In August 21st Update Governor Cuomo Announces New Record-High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported and Lowest Hospitalizations Since March 16


98,880 Test Results Reported to New York State Yesterday – Beating Previous High of 88,668 

Infection Rate Stays Below 1 Percent for 14th Straight Day; 0.72 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

Hospitalizations Drop Below 500 for First Time; Lowest Number—490—Since March 16 

Lowest Number of ICU Patients—119—Since March 15 

3 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday; No Deaths Reported in New York City

Confirms 709 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 428,512; New Cases in 43 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new record-high number of COVID-19 test results—98,880—were reported to New York State yesterday. The governor also announced that hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time, to 490, the lowest number since March 16. The number of ICU patients dropped to 119, the lowest number since March 15. The rate of positive tests—0.72 percent—was below 1 percent for the 14th straight day. No deaths were reported in New York City yesterday. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Part of the reason we were able to tame the beast in New York is because of our aggressive testing strategy. When the federal administration fell down, New York stepped up – and yesterday we raised the bar even higher with nearly 100,000 tests reported in a single day,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve been reopening for 14 weeks and our infection rate has actually done down – the positive test rate has been below 1 percent the past 14 days and the number of hospitalizations dropped below 500 for the first time since March 16. This is proof positive that when you have the virus under control, more testing does not equal more positives. But my message to New Yorkers remains the same: this is not over, we have to be smart, wear a mask, socially distance and be New York Tough!”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,618 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 11 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 2
  • Manhattan – 1
  • Queens – 7
  • Suffolk – 1

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 490 (-28)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 66
  • Hospital Counties – 28
  • Number ICU – 119 (-1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 58 (-4)
  • Total Discharges – 74,485 (+79)
  • Deaths – 3
  • Total Deaths – 25,278

Of the 98,880 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 709, or 0.72 percent, were positive. Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Capital Region
0.5%
0.6%
0.7%
Central New York
0.7%
0.3%
0.8%
Finger Lakes
0.6%
0.4%
0.3%
Long Island
0.9%
0.8%
0.7%
Mid-Hudson
0.7%
0.8%
0.9%
Mohawk Valley
0.4%
0.3%
0.8%
New York City
0.8%
0.8%
0.7%
North Country
0.1%
1.2%
0.2%
Southern Tier
0.6%
0.6%
0.5%
Western New York
1.4%
1.0%
1.6%

The Governor also confirmed 709 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 428,512 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 428,512 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
2,691
7
Allegany
84
3
Broome
1,211
15
Cattaraugus
174
0
Cayuga
164
0
Chautauqua
278
3
Chemung
193
0
Chenango
222
3
Clinton
136
1
Columbia
561
1
Cortland
98
0
Delaware
109
0
Dutchess
4,734
13
Erie
9,364
81
Essex
85
0
Franklin
56
0
Fulton
306
1
Genesee
290
0
Greene
304
3
Hamilton
12
0
Herkimer
289
5
Jefferson
144
1
Lewis
47
0
Livingston
178
0
Madison
431
7
Monroe
5,273
17
Montgomery
193
3
Nassau
44,162
50
Niagara
1,556
9
NYC
231,574
286
Oneida
2,233
11
Onondaga
3,743
24
Ontario
373
0
Orange
11,316
24
Orleans
303
0
Oswego
279
3
Otsego
124
1
Putnam
1,470
2
Rensselaer
810
1
Rockland
14,106
17
Saratoga
808
6
Schenectady
1,159
16
Schoharie
69
0
Schuyler
24
1
Seneca
95
0
St. Lawrence
265
1
Steuben
308
1
Suffolk
44,400
47
Sullivan
1,495
0
Tioga
203
0
Tompkins
244
4
Ulster
2,115
2
Warren
314
1
Washington
264
0
Wayne
272
2
Westchester
36,621
35
Wyoming
121
1
Yates
59
0

Yesterday, there were 3 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,278. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Clinton
1
Niagara
1
Rockland
1