Governor Cuomo Provides March 17, 2021 Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Five Remaining Yellow Zone Clusters Will Be Lifted March 22

Indoor Fitness Classes Can Begin Reopening Statewide on March 22

11 PM Curfew Lifted for Casinos, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Billiard Halls, Gyms and Fitness Centers Beginning April 5    

4,624 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

954 Patients in the ICU; 601 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.41%

54 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. Effective March 22, the final 5 remaining yellow zone clusters in New York State will be lifted. Those clusters are in the East Bronx, West Bronx, Manhattan, Newburgh, New Windsor and Kew Gardens/Forest Hills in Queens. Any specific restrictions in those locations will be lifted and aligned with statewide guidance.

On March 22, indoor fitness classes can begin reopening statewide at 33 percent capacity with health screening and contact information required at sign-in. Classes should be scheduled to allow additional time for cleaning and disinfection between sessions. Local health departments shall inspect before or within 2 weeks of the fitness center opening to ensure compliance.

Beginning April 5, the 11 p.m. curfew currently in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted. The 11 p.m. curfew for food and beverage establishments and the 12 a.m. curfew for catered events will remain in effect. Both curfews will be evaluated in late-April.

“New York is moving forward with reopening our economy and looking forward to a post-COVID world,” Governor Cuomo said. “We know the vaccine is the weapon that defeats this invisible enemy and we are getting more shots in arms than ever before. As we re-open and an increasing number of New Yorkers receive their vaccines, it is more important than ever to continue the practices we know stop the spread of COVID-19. I encourage New Yorkers to continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands. We are reaching the light at the end of the tunnel and if we stay New York Tough, we will get there together.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 263,401
  • Total Positive – 8,976
  • Percent Positive – 3.41%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.28%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 4,624 (-33)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -174
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 588
  • Hospital Counties– 50
  • Number ICU– 954 (+11)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 601 (-8)
  • Total Discharges– 154,780 (+499)
  • Deaths– 54
  • Total Deaths– 39,690

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
95
0.01%
32%
Central New York
44
0.01%
32%
Finger Lakes
139
0.01%
42%
Long Island
826
0.03%
33%
Mid-Hudson
494
0.02%
44%
Mohawk Valley
64
0.01%
42%
New York City
2,708
0.03%
31%
North Country
27
0.01%
57%
Southern Tier
76
0.01%
52%
Western New York
151
0.01%
37%
Statewide
4,624
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
239
196
17%
Central New York
262
182
35%
Finger Lakes
397
249
37%
Long Island
850
662
23%
Mid-Hudson
677
375
41%
Mohawk Valley
97
75
30%
New York City
2,585
2,031
23%
North Country
55
27
51%
Southern Tier
126
61
50%
Western New York
545
327
42%
Statewide
5,833
4,185
29%

Yesterday, 263,401 test results were reported to New York State, and 3.41 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Capital Region
1.75%
1.75%
1.77%
Central New York
0.82%
0.84%
0.88%
Finger Lakes
1.64%
1.66%
1.66%
Long Island
4.40%
4.53%
4.50%
Mid-Hudson
4.62%
4.65%
4.67%
Mohawk Valley
1.49%
1.46%
1.50%
New York City
4.15%
4.21%
4.18%
North Country
1.44%
1.39%
1.50%
Southern Tier
0.66%
0.62%
0.60%
Western New York
1.83%
1.88%
1.99%
Statewide
3.22%
3.24%
3.28%

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

Borough
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Bronx
4.36%
4.55%
5.15%
Brooklyn
4.04%
4.31%
4.86%
Manhattan
2.62%
2.60%
2.87%
Queens
4.53%
4.73%
5.22%
Staten Island
4.53%
4.69%
5.21%

Of the 1,749,697 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
21,736
48
Allegany
2,965
3
Broome
15,938
55
Cattaraugus
4,607
18
Cayuga
5,497
4
Chautauqua
7,598
16
Chemung
6,573
5
Chenango
2,598
13
Clinton
3,936
22
Columbia
3,532
10
Cortland
3,315
6
Delaware
1,721
11
Dutchess
24,156
117
Erie
68,964
218
Essex
1,400
1
Franklin
2,225
3
Fulton
3,556
9
Genesee
4,597
4
Greene
2,796
10
Hamilton
290
0
Herkimer
4,666
11
Jefferson
5,050
8
Lewis
2,167
11
Livingston
3,685
11
Madison
3,956
7
Monroe
54,469
92
Montgomery
3,350
7
Nassau
158,769
784
Niagara
15,872
18
NYC
775,990
5,389
Oneida
20,306
44
Onondaga
33,312
63
Ontario
6,054
9
Orange
40,030
235
Orleans
2,515
3
Oswego
6,305
34
Otsego
2,650
22
Putnam
8,891
31
Rensselaer
9,531
13
Rockland
41,359
184
Saratoga
12,611
34
Schenectady
11,295
27
Schoharie
1,312
11
Schuyler
889
4
Seneca
1,715
9
St. Lawrence
5,824
18
Steuben
5,698
13
Suffolk
172,670
720
Sullivan
5,092
37
Tioga
2,965
18
Tompkins
3,656
22
Ulster
10,893
51
Warren
3,003
12
Washington
2,493
11
Wayne
4,647
10
Westchester
113,999
422
Wyoming
2,969
6
Yates
1,039
2

Yesterday, 54 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 39,690. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
4
Chenango
1
Erie
1
Greene
1
Kings
14
Manhattan
10
Monroe
1
Nassau
6
Queens
4
Rensselaer
1
Rockland
1
Schenectady
1
Suffolk
6
Westchester
3