“Movie Theater, Museums, Aquariums, Zoos and Botanical Garden Capacity Will Increase” Governor Cuomo Provides April 19th Update New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic


Movie Theater Capacity Will Increase to 33 Percent Beginning April 26

Museums, Aquariums, Zoos and Botanical Garden Capacity Will Increase to 50 Percent Beginning April 26

Large-Scale Arenas and Event Venue Capacity Will Increase to 25 Percent Beginning May 19 

3,783 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide; Lowest 7-Day Average Since December 4, 2020

836 Patients in the ICU; 521 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.94 Percent; Lowest 7-Day Average Since November 13, 2020

44 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Sunday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also announced that movie theater capacity will increase to 33 percent starting April 26. Low-risk, indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment – including museums, aquariums, zoos and botanical gardens – will increase to 50 percent capacity also beginning April 26.

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Beginning May 19, spectator capacity will increase to 25 percent at large-scale arenas, and event venues, including professional and collegiate sports, and major performances. Social distancing, masks, health screenings and all other health and safety protocols remain in effect.

“New Yorkers should be encouraged by the incredible progress they have made in reducing the infection rate and getting vaccinated,” Governor Cuomo said. “While we are not yet out of the woods, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, we have been able to safely re-open more facets of our economy. The light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter and we must all remain vigilant and continue to practice the behaviors we know work to stop COVID in its tracks – wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance.”

It is important to note that data, including test results and hospital rates, reported early in the week are often not completely reflective of the current situation due to lower discharges and testing volume over the weekend. Data trends over a period of time, such as using 7-day averages, are a preferred metric.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported– 147,583
  • Total Positive – 4,339
  • Percent Positive – 2.94%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 2.85%
  • Net Change in Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -355
  • Patient Hospitalization– 3,783 (+29)
  • Patients Newly Admitted– 388
  • Hospital Counties– 54
  • Number ICU– 836 (-13)
  • Number ICU with Intubation– 521 (+1)
  • Total Discharges– 171,108 (+330)
  • Deaths– 44
  • Total Deaths– 41,530

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
111
0.01%
29%
Central New York
82
0.01%
31%
Finger Lakes
217
0.02%
37%
Long Island
590
0.02%
34%
Mid-Hudson
393
0.02%
44%
Mohawk Valley
56
0.01%
40%
New York City
1,873
0.02%
32%
North Country
26
0.01%
54%
Southern Tier
88
0.01%
47%
Western New York
347
0.03%
32%
Statewide
3,783
0.02%
35%

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
234
198
18%
Central New York
262
185
29%
Finger Lakes
397
239
38%
Long Island
859
613
25%
Mid-Hudson
672
387
40%
Mohawk Valley
97
83
18%
New York City
2,557
1,963
23%
North Country
60
31
43%
Southern Tier
126
69
46%
Western New York
546
351
34%
Statewide
5,810
4,119
28%

Yesterday, 147,583 test results were reported to New York State, and 2.94 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Capital Region
2.35%
2.31%
2.21%
Central New York
1.59%
1.56%
1.54%
Finger Lakes
3.22%
3.13%
3.04%
Long Island
3.38%
3.21%
3.10%
Mid-Hudson
3.54%
3.37%
3.25%
Mohawk Valley
1.97%
1.92%
1.86%
New York City
3.21%
3.12%
3.07%
North Country
1.64%
1.59%
1.56%
Southern Tier
0.85%
0.85%
0.86%
Western New York
5.25%
4.97%
4.78%
Statewide
3.03%
2.92%
2.85%

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

Borough
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Bronx
3.65%
3.16%
2.89%
Brooklyn
4.09%
3.56%
3.30%
Manhattan
2.23%
2.05%
1.84%
Queens
3.90%
3.48%
3.28%
Staten Island
4.50%
3.85%
3.58%

Of the 1,989,268 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
23,718
39
Allegany
3,193
8
Broome
17,455
38
Cattaraugus
5,180
11
Cayuga
5,893
22
Chautauqua
8,428
9
Chemung
7,183
21
Chenango
3,104
13
Clinton
4,563
13
Columbia
3,837
5
Cortland
3,553
7
Delaware
2,180
10
Dutchess
28,027
45
Erie
82,901
313
Essex
1,504
0
Franklin
2,407
4
Fulton
4,093
12
Genesee
5,077
12
Greene
3,139
13
Hamilton
301
0
Herkimer
4,937
7
Jefferson
5,471
6
Lewis
2,461
4
Livingston
4,022
4
Madison
4,309
7
Monroe
61,314
200
Montgomery
3,911
15
Nassau
177,656
312
Niagara
18,367
53
NYC
894,379
2,104
Oneida
21,472
18
Onondaga
36,119
58
Ontario
6,902
15
Orange
46,223
90
Orleans
2,782
6
Oswego
6,998
12
Otsego
3,200
4
Putnam
10,231
14
Rensselaer
10,709
30
Rockland
45,739
39
Saratoga
14,454
36
Schenectady
12,435
15
Schoharie
1,555
3
Schuyler
992
2
Seneca
1,885
2
St. Lawrence
6,225
8
Steuben
6,309
13
Suffolk
193,919
373
Sullivan
6,167
14
Tioga
3,423
11
Tompkins
4,064
6
Ulster
13,082
43
Warren
3,395
9
Washington
2,867
10
Wayne
5,272
12
Westchester
125,913
187
Wyoming
3,263
2
Yates
1,110
0

Yesterday, 44 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 41,530. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Albany
1
Bronx
3
Chautauqua
1
Erie
4
Fulton
1
Kings
16
Manhattan
3
Monroe
1
Nassau
2
Oneida
1
Queens
2
Richmond
1
Rockland
1
Saratoga
1
Schenectady
1
Schoharie
1
Steuben
1
Suffolk
2
Westchester
1