Governor Cuomo Provides March 16, 2021 Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

4,657 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

943 Patients in the ICU; 609 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 4.14%

51 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has consumed New Yorkers’ lives for the past year, but we have the weapon that will win the war and we’re distributing it across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York’s ever expanding vaccine network can handle more supply than the state receives, so we’re ready to get even more shots in arms when the time comes. In the meantime, it’s critical that residents continue to wash their hands, wear masks and stay socially distanced. We will get to the light at the end of the tunnel—we just have to remember that the infection rate is a function of what we do and to stay strong together.”

It is important to note that data, including test results and hospital rates, reported early in the week are often not completely reflective of the current situation due to lower discharges and testing volume over the weekend. Data trends over a period of time, such as using 7-day averages, are a preferred metric.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 157,096
  • Total Positive – 6,508
  • Percent Positive – 4.14%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.24%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,657 (+140)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -242
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 510
  • Hospital Counties – 49
  • Number ICU – 943 (+20)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 609 (-5)
  • Total Discharges – 154,281 (+310)
  • Deaths – 51
  • Total Deaths – 39,636

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
98
0.01%
32%
Central New York
45
0.01%
33%
Finger Lakes
148
0.01%
42%
Long Island
834
0.03%
34%
Mid-Hudson
487
0.02%
44%
Mohawk Valley
67
0.01%
42%
New York City
2,718
0.03%
31%
North Country
26
0.01%
57%
Southern Tier
78
0.01%
52%
Western New York
156
0.01%
37%
Statewide
4,657
0.02%
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
187
17%
Central New York
262
163
35%
Finger Lakes
397
248
37%
Long Island
849
635
22%
Mid-Hudson
674
373
41%
Mohawk Valley
97
67
32%
New York City
2,575
1,992
23%
North Country
57
23
51%
Southern Tier
126
62
49%
Western New York
545
314
42%
Statewide
5,816
4,064
29%

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

Region
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Capital Region
1.72%
1.75%
1.75%
Central New York
0.84%
0.82%
0.84%
Finger Lakes
1.64%
1.64%
1.66%
Long Island
4.32%
4.40%
4.53%
Mid-Hudson
4.54%
4.62%
4.65%
Mohawk Valley
1.53%
1.49%
1.46%
New York City
4.04%
4.15%
4.21%
North Country
1.58%
1.44%
1.39%
Southern Tier
0.64%
0.66%
0.62%
Western New York
1.76%
1.83%
1.88%
Statewide
3.15%
3.22%
3.24%

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

Borough
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Bronx
4.40%
4.36%
4.55%
Brooklyn
4.09%
4.04%
4.31%
Manhattan
2.67%
2.62%
2.60%
Queens
4.54%
4.53%
4.73%
Staten Island
4.71%
4.53%
4.69%

Of the 1,740,721 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
21,688
43
Allegany
2,962
3
Broome
15,883
30
Cattaraugus
4,589
14
Cayuga
5,493
7
Chautauqua
7,582
20
Chemung
6,568
2
Chenango
2,585
15
Clinton
3,914
14
Columbia
3,522
13
Cortland
3,309
5
Delaware
1,710
3
Dutchess
24,039
111
Erie
68,746
203
Essex
1,399
1
Franklin
2,222
4
Fulton
3,547
11
Genesee
4,593
10
Greene
2,786
2
Hamilton
290
0
Herkimer
4,655
6
Jefferson
5,042
18
Lewis
2,156
9
Livingston
3,674
6
Madison
3,949
5
Monroe
54,377
107
Montgomery
3,343
6
Nassau
157,985
623
Niagara
15,854
38
NYC
770,601
3,370
Oneida
20,262
26
Onondaga
33,249
46
Ontario
6,045
15
Orange
39,795
220
Orleans
2,512
2
Oswego
6,271
9
Otsego
2,628
12
Putnam
8,860
24
Rensselaer
9,518
34
Rockland
41,175
187
Saratoga
12,577
34
Schenectady
11,268
24
Schoharie
1,301
1
Schuyler
885
0
Seneca
1,706
2
St. Lawrence
5,806
6
Steuben
5,685
11
Suffolk
171,950
652
Sullivan
5,055
22
Tioga
2,947
2
Tompkins
3,634
12
Ulster
10,842
58
Warren
2,991
14
Washington
2,482
11
Wayne
4,637
6
Westchester
113,577
373
Wyoming
2,963
5
Yates
1,037
1

Yesterday, 51 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State—the lowest one-day death toll since November 28, 2020—bringing the total to 39,636. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
8
Erie
1
Kings
9
Manhattan
3
Monroe
2
Nassau
5
Onondaga
1
Queens
7
Rockland
4
Suffolk
8
Westchester
3