Governor Cuomo on May 2nd Announces Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity as Rate Drops Below 1.5 Percent for First Time Since October 28

Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 1.49%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.84%Lowest Since November 6

Hospitalizations Drop to 2,535—Lowest Since November 20; Down 33 Percent Over the Last Two Weeks

ICU Patients Drop to 637—Lowest Since November 26

Intubations Drop to 406—Lowest Since December 3

33 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49 percent yesterday, dropping below 1.5 percent for the first time since October 28.

“Every single day, New York State is moving forward in the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate. More New Yorkers are getting vaccinated and hospitalizations are declining, which is good news, but we need New Yorkers to stay vigilant to make sure we don’t lose any of the progress we’ve made,” Governor Cuomo said. “Washing hands, wearing masks and staying socially distanced are critical behaviors each of us can practice, individually and in our communities, to slow the spread. In the meantime, New York is continuing to make the vaccine more accessible and open more pop-up sites. Spring is here and we’re making progress, but there’s a way to go before we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 191,257
  • Total Positive – 2,849
  • Percent Positive – 1.49%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 1.84%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,535 (-194)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -663
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 261
  • Number ICU – 637 (-21)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 406 (-11)
  • Total Discharges – 176,264 (+388)
  • Deaths – 33
  • Total Deaths – 42,051

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
80
0.01%
30%
Central New York
56
0.01%
32%
Finger Lakes
201
0.02%
39%
Long Island
351
0.01%
35%
Mid-Hudson
268
0.01%
45%
Mohawk Valley
31
0.01%
38%
New York City
1205
0.01%
33%
North Country
21
0.01%
57%
Southern Tier
75
0.01%
50%
Western New York
247
0.02%
32%
Statewide
2535
0.01%
36%

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
234
197
16%
Central New York
233
167
28%
Finger Lakes
397
224
44%
Long Island
849
629
26%
Mid-Hudson
669
407
39%
Mohawk Valley
97
77
21%
New York City
2,548
1884
26%
North Country
57
26
54%
Southern Tier
115
64
44%
Western New York
545
357
34%
Statewide
5,744
4032
30%

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
1.50%
1.55%
1.55%
Central New York
1.48%
1.50%
1.51%
Finger Lakes
2.81%
2.91%
2.81%
Long Island
2.05%
1.97%
1.88%
Mid-Hudson
2.06%
1.95%
1.88%
Mohawk Valley
1.49%
1.52%
1.45%
New York City
1.89%
1.83%
1.78%
North Country
1.87%
2.10%
1.98%
Southern Tier
0.74%
0.71%
0.70%
Western New York
3.49%
3.44%
3.38%
Statewide
1.93%
1.89%
1.84%

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
1.88%
1.78%
1.74%
Brooklyn
2.28%
2.23%
2.16%
Manhattan
1.09%
1.10%
1.07%
Queens
2.02%
1.94%
1.88%
Staten Island
2.28%
2.21%
2.10%

Of the 2,039,068 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
24,180
21
Allegany
3,309
10
Broome
17,997
22
Cattaraugus
5,411
12
Cayuga
6,062
13
Chautauqua
8,641
6
Chemung
7,385
24
Chenango
3,298
10
Clinton
4,701
8
Columbia
3,898
4
Cortland
3,636
12
Delaware
2,271
5
Dutchess
28,744
46
Erie
86,606
167
Essex
1,545
8
Franklin
2,488
5
Fulton
4,219
4
Genesee
5,228
7
Greene
3,266
11
Hamilton
303
0
Herkimer
5,003
9
Jefferson
5,676
8
Lewis
2,561
4
Livingston
4,199
10
Madison
4,396
11
Monroe
64,206
207
Montgomery
4,092
13
Nassau
180,730
125
Niagara
19,190
52
NYC
916,196
1,304
Oneida
21,915
23
Onondaga
37,316
84
Ontario
7,154
25
Orange
47,317
53
Orleans
2,941
9
Oswego
7,237
16
Otsego
3,320
8
Putnam
10,433
6
Rensselaer
10,942
14
Rockland
46,347
28
Saratoga
14,806
17
Schenectady
12,743
26
Schoharie
1,614
5
Schuyler
1,019
2
Seneca
1,938
4
St. Lawrence
6,370
7
Steuben
6,564
12
Suffolk
197,546
190
Sullivan
6,415
15
Tioga
3,589
11
Tompkins
4,158
7
Ulster
13,537
20
Warren
3,488
0
Washington
2,981
8
Wayne
5,471
14
Westchester
127,913
96
Wyoming
3,415
10
Yates
1,142
1

Yesterday, 33 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 42,051. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
4
Erie
2
Kings
6
Manhattan
4
Onondaga
1
Orange
1
Queens
8
Richmond
2
Rockland
1
Suffolk
3
Westchester
1