Governor Cuomo Announces New York State’s Rate of Transmission has Dropped Below One

An Rt of 1 or More Means COVID-19 Will Spread Quickly

Announces All Elective Surgeries Can Resume in Erie County Amid Sustained Decline in County’s Positivity Rate and Hospitalizations

8,730 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,522 Patients in the ICU; 1,005 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.47%

167 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, January 25th announced that New York State’s rate of transmission, or Rt, has dropped below 1. An Rt of 1 or more means COVID-19 will spread quickly.

The Governor also announced that elective surgeries can resume in Erie County following a sustained decline in Western New York’s positivity rate. The county’s positivity has steadily declined for nearly three weeks, going from 8.6 percent on January 7 to 5.2 percent. Hospitalizations have declined from 427 on December 31 to 323. The county’s hospital capacity is at 48 percent.

“We predicted that increased social activity would lead to a spike in COVID cases, and that the spike would eventually dissipate, and the ongoing fulfilment of that prediction is good news. The rate of transmission—one of the most important numbers—has now declined below one, meaning the virus is no longer spreading quickly. And when those numbers decrease, you can increase economic activity,” Governor Cuomo said. “That decline has extended to Erie County, and we now feel comfortable resuming elective surgeries there and will have more adjustments over the next couple of days. This is good news, but don’t get cocky with COVID—this beast has been ahead of us from the beginning and it will require New Yorkers to stay vigilant, wash their hands, wear masks and socially distance to get to the light at the end of the tunnel together.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 219,538
  • Total Positive – 12,003
  • Percent Positive – 5.47%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 8,730 (+117)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 817
  • Hospital Counties – 57
  • Number ICU – 1,522 (-5)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 1,005 (+8)
  • Total Discharges – 122,544 (+621)
  • Deaths – 167
  • Total Deaths – 34,242

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
503
0.05%
24%
Central New York
259
0.03%
29%
Finger Lakes
701
0.06%
33%
Long Island
1,594
0.06%
28%
Mid-Hudson
1,030
0.04%
40%
Mohawk Valley
251
0.05%
25%
New York City
3,638
0.04%
31%
North Country
97
0.02%
51%
Southern Tier
248
0.04%
43%
Western New York
409
0.03%
34%
Statewide
8,730
0.04%
32%

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
257
198
19%
Central New York
262
190
29%
Finger Lakes
397
300
22%
Long Island
861
675
21%
Mid-Hudson
685
415
37%
Mohawk Valley
133
94
24%
New York City
2,545
1,986
22%
North Country
57
33
34%
Southern Tier
125
77
35%
Western New York
545
327
39%
Statewide
5,867
4,295
26%

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

Region
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Capital Region
6.90%
6.74%
6.43%
Central New York
5.29%
5.34%
4.84%
Finger Lakes
5.78%
5.52%
5.24%
Long Island
7.10%
6.99%
6.92%
Mid-Hudson
6.92%
6.85%
6.77%
Mohawk Valley
7.08%
6.70%
6.61%
New York City
5.71%
5.68%
5.57%
North Country
6.69%
6.55%
6.54%
Southern Tier
3.30%
3.23%
3.10%
Western New York
6.01%
5.89%
5.70%
Statewide
6.07%
5.99%
5.85%

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

Borough
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Bronx
7.49%
7.50%
7.26%
Brooklyn
5.90%
5.82%
5.60%
Manhattan
3.74%
3.69%
3.58%
Queens
6.50%
6.49%
6.23%
Staten Island
6.10%
6.15%
5.96%

Of the 1,338,990 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
17,620
135
Allegany
2,480
21
Broome
12,008
84
Cattaraugus
3,623
16
Cayuga
4,710
21
Chautauqua
6,053
40
Chemung
5,866
32
Chenango
1,943
17
Clinton
2,458
34
Columbia
2,762
39
Cortland
2,762
9
Delaware
1,134
15
Dutchess
18,004
191
Erie
54,873
371
Essex
1,046
9
Franklin
1,359
27
Fulton
2,355
25
Genesee
3,875
20
Greene
2,220
18
Hamilton
166
0
Herkimer
3,955
24
Jefferson
3,618
56
Lewis
1,655
10
Livingston
2,894
17
Madison
3,335
8
Monroe
46,265
201
Montgomery
2,463
25
Nassau
122,200
1,198
Niagara
12,933
90
NYC
566,421
5,695
Oneida
17,742
85
Onondaga
29,147
108
Ontario
4,969
30
Orange
30,545
257
Orleans
2,042
10
Oswego
5,201
25
Otsego
1,891
20
Putnam
7,004
77
Rensselaer
7,502
52
Rockland
33,327
203
Saratoga
10,020
69
Schenectady
9,299
68
Schoharie
981
6
Schuyler
760
4
Seneca
1,331
6
St. Lawrence
4,065
59
Steuben
4,802
28
Suffolk
136,593
1,419
Sullivan
4,038
23
Tioga
2,364
18
Tompkins
2,845
14
Ulster
8,301
74
Warren
2,270
11
Washington
1,703
24
Wayne
3,930
31
Westchester
90,029
804
Wyoming
2,343
25
Yates
890
5

Yesterday, 167 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 34,242. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
3
Bronx
8
Broome
5
Cattaraugus
1
Chautauqua
3
Chenango
2
Clinton
1
Columbia
1
Delaware
1
Dutchess
4
Erie
5
Fulton
3
Herkimer
2
Jefferson
4
Kings
19
Manhattan
9
Monroe
4
Montgomery
1
Nassau
10
Niagara
7
Oneida
2
Onondaga
2
Orange
3
Oswego
3
Otsego
2
Queens
13
Richmond
7
Rockland
3
Saratoga
6
Schenectady
5
Schoharie
1
Suffolk
18
Sullivan
1
Ulster
2
Warren
1
Westchester
5