island
1007
0.04%
24%
Mid-Hudson
739
0.03%
31%
Mohawk Valley
188
0.04%
30%
New York City
1984
0.02%
25%
North Country
63
0.02%
47%
Southern Tier
164
0.03%
43%
Western New York
474
0.03%
26%
Statewide
6081
0.03%
27%

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 Average)
Capital Region
253
177
35%
Central New York
290
194
33%
Finger Lakes
397
283
34%
Long Island
839
638
29%
Mid-Hudson
715
395
45%
Mohawk Valley
132
99
24%
New York City
2482
1772
28%
North Country
71
35
52%
Southern Tier
127
78
36%
Western New York
516
288
44%
NYS TOTAL
5822
3959
33%

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

Region
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Capital Region
6.23%
6.28%
6.49%
Central New York
6.96%
6.95%
6.89%
Finger Lakes
8.21%
8.26%
8.31%
Long Island
5.85%
5.97%
6.08%
Mid-Hudson
6.16%
6.14%
6.17%
Mohawk Valley
8.11%
8.03%
8.21%
New York City
4.14%
4.16%
4.14%
North Country
4.39%
4.46%
4.51%
Southern Tier
2.31%
2.36%
2.48%
Western New York
6.70%
6.57%
6.57%
Statewide
5.21%
5.24%
5.25%

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

Borough
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Bronx
4.46%
4.55%
4.64%
Brooklyn
4.20%
4.22%
4.24%
Manhattan
2.77%
2.77%
2.75%
Queens
4.77%
4.81%
4.76%
Staten Island
5.30%
5.34%
5.11%

Of the 828,166 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
8,821
208
Allegany
1,502
34
Broome
6,893
129
Cattaraugus
1,976
71
Cayuga
1,884
86
Chautauqua
2,624
128
Chemung
3,991
73
Chenango
945
17
Clinton
749
11
Columbia
1,315
27
Cortland
1,655
42
Delaware
547
9
Dutchess
9,959
159
Erie
35,507
750
Essex
422
8
Franklin
540
38
Fulton
981
33
Genesee
1,823
56
Greene
953
31
Hamilton
77
2
Herkimer
1,367
53
Jefferson
1,216
55
Lewis
630
13
Livingston
1,318
48
Madison
1,761
37
Monroe
26,389
746
Montgomery
892
24
Nassau
74,658
901
Niagara
6,582
198
NYC
373,884
4,499
Oneida
8,912
217
Onondaga
16,860
431
Ontario
2,367
84
Orange
20,717
393
Orleans
988
38
Oswego
2,675
77
Otsego
969
11
Putnam
4,035
60
Rensselaer
2,991
87
Rockland
24,983
196
Saratoga
3,908
99
Schenectady
4,268
115
Schoharie
401
9
Schuyler
420
14
Seneca
551
19
St. Lawrence
1,511
47
Steuben
2,663
77
Suffolk
80,047
1,197
Sullivan
2,601
50
Tioga
1,439
18
Tompkins
1,710
39
Ulster
4,736
122
Warren
812
8
Washington
625
6
Wayne
1,881
33
Westchester
61,827
716
Wyoming
1,013
39
Yates
395
9

Yesterday, 120 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 28,344. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Allegany
1
Bronx
8
Broome
1
Cattaraugus
1
Chemung
1
Cortland
1
Erie
15
Essex
1
Herkimer
1
Kings
12
Madison
3
Manhattan
2
Monroe
13
Montgomery
1
Nassau
5
Niagara
2
Oneida
3
Onondaga
5
Ontario
1
Orange
3
Oswego
1
Otsego
1
Queens
7
Richmond
2
Rockland
2
Saratoga
1
Schenectady
1
Seneca
1
St. Lawrence
2
Steuben
1
Suffolk
4
Ulster
5
Westchester
10
Wyoming
1