Governor Cuomo’s December 26th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

6,884 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,129 Patients in the ICU; 638 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.36%

122 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Friday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday, December 26th updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will ultimately be victorious in the battle with COVID-19, but New Yorkers have a long journey ahead. The holiday season is a time to celebrate and reflect, but it brings the potential for increased spread if we let our guard down. It’s vital that New Yorkers celebrate smart, wash their hands, wear masks and socially distance this holiday season,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State is testing more people and making sure hospitals have enough capacity. We’re vaccinating New Yorkers as fast as possible, but getting to the levels of immunity we need is a long-term effort. New Yorkers brought the state’s infection rate from the nation’s highest to one of the lowest, and they should be commended for that. Now we need to keep up the good work.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 201,442
  • Tested Positive – 10,806
  • Percent Positive – 5.36%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 6,884 (-66)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 855
  • Hospital Counties – 55
  • Number ICU – 1,129 (-19)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 638 (+17)
  • Total Discharges – 99,156 (+806)
  • Deaths – 122
  • Total Deaths – 29,396

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 in Region
Capital Region
361
0.03%
25%
Central New York
404
0.05%
25%
Finger Lakes
848
0.07%
34%
Long Island
1189
0.04%
26%
Mid-Hudson
792
0.03%
35%
Mohawk Valley
223
0.05%
29%
New York City
2384
0.03%
29%
North Country
63
0.02%
46%
Southern Tier
153
0.02%
45%
Western New York
467
0.03%
34%
Statewide
6884
0.04%
31%

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 Average)
Capital Region
209
163
19%
Central New York
267
192
25%
Finger Lakes
397
275
31%
Long Island
814
597
23%
Mid-Hudson
681
379
41%
Mohawk Valley
130
88
28%
New York City
2448
1711
27%
North Country
51
22
53%
Southern Tier
125
75
38%
Western New York
545
309
41%
NYS TOTAL
5667
3811
30%

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
7.48%
7.63%
7.76%
Central New York
6.38%
6.26%
6.11%
Finger Lakes
8.35%
8.22%
8.12%
Long Island
6.41%
6.45%
6.54%
Mid-Hudson
6.22%
6.18%
6.10%
Mohawk Valley
8.71%
8.74%
8.69%
New York City
4.34%
4.46%
4.48%
North Country
5.86%
6.14%
6.34%
Southern Tier
2.66%
2.76%
2.94%
Western New York
6.33%
6.01%
6.16%
Statewide
5.45%
5.53%
5.55%

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
5.17%
5.38%
5.39%
Brooklyn
4.52%
4.64%
4.66%
Manhattan
2.64%
2.66%
2.64%
Queens
5.05%
5.25%
5.37%
Staten Island
5.58%
5.77%
5.67%

Of the 914,522 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
10,489
215
Allegany
1,719
26
Broome
7,616
76
Cattaraugus
2,274
46
Cayuga
2,436
53
Chautauqua
3,162
62
Chemung
4,284
31
Chenango
1,102
28
Clinton
921
31
Columbia
1,494
24
Cortland
1,925
41
Delaware
636
13
Dutchess
11,266
146
Erie
39,183
331
Essex
515
17
Franklin
694
31
Fulton
1,202
27
Genesee
2,437
47
Greene
1,134
19
Hamilton
98
1
Herkimer
1,810
46
Jefferson
1,548
28
Lewis
799
23
Livingston
1,691
41
Madison
2,083
24
Monroe
31,077
426
Montgomery
1,194
72
Nassau
82,233
1,134
Niagara
7,719
101
NYC
404,422
3,949
Oneida
10,755
155
Onondaga
19,452
297
Ontario
2,899
61
Orange
22,213
181
Orleans
1,219
39
Oswego
3,093
48
Otsego
1,116
23
Putnam
4,478
65
Rensselaer
3,751
106
Rockland
26,433
142
Saratoga
4,868
127
Schenectady
5,248
150
Schoharie
493
22
Schuyler
490
14
Seneca
701
24
St. Lawrence
1,851
36
Steuben
3,139
42
Suffolk
89,257
1,272
Sullivan
2,911
28
Tioga
1,596
21
Tompkins
1,953
32
Ulster
5,328
87
Warren
1,040
61
Washington
740
27
Wayne
2,262
43
Westchester
66,405
554
Wyoming
1,221
24
Yates
447
16

Yesterday, 122 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 29,396. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Bronx
5
Broome
3
Cattaraugus
1
Chemung
1
Cortland
2
Delaware
1
Dutchess
2
Erie
9
Fulton
1
Genesee
1
Kings
12
Madison
2
Manhattan
4
Monroe
14
Montgomery
4
Nassau
3
Niagara
2
Oneida
4
Onondaga
9
Ontario
1
Orange
3
Oswego
1
Otsego
1
Queens
8
Rensselaer
2
Richmond
6
Rockland
2
Saratoga
2
Schenectady
1
Suffolk
7
Warren
1
Wayne
2
Westchester
4