Governor Cuomo Announces State to Receive Initial Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses for 170,000 New Yorkers

State Expects to Receive Vaccines December 15 if All Safety and Efficacy Approvals Are Granted

New York Expects to Receive Additional Vaccine Allocations from Pfizer and Moderna This Month

Positive Testing Rate in All Focus Zone Areas is 5.88 Percent; New York State Positivity Outside All Focus Zone Areas is 4.21 Percent  

Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.63 Percent

69 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Tuesday

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 yesterday, announced that New York State will receive an initial delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000 New Yorkers. If all safety and efficacy approvals are granted by the federal government, the state expects to receive the vaccines—which were created by Pfizer—on December 15. New York State expects additional allocations of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna later this month.

“As we continue to move through the holiday season, the good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but unfortunately it is still a ways away and we are now faced with a set of challenges to overcome before we get there. Not only is the number of COVID-19 cases rising virtually everywhere, but they are stemming from a new source, with nearly 70 percent of cases being traced back to households and private gatherings,” Governor Cuomo said. “The federal government has also informed us that New York will be getting its first 170,000 doses of the vaccine in the coming weeks, and while that is certainly welcomed news, the federal vaccination plan not only overlooks the black, brown, and poor communities, but its data sharing provisions will dissuade the undocumented community from getting a vaccination. Winning the war against COVID has to be an inclusive process and only by everyone working together will we be successful. While we continue to fight to make the federal plan more inclusive, effective and fair, New Yorkers need to do their part to help limit the spread.”

The Governor noted that the positive testing rate in all focus areas under the state’s Micro-Cluster strategy is 5.88 percent, and outside the focus zone areas is 4.21 percent. Within the focus areas, 49,027 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 2,882 positives. In the remainder of the state, not counting these focus areas, 144,524 test results were reported, yielding 6,091 positives. Full results for tests reported yesterday, the day prior, the current 7-day rolling average, and last two weeks is below:

Statewide
11/8- 11/14 % Positive
11/15- 11/21 % Positive
11/22- 11/28 % Positive
Current 7-day rolling average
Day Prior (11/30) % Positive
Yesterday (12/01) % Positive
All focus area statewide % positive
4.81%
4.51%
5.14%
5.75%
6.27%
5.88%
Statewide % positive with all focus areas included
2.86%
2.89%
3.52%
4.12%
4.96%
4.63%
Statewide % positive without all focus areas included
2.47%
2.44%
3.02%
3.59%
4.46%
4.21%

Micro-cluster zone 7-day average positivity rates for today, yesterday, the day before, last week, and the week prior is below:

Focus Zone
11/8- 11/14 % Positive
11/15- 11/21 % Positive
11/22- 11/28 % Positive
Day Prior 7-day Rolling Average
Yesterday 7-day Rolling Average
Current 7-day Rolling average
Erie orange-zone focus area % positive
7.22%
7.30%
7.20%
7.43%
7.77%
7.78%
Erie Yellow-zone focus area % positive
5.34%
7.36%
6.83%
6.61%
7.73%
8.27%
Niagara Yellow -zone focus area % positive
5.10%
4.44%
7.35%
7.89%
7.80%
8.07%
Monroe Orange-zone focus area % positive
4.41%
4.17%
6.59%
7.04%
7.32%
6.94%
Monroe Yellow-zone focus area % positive
5.95%
3.58%
5.62%
6.44%
6.81%
6.42%
Onondaga Orange-zone focus area % positive
6.26%
5.34%
6.13%
5.98%
5.91%
5.81%
Onondaga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
6.03%
4.50%
5.09%
5.13%
5.17%
5.50%
Queens Kew Garden Hills/Forest Hills/Astoria yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.40%
3.40%
3.61%
3.78%
3.98%
4.23%
Bronx East Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.81%
3.52%
4.47%
4.74%
5.00%
5.11%
Bronx West Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.80%
4.70%
4.64%
4.81%
5.04%
5.06%
Brooklyn Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.92%
3.70%
5.64%
5.73%
6.13%
6.86%
Rockland Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.55%
3.39%
3.94%
4.23%
4.52%
4.83%
Chemung Orange-zone focus area % positive
4.59%
4.71%
6.46%
7.03%
7.28%
6.72%
Staten Island Orange-zone focus area % positive
5.24%
4.96%
4.75%
5.09%
5.66%
6.10%
Staten Island Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.75%
3.61%
4.08%
4.18%
4.55%
4.72%
Tioga Yellow-zone focus area % positive
10.81%
5.60%
3.10%
3.74%
5.44%
6.15%
Orange Middletown – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.81%
5.41%
3.81%
4.78%
5.28%
6.03%
Orange Newburgh – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
8.07%
7.89%
8.57%
7.76%
7.30%
7.49%
Manhattan-Washington Heights-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.23%
3.39%
3.40%
3.73%
3.84%
3.91%
Nassau-Great Neck-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
3.69%
3.69%
3.93%
4.34%
4.39%
4.37%
Nassau Massapequa Park -Yellow-zone focus area % positive
4.64%
4.15%
5.12%
5.54%
6.14%
5.91%
Suffolk-Hampton Bays-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
9.26%
5.69%
7.00%
6.68%
6.76%
6.24%
Suffolk-Riverhead-Yellow-zone focus area % positive
4.80%
4.85%
3.49%
2.87%
2.95%
3.44%
Westchester Peekskill – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
10.36%
7.15%
7.23%
8.43%
9.55%
9.57%
Westchester Ossining – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
9.88%
10.22%
9.96%
10.65%
10.03%
9.87%
Westchester Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
8.47%
8.27%
7.05%
6.38%
5.55%
4.72%
Westchester Yonkers – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
4.48%
4.11%
4.84%
5.03%
4.75%
5.05%
Westchester New Rochelle – Yellow-zone focus area % positive
6.46%
5.68%
5.44%
6.19%
6.51%
6.33%
Westchester Port Chester Orange-zone focus area % positive
9.34%
7.59%
7.21%
7.91%
8.54%
8.59%

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 3,924 (+150)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 627
  • Hospital Counties – 54
  • Number ICU – 742 (+24)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 373 (+25)
  • Total Discharges – 86,201 (+393)
  • Deaths – 69
  • Total Deaths – 26,889

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

Region
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Current 7-Day Average
Capital Region
3.7%
4.7%
4.7%
3.84%
Central New York
4.2%
5.5%
4.8%
5.12%
Finger Lakes
6.6%
6.4%
5.0%
6.03%
Long Island
4.5%
4.7%
5.5%
4.14%
Mid-Hudson
5.1%
5.3%
5.8%
4.94%
Mohawk Valley
4.6%
5.6%
5.8%
4.60%
New York City
3.9%
4.1%
4.3%
3.34%
North Country
3.0%
4.6%
5.8%
3.18%
Southern Tier
3.8%
4.9%
1.2%
2.39%
Western New York
7.4%
9.0%
6.9%
7.37%

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

Borough
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Current 7-Day Average
Bronx
4.7%
4.7%
4.8%
4.25%
Brooklyn
3.5%
3.9%
4.1%
3.12%
Manhattan
3.1%
2.9%
2.4%
2.20%
Queens
4.2%
4.0%
5.2%
3.72%
Staten Island
5.8%
6.9%
6.3%
5.12%

Of the 664,238 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
6,138
170
Allegany
1,069
11
Broome
5,551
103
Cattaraugus
1,199
35
Cayuga
930
13
Chautauqua
1,631
22
Chemung
3,140
31
Chenango
652
3
Clinton
488
8
Columbia
1,044
9
Cortland
1,091
9
Delaware
385
10
Dutchess
7,512
158
Erie
26,518
476
Essex
296
7
Franklin
276
5
Fulton
527
9
Genesee
1,114
38
Greene
720
10
Hamilton
49
2
Herkimer
755
24
Jefferson
611
25
Lewis
404
24
Livingston
764
26
Madison
992
29
Monroe
16,588
528
Montgomery
522
12
Nassau
61,988
826
Niagara
4,142
123
NYC
317,746
3,198
Oneida
5,266
182
Onondaga
11,281
286
Ontario
1,390
36
Orange
17,283
208
Orleans
645
11
Oswego
1,742
58
Otsego
660
11
Putnam
2,973
89
Rensselaer
1,837
42
Rockland
22,048
203
Saratoga
2,413
43
Schenectady
2,615
60
Schoharie
212
4
Schuyler
323
3
Seneca
323
3
St. Lawrence
913
39
Steuben
1,865
41
Suffolk
62,647
966
Sullivan
2,220
10
Tioga
1,171
18
Tompkins
1,154
15
Ulster
3,499
65
Warren
603
8
Washington
461
4
Wayne
1,206
31
Westchester
51,790
570
Wyoming
584
20
Yates
272
3

Yesterday, 69 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 26,889. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
3
Bronx
3
Broome
4
Chautauqua
1
Chemung
1
Dutchess
1
Erie
14
Greene
1
Kings
2
Manhattan
1
Monroe
3
Nassau
2
Oneida
2
Onondaga
6
Orange
1
Oswego
1
Queens
6
Rensselaer
1
Richmond
5
Rockland
1
Steuben
2
Suffolk
3
Tompkins
1
Westchester
3
Wyoming
1