Governor Cuomo Provides March 20, 2021 Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Hospitalizations Drop to 4,513—Lowest Since December 5

ICU Patients Drop to 909—Lowest Since December 6

Intubations Drop to 575—Lowest Since December 13

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.95%

62 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. Hospitalizations dropped to 4,513, the lowest since December 5. ICU patients dropped to 909, the lowest since December 6. Intubations dropped to 575, the lowest since December 13.

“New Yorkers have fought through this pandemic by being vigilant, and even though the vaccine is here, we need everyone to continue being smart until we’re able to vaccinate everyone who wants it,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are working 24/7 to get vaccines into arms quickly, safely and equitably — and we will not rest until that’s done. In the meantime, everyone should continue washing their hands, staying socially distanced and masking up. We’re going to get through this and defeat the COVID beast together, but there’s more work to be done before we get to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 258,129
  • Total Positive – 7,623
  • Percent Positive – 2.95%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.26%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,513 (-14)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -104
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 567
  • Hospital Counties – 48
  • Number ICU – 909 (-15)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 575 (-12)
  • Total Discharges – 156,366 (+506)
  • Deaths – 62
  • Total Deaths – 39,870

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
39
0.01%
31%
Finger Lakes
137
0.01%
42%
Long Island
825
0.03%
33%
Mid-Hudson
506
0.02%
44%
Mohawk Valley
58
0.01%
40%
New York City
2,616
0.03%
31%
North Country
19
0.00%
57%
Southern Tier
76
0.01%
51%
Western New York
142
0.01%
37%
Statewide
4,513
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
236
187 
18%
Central New York
262
182 
32%
Finger Lakes
397
248 
38%
Long Island
857
674 
23%
Mid-Hudson
681
389 
43%
Mohawk Valley
97
70 
28%
New York City
2,598
2,082 
22%
North Country
58
23 
53%
Southern Tier
126
69 
49%
Western New York
545
321 
41%
Statewide
5,857
4,245 
29%

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

Region
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Capital Region
1.85%
1.89%
1.90%
Central New York
0.91%
0.88%
0.90%
Finger Lakes
1.72%
1.70%
1.75%
Long Island
4.49%
4.46%
4.43%
Mid-Hudson
4.66%
4.54%
4.61%
Mohawk Valley
1.61%
1.60%
1.70%
New York City
4.15%
4.10%
4.03%
North Country
1.53%
1.37%
1.32%
Southern Tier
0.63%
0.60%
0.59%
Western New York
1.92%
2.13%
2.32%
Statewide
3.28%
3.26%
3.26%

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

Borough
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Bronx
4.90%
4.85%
4.65%
Brooklyn
4.40%
4.49%
4.27%
Manhattan
2.87%
2.75%
2.66%
Queens
4.94%
5.04%
4.87%
Staten Island
4.79%
4.85%
4.51%

Of the 1,773,378 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
21,914
47
Allegany
2,976
5
Broome
16,084
58
Cattaraugus
4,639
13
Cayuga
5,519
7
Chautauqua
7,681
21
Chemung
6,616
18
Chenango
2,639
14
Clinton
3,971
9
Columbia
3,572
8
Cortland
3,329
4
Delaware
1,771
19
Dutchess
24,571
162
Erie
69,936
342
Essex
1,411
2
Franklin
2,242
8
Fulton
3,614
18
Genesee
4,654
11
Greene
2,835
13
Hamilton
290
0
Herkimer
4,695
17
Jefferson
5,084
11
Lewis
2,200
8
Livingston
3,712
7
Madison
3,982
8
Monroe
54,934
134
Montgomery
3,400
20
Nassau
160,800
697
Niagara
15,965
29
NYC
788,371
3,764
Oneida
20,410
42
Onondaga
33,504
63
Ontario
6,117
21
Orange
40,780
281
Orleans
2,537
5
Oswego
6,365
20
Otsego
2,718
25
Putnam
9,033
39
Rensselaer
9,625
24
Rockland
41,858
129
Saratoga
12,774
60
Schenectady
11,381
25
Schoharie
1,339
9
Schuyler
900
1
Seneca
1,740
7
St. Lawrence
5,841
5
Steuben
5,733
13
Suffolk
174,799
767
Sullivan
5,186
33
Tioga
3,007
11
Tompkins
3,718
19
Ulster
11,123
86
Warren
3,032
10
Washington
2,515
8
Wayne
4,683
18
Westchester
115,222
420
Wyoming
2,991
8
Yates
1,040
0

Yesterday, 62 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 39,870. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
5
Chautauqua
1
Clinton
1
Dutchess
1
Erie
1
Kings
13
Lewis
1
Manhattan
6
Monroe
1
Nassau
6
Onondaga
1
Orange
1
Queens
14
Richmond
1
Rockland
1
Saratoga
1
Suffolk
4
Tompkins
1
Ulster
1
Westchester
1