February 26, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop to Lowest Level since December 12

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Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop to Lowest Level since December 12
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5,626 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

Statewide Daily Positivity Rate is 2.82% - Lowest Since November 21

Statewide 7-Day Positivity Rate is 3.22% - Lowest Since November 26

1,132 Patients in the ICU; 771 Intubated

95 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State dropped to 5,626, the lowest since December 12. The single-day positivity rate dropped to 2.82 percent, the lowest since November 21, and the 7-day average positivity rate dropped to 3.22 percent, the lowest since November 26.

"Defeating COVID-19 is front and center in New York State, and declining positivity rates and hospitalizations are aiding our efforts to vaccinate more New Yorkers, reopen the economy and get to the light at the end of the tunnel," Governor Cuomo said. "New Yorkers' resilience and willingness to follow the rules got us through the Spring and the holiday surge, and it is getting us through the winter. We're vaccinating New Yorkers at a fast clip and expanding our network of distribution sites as fast as we can, but we're going to need more vaccines to address a large enough portion of the population to defeat this pandemic once and for all. I'm confident that we will get there, but in the meantime New Yorkers need to continue social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands. We wear masks not just to protect ourselves, but to protect each other, and that spirit will get us through the coming months as we work to beat the COVID beast."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 291,189
  • Total Positive - 8,204
  • Percent Positive - 2.82%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.22%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 5,626 (-77)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -529
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 697
  • Hospital Counties - 53
  • Number ICU - 1,132 (+8)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 771 (-3)
  • Total Discharges - 144,991 (+669)
  • Deaths - 95
  • Total Deaths - 38,321

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

156

0.01%

34%

Central New York

70

0.01%

33%

Finger Lakes

214

0.02%

41%

Long Island

944

0.03%

34%

Mid-Hudson

577

0.02%

44%

Mohawk Valley

93

0.02%

37%

New York City

3,193

0.04%

31%

North Country

64

0.02%

57%

Southern Tier

114

0.02%

47%

Western New York

201

0.01%

38%

Statewide

5,626

0.03%

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

249

201

22%

Central New York

262

174

34%

Finger Lakes

397

269

36%

Long Island

865

690

22%

Mid-Hudson

679

401

42%

Mohawk Valley

127

86

31%

New York City

2,633

2,035

22%

North Country

59

37

44%

Southern Tier

126

68

44%

Western New York

545

318

39%

Statewide

5,942

4,279

28%

Each region's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Capital Region

2.02%

1.95%

1.86%

Central New York

1.08%

1.05%

1.03%

Finger Lakes

2.22%

2.11%

2.00%

Long Island

4.10%

4.17%

4.08%

Mid-Hudson

4.18%

4.21%

4.10%

Mohawk Valley

1.92%

1.95%

1.82%

New York City

4.35%

4.37%

4.20%

North Country

3.39%

3.18%

2.81%

Southern Tier

0.71%

0.74%

0.74%

Western New York

2.31%

2.03%

1.93%

Statewide

3.36%

3.34%

3.22%

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

BOROUGH

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Bronx

5.62%

5.96%

5.78%

Brooklyn

4.72%

4.77%

4.72%

Manhattan

2.80%

2.92%

2.88%

Queens

4.85%

4.99%

4.80%

Staten Island

4.62%

4.74%

4.62%

Of the 1,614,724 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

20,683

63

Allegany

2,878

9

Broome

14,637

116

Cattaraugus

4,363

12

Cayuga

5,345

12

Chautauqua

7,268

11

Chemung

6,420

12

Chenango

2,410

13

Clinton

3,530

23

Columbia

3,368

8

Cortland

3,140

28

Delaware

1,486

8

Dutchess

22,088

120

Erie

64,689

275

Essex

1,332

4

Franklin

2,027

19

Fulton

3,289

17

Genesee

4,378

6

Greene

2,622

13

Hamilton

281

2

Herkimer

4,539

5

Jefferson

4,743

19

Lewis

2,050

4

Livingston

3,515

31

Madison

3,817

11

Monroe

52,245

123

Montgomery

3,149

12

Nassau

146,727

742

Niagara

15,194

38

NYC

703,170

4,419

Oneida

19,629

46

Onondaga

32,224

73

Ontario

5,750

19

Orange

36,556

222

Orleans

2,439

6

Oswego

5,969

13

Otsego

2,311

4

Putnam

8,271

27

Rensselaer

8,935

33

Rockland

38,265

127

Saratoga

11,844

48

Schenectady

10,765

25

Schoharie

1,187

4

Schuyler

859

2

Seneca

1,589

15

St. Lawrence

5,439

56

Steuben

5,478

15

Suffolk

160,967

675

Sullivan

4,715

26

Tioga

2,788

9

Tompkins

3,435

8

Ulster

9,940

42

Warren

2,819

12

Washington

2,320

25

Wayne

4,433

8

Westchester

106,611

482

Wyoming

2,792

7

Yates

1,011

0

Yesterday, 95 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 38,321. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

3

Bronx

13

Broome

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

2

Fulton

1

Kings

12

Livingston

1

Madison

1

Manhattan

15

Monroe

2

Montgomery

1

Nassau

6

Onondaga

4

Orange

2

Orleans

1

Queens

13

Richmond

1

St. Lawrence

2

Suffolk

7

Westchester

6

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