April 18, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since November 7

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Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since November 7
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Statewide Positivity Rate is 2.35%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Falls Below 3.00% For First Time Since November 24

3,754 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide — Lowest Since November 29

849 Patients in the ICU — Lowest Since December 4

520 Intubated — Lowest Since December 7

35 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday — Fewest Since November 22

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 2.35 percent, the lowest since November 7.

"New York is making tremendous progress in our goal to vaccinate every New Yorker while keeping the infection and hospitalization rates down, but variants of the virus remain a concern across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "It's going to take everyone working together, as individuals and in communities, to protect each other and defeat this virus once and for all. Until we get to that point, we must stay vigilant and continue with the behaviors we know slow the spread - washing your hands, staying socially distanced and wearing a mask."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 243,171
  • Total Positive - 5,704
  • Percent Positive - 2.35%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 2.92%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 3,754 (-80)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -329
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 478
  • Hospital Counties - 54
  • Number ICU - 849 (-17)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 520 (-15)
  • Total Discharges - 170,778 (+511)
  • Deaths - 35
  • Total Deaths - 41,485

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

74

0.01%

31%

Finger Lakes

199

0.02%

37%

Long Island

593

0.02%

34%

Mid-Hudson

397

0.02%

44%

Mohawk Valley

56

0.01%

39%

New York City

1865

0.02%

32%

North Country

24

0.01%

54%

Southern Tier

89

0.01%

47%

Western New York

346

0.03%

32%

Statewide

3754

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

239

201

19%

Central New York

262

189

29%

Finger Lakes

397

246

38%

Long Island

854

631

25%

Mid-Hudson

671

385

39%

Mohawk Valley

97

79

19%

New York City

2,562

1992

23%

North Country

60

37

44%

Southern Tier

126

72

46%

Western New York

545

359

34%

Statewide

5,813

4191

28%

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

REGION

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Capital Region

2.39%

2.35%

2.31%

Central New York

1.43%

1.59%

1.56%

Finger Lakes

3.09%

3.22%

3.13%

Long Island

3.46%

3.38%

3.21%

Mid-Hudson

3.62%

3.54%

3.37%

Mohawk Valley

2.00%

1.97%

1.92%

New York City

3.27%

3.21%

3.12%

North Country

1.68%

1.64%

1.59%

Southern Tier

0.81%

0.85%

0.85%

Western New York

4.93%

5.25%

4.97%

Statewide

3.04%

3.03%

2.92%

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

BOROUGH

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Bronx

3.45%

3.65%

3.16%

Brooklyn

3.83%

4.09%

3.56%

Manhattan

2.12%

2.23%

2.05%

Queens

3.79%

3.90%

3.48%

Staten Island

4.44%

4.50%

3.85%

Of the 1,984,929 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

23,679

70

Allegany

3,185

7

Broome

17,417

57

Cattaraugus

5,169

21

Cayuga

5,871

8

Chautauqua

8,419

41

Chemung

7,162

20

Chenango

3,091

14

Clinton

4,550

22

Columbia

3,832

6

Cortland

3,546

9

Delaware

2,170

14

Dutchess

27,982

80

Erie

82,588

430

Essex

1,504

8

Franklin

2,403

7

Fulton

4,081

24

Genesee

5,065

11

Greene

3,126

8

Hamilton

301

0

Herkimer

4,930

12

Jefferson

5,465

10

Lewis

2,457

4

Livingston

4,018

21

Madison

4,302

10

Monroe

61,114

233

Montgomery

3,896

15

Nassau

177,344

343

Niagara

18,314

103

NYC

892,275

2,688

Oneida

21,454

45

Onondaga

36,061

120

Ontario

6,887

29

Orange

46,133

112

Orleans

2,776

22

Oswego

6,986

14

Otsego

3,196

15

Putnam

10,217

31

Rensselaer

10,679

37

Rockland

45,700

49

Saratoga

14,418

38

Schenectady

12,420

25

Schoharie

1,552

4

Schuyler

990

2

Seneca

1,883

5

St. Lawrence

6,217

23

Steuben

6,296

24

Suffolk

193,546

395

Sullivan

6,153

27

Tioga

3,412

17

Tompkins

4,058

8

Ulster

13,039

67

Warren

3,386

12

Washington

2,857

10

Wayne

5,260

14

Westchester

125,726

239

Wyoming

3,261

22

Yates

1,110

2

Yesterday, 35 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 41,485. 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

3

Jefferson

1

Kings

10

Madison

1

Manhattan

2

Orange

1

Queens

6

Suffolk

3

Westchester

3

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

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

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