Governor Cuomo Provides Sunday March 7th Update Announces Restaurants Outside New York City Can Move to 75 Percent Indoor Capacity Starting March 19


New York City Restaurants Will Remain at 35 Percent Capacity

4,789 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide; Lowest Since December 6

999 Patients in the ICU; ICU Patients Fall Below 1,000 For First Time Since December 9

682 Intubated 

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.98%

59 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that restaurants outside of New York City, which have been operating at 50 percent capacity, can now move to 75 percent capacity starting March 19. The data has shown that restaurants can operate safely and in accordance with strict health protocols at 75 percent capacity. New York City restaurant capacity will remain at 35 percent capacity.

“Our fight in the war against COVID-19 continues, but we are encouraged by the decrease in infection and hospitalization rates and the rise in vaccinations,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we expand our vaccine distribution and celebrate the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we have never been closer to defeating this beast once and for all. It is critical that New Yorkers not succumb to COVID fatigue and remain vigilant. Until the day the war is won, we all need to continue the practices we know work – washing hands, social distancing and masking up. The numbers are a reflection of our actions and when we work together, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 227,768
  • Total Positive – 6,789
  • Percent Positive – 2.98%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.19%
  • Patient Hospitalization– 4,789 (-165)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -470
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 526
  • Hospital Counties– 52
  • Number ICU– 999 (-13)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 682 (-12)
  • Total Discharges– 150,100 (+619)
  • Deaths– 59
  • Total Deaths– 39,029

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
106
0.01%
35%
Central New York
49
0.01%
33%
Finger Lakes
165
0.01%
41%
Long Island
814
0.03%
34%
Mid-Hudson
472
0.02%
43%
Mohawk Valley
73
0.02%
40%
New York City
2,826
0.03%
31%
North Country
45
0.01%
59%
Southern Tier
80
0.01%
51%
Western New York
159
0.01%
36%
Statewide
4,789
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
243
192
19%
Central New York
262
171
34%
Finger Lakes
397
251
36%
Long Island
850
651
24%
Mid-Hudson
684
396
41%
Mohawk Valley
97
65
30%
New York City
2,615
2,028
23%
North Country
53
24
57%
Southern Tier
126
54
51%
Western New York
545
303
41%
Statewide
5,872
4,135
29%

Yesterday, 227,768 test results were reported to New York State, and 2.98 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
1.92%
1.96%
1.94%
Central New York
0.92%
0.91%
0.90%
Finger Lakes
1.83%
1.80%
1.71%
Long Island
4.21%
4.19%
4.30%
Mid-Hudson
4.15%
4.19%
4.23%
Mohawk Valley
1.65%
1.60%
1.52%
New York City
3.94%
3.94%
4.01%
North Country
2.61%
2.62%
2.55%
Southern Tier
0.73%
0.75%
0.74%
Western New York
1.98%
1.94%
1.99%
Statewide
3.16%
3.15%
3.19%

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
5.27%
5.11%
4.86%
Brooklyn
4.46%
4.25%
4.14%
Manhattan
2.71%
2.73%
2.65%
Queens
4.46%
4.23%
4.21%
Staten Island
4.72%
4.62%
4.48%

Of the 1,681,169 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
21,239
59
Allegany
2,930
6
Broome
15,461
77
Cattaraugus
4,499
10
Cayuga
5,438
10
Chautauqua
7,443
18
Chemung
6,481
1
Chenango
2,502
15
Clinton
3,788
27
Columbia
3,456
13
Cortland
3,241
10
Delaware
1,590
17
Dutchess
23,006
106
Erie
66,818
214
Essex
1,364
1
Franklin
2,176
16
Fulton
3,440
16
Genesee
4,483
10
Greene
2,709
9
Hamilton
286
1
Herkimer
4,609
8
Jefferson
4,910
19
Lewis
2,103
7
Livingston
3,611
12
Madison
3,896
3
Monroe
53,391
117
Montgomery
3,259
15
Nassau
152,646
676
Niagara
15,554
46
NYC
738,901
3,507
Oneida
19,928
32
Onondaga
32,798
65
Ontario
5,914
16
Orange
38,194
165
Orleans
2,477
5
Oswego
6,119
13
Otsego
2,486
16
Putnam
8,565
26
Rensselaer
9,233
28
Rockland
39,673
127
Saratoga
12,245
55
Schenectady
11,039
29
Schoharie
1,251
8
Schuyler
873
1
Seneca
1,655
7
St. Lawrence
5,701
12
Steuben
5,584
3
Suffolk
166,497
618
Sullivan
4,891
28
Tioga
2,864
10
Tompkins
3,523
14
Ulster
10,331
52
Warren
2,913
6
Washington
2,406
9
Wayne
4,540
12
Westchester
110,330
379
Wyoming
2,885
6
Yates
1,024
1

Yesterday, 59 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State — the lowest one-day death total since December 6, 2020 — bringing the total to 39,029. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Bronx
4
Chautauqua
1
Erie
2
Genesee
1
Kings
8
Manhattan
9
Monroe
1
Nassau
5
Niagara
1
Orange
2
Queens
7
Richmond
4
Saratoga
1
Seneca
1
St. Lawrence
1
Steuben
1
Suffolk
5
Ulster
1
Westchester
3