Governor Cuomo Calls on the Federal Government to Take Action in Wake of Highly Contagious Variant of COVID-19 Virus Circulating in The United Kingdom

6,185 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,045 Patients in the ICU; 600 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.05%

123 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Cuomo: “120 countries demand that before you get on a flight in the UK to come to their country, you have to have tested negative. The United States does not require it. As I mentioned before, other countries are just banning people coming from the UK. We have about 6 flights a day coming in from the UK and we have done absolutely nothing. Now, to me this is reprehensible because this is what happened in the Spring.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the federal government to take action in the wake of a new, highly contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus circulating in the United Kingdom. Several European countries have already imposed new restrictions on individuals traveling from the United Kingdom, including banning travelers and mandatory testing measures, yet the United States has taken no action in response. The Governor called on the federal government to consider multiple restrictions in the wake of the new variant of COVID-19, including imposing mandatory testing of individuals traveling from the United Kingdom on flights to the United States, as well as a new travel ban from Europe. The actions being recommended by the Governor today take into account lessons learned from March, when the federal government was late to impose a European travel ban allowing the virus to spread uncontrollably throughout New York State and the country.

“There is a disturbing story coming out of the United Kingdom of a highly contagious new variant of the COVID-19 virus. A number of countries have banned people from the UK, and 120 countries demand that before you get on a flight in the UK to come to their country, you have to have tested negative. The United States has a number of flights coming in from the UK each day and we have done absolutely nothing. To me, this is reprehensible because this is what happened in the spring,” Governor Cuomo said. “How many times in life do you have to make the same mistake before you learn? The federal government is being grossly negligent just like the spring, and every day they do nothing on this problem, they do something. It’s high time the federal government takes swift action, because today that variant is getting on a plane and landing in JFK, and all it takes is one person.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 197,251
  • Tested Positive – 9,957
  • Percent Positive – 5.05%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 6,185 (-23)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 822
  • Hospital Counties– 55
  • Number ICU– 1,045 (-43)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 600 (-10)
  • Total Discharges– 95,307 (+728)
  • Deaths– 123
  • Total Deaths– 28,598

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 Avg)
Capital Region
340
0.03%
25%
Central New York
384
0.05%
28%
Finger Lakes
733
0.06%
31%
Long Island
1,030
0.04%
25%
Mid-Hudson
748
0.03%
33%
Mohawk Valley
204
0.04%
31%
New York City
2,036
0.02%
27%
North Country
64
0.01%
48%
Southern Tier
173
0.03%
44%
Western New York
473
0.03%
28%
Statewide
6,185
0.03%
29%

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
223
180
30%
Central New York
275
206
32%
Finger Lakes
397
270
31%
Long Island
835
655
27%
Mid-Hudson
713
432
43%
Mohawk Valley
132
89
26%
New York City
2,339
1,743
29%
North Country
71
35
50%
Southern Tier
127
75
36%
Western New York
545
334
43%
NYS TOTAL
5,657
4,019
32%

Yesterday, 197,251 test results were reported to New York State, and 5.05 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Capital Region
6.49%
6.78%
6.89%
Central New York
6.89%
6.98%
6.70%
Finger Lakes
8.31%
8.45%
8.34%
Long Island
6.08%
6.19%
6.30%
Mid-Hudson
6.17%
6.27%
6.36%
Mohawk Valley
8.21%
8.24%
8.18%
New York City
4.14%
4.22%
4.24%
North Country
4.51%
4.59%
4.99%
Southern Tier
2.48%
2.46%
2.49%
Western New York
6.57%
6.64%
6.37%
Statewide
5.25%
5.36%
5.38%

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

Borough
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Bronx
4.64%
4.78%
4.92%
Brooklyn
4.24%
4.33%
4.36%
Manhattan
2.75%
2.77%
2.72%
Queens
4.76%
4.80%
4.82%
Staten Island
5.11%
5.30%
5.38%

Of the 848,042 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
9,174
177
Allegany
1,559
22
Broome
7,004
66
Cattaraugus
2,037
26
Cayuga
2,020
67
Chautauqua
2,770
50
Chemung
4,083
55
Chenango
972
10
Clinton
795
18
Columbia
1,352
15
Cortland
1,713
25
Delaware
581
15
Dutchess
10,238
148
Erie
36,400
447
Essex
439
9
Franklin
576
18
Fulton
1,032
35
Genesee
2,041
41
Greene
987
18
Hamilton
82
1
Herkimer
1,451
50
Jefferson
1,302
37
Lewis
655
17
Livingston
1,398
46
Madison
1,865
45
Monroe
27,748
689
Montgomery
948
40
Nassau
76,322
901
Niagara
6,845
136
NYC
380,473
3,244
Oneida
9,405
227
Onondaga
17,586
319
Ontario
2,508
62
Orange
21,072
196
Orleans
1,056
38
Oswego
2,782
58
Otsego
1,005
15
Putnam
4,127
50
Rensselaer
3,168
77
Rockland
25,275
151
Saratoga
4,096
88
Schenectady
4,488
111
Schoharie
418
10
Schuyler
441
13
Seneca
586
20
St. Lawrence
1,584
38
Steuben
2,785
76
Suffolk
82,134
1,145
Sullivan
2,697
58
Tioga
1,471
20
Tompkins
1,781
53
Ulster
4,850
59
Warren
836
3
Washington
641
7
Wayne
1,977
40
Westchester
62,940
535
Wyoming
1,069
16
Yates
402
4

Yesterday, 123 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 28,598. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Allegany
1
Bronx
3
Cattaraugus
2
Chemung
1
Cortland
4
Dutchess
1
Erie
13
Genesee
2
Herkimer
1
Kings
8
Livingston
1
Madison
2
Manhattan
4
Monroe
6
Montgomery
4
Nassau
7
Niagara
3
Oneida
5
Onondaga
11
Ontario
2
Orange
3
Oswego
1
Queens
6
Richmond
2
Rockland
5
Schenectady
1
Seneca
2
St. Lawrence
1
Steuben
2
Suffolk
9
Ulster
2
Westchester
6
Wyoming
1