April 26, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Reopening Guidance and Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Reopening Guidance and Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress during COVID-19 Pandemic
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Large-Scale Outdoor Event Venues Can Increase Spectator Capacity from 20% to 33% Beginning May 19

Casinos and Gaming Facilities Can Increase Capacity from 25% to 50% Beginning May 15

Offices Can Increase Capacity from 50% to 75% Beginning May 15

Gyms/Fitness Centers Outside of New York City Can Increase Capacity from 33% to 50% Beginning May 15

Social Distancing, Masks, Health Screenings and All Other State Health/Safety Protocols Remain in Effect

Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.39%; 7-Day Average Positivity is 2.13%, Lowest Since November 8

3,174 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide; Lowest Since November 26; Down 609 Over the Last Week

729 Patients in the ICU; Lowest Since November 30

454 Intubated; Lowest Since December 4

41 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that spectator capacity at large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts and entertainment, will increase from 20 to 33 percent beginning May 19. This increase will coincide with the previously announced increase in large-scale indoor event venue capacity. Social distancing, masks, health screenings and all other State health and safety protocols remain in effect.

The Governor also announced that capacities would be increased throughout several industries that have proven to safely reopen in accordance with the State's COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, starting May 15:

  • Gyms and fitness centers outside of New York City will increase from 33% to 50% capacity.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities will increase from 25% to 50% capacity.
  • Offices will increase from 50% to 75% capacity. 

"We are making tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19 — our vaccination rates are going up and the positivity and hospitalization rates are going down, so now we are going to open the valves of our economy even further," Governor Cuomo said. "We are increasing the capacity limits throughout several industries, including gyms outside of New York City, casinos, offices and large-scale outdoor event venues. This is all great news, but we are not out of the woods yet. Washing hands, wearing masks and staying socially distanced are critical tools each of us can use to slow the spread as we continue our efforts to defeat COVID once and for all."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 126,953
  • Total Positive - 3,039
  • Percent Positive - 2.39%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 2.13%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 3,174 (-24)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -609
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 306
  • Hospital Counties - 54
  • Number ICU - 729 (-13)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 454 (-6)
  • Total Discharges - 174,087 (+312)
  • Deaths - 41
  • Total Deaths - 41,849

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

94

0.01%

30%

Central New York

62

0.01%

31%

Finger Lakes

210

0.02%

40%

Long Island

476

0.02%

35%

Mid-Hudson

315

0.01%

45%

Mohawk Valley

48

0.01%

39%

New York City

1545

0.02%

32%

North Country

25

0.01%

56%

Southern Tier

86

0.01%

49%

Western New York

313

0.02%

31%

Statewide

3174

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

232

194 

17%

Central New York

262

171 

30%

Finger Lakes

397

207 

43%

Long Island

848

610 

26%

Mid-Hudson

672

385 

42%

Mohawk Valley

97

81 

18%

New York City

2,556

1,895 

23%

North Country

55

32 

40%

Southern Tier

127

64 

47%

Western New York

545

362 

33%

Statewide

5,791

4,001 

28%

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

1.73%

1.58%

1.66%

Central New York

1.34%

1.35%

1.28%

Finger Lakes

2.72%

2.78%

2.75%

Long Island

2.42%

2.36%

2.27%

Mid-Hudson

2.61%

2.52%

2.47%

Mohawk Valley

1.41%

1.46%

1.45%

New York City

2.42%

2.30%

2.21%

North Country

1.35%

1.37%

1.38%

Southern Tier

0.83%

0.82%

0.82%

Western New York

3.75%

3.66%

3.53%

Statewide

2.27%

2.19%

2.13%

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

2.51%

2.38%

2.11%

Brooklyn

2.86%

2.75%

2.45%

Manhattan

1.44%

1.34%

1.15%

Queens

2.76%

2.60%

2.34%

Staten Island

3.38%

3.13%

2.74%

Of the 2,018,703 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

24,009

33

Allegany

3,248

6

Broome

17,787

29

Cattaraugus

5,281

11

Cayuga

5,975

13

Chautauqua

8,536

5

Chemung

7,296

17

Chenango

3,219

6

Clinton

4,654

12

Columbia

3,867

2

Cortland

3,601

2

Delaware

2,237

3

Dutchess

28,441

49

Erie

85,081

215

Essex

1,515

2

Franklin

2,443

4

Fulton

4,177

4

Genesee

5,156

4

Greene

3,205

4

Hamilton

303

1

Herkimer

4,965

2

Jefferson

5,549

5

Lewis

2,507

3

Livingston

4,114

17

Madison

4,356

5

Monroe

62,911

183

Montgomery

4,018

24

Nassau

179,572

222

Niagara

18,816

46

NYC

907,607

1,343

Oneida

21,701

16

Onondaga

36,689

46

Ontario

7,029

16

Orange

46,892

74

Orleans

2,869

6

Oswego

7,111

8

Otsego

3,272

7

Putnam

10,374

12

Rensselaer

10,846

23

Rockland

46,113

30

Saratoga

14,657

22

Schenectady

12,598

23

Schoharie

1,585

2

Schuyler

1,006

1

Seneca

1,906

0

St. Lawrence

6,304

10

Steuben

6,458

19

Suffolk

196,101

237

Sullivan

6,332

12

Tioga

3,526

10

Tompkins

4,115

2

Ulster

13,359

36

Warren

3,458

4

Washington

2,924

3

Wayne

5,387

10

Westchester

127,179

133

Wyoming

3,339

3

Yates

1,127

2

Yesterday, 41 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 41,849. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Allegany

1

Bronx

3

Cattaraugus

1

Cayuga

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

3

Kings

4

Manhattan

4

Monroe

2

Montgomery

1

Nassau

5

Niagara

1

Orange

1

Queens

7

Steuben

1

Suffolk

3

Ulster

1

Westchester

1

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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