May 23, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since August 29, 2020

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Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Single-Day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since August 29, 2020
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Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 0.77%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 0.92%—Lowest Since September 23; 48 Straight Days of Decline

Hospitalizations Drop to 1,335—Lowest Since November 5

ICU Patients Drop to 315—Lowest Since November 11

Intubations Drop to 194—Lowest Since November 17

12 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.77 percent yesterday, the lowest since August 29, 2020.

"New Yorkers are fighting COVID-19 on all fronts across this great state, and as more people get vaccinated, our numbers continue to come down," Governor Cuomo said. "New Yorkers are ready for the new normal, and we've relaxed many restrictions that were put into place to protect the public health and adopted new CDC guidelines. Continuing to successfully get more New Yorkers vaccinated is going to make or break the state's COVID-19 response, and we need everyone who has not yet taken the shot to make an appointment or simply walk into a site today."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 138,927
  • Total Positive - 1,073
  • Percent Positive - 0.77%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 0.92%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,335 (-26)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -248
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 174
  • Number ICU - 315 (-11)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 194 (-4)
  • Total Discharges - 181,091 (179)
  • Deaths - 12
  • Total Deaths - 42,594

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

51

0.00%

59%

Central New York

49

0.01%

62%

Finger Lakes

170

0.01%

65%

Long Island

179

0.01%

65%

Mid-Hudson

117

0.01%

70%

Mohawk Valley

33

0.01%

66%

New York City

536

0.01%

63%

North Country

17

0.00%

75%

Southern Tier

44

0.01%

73%

Western New York

139

0.01%

63%

Statewide

1335

0.01%

65%

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

16%

Central New York

225

183

19%

Finger Lakes

397

237

40%

Long Island

844

558

34%

Mid-Hudson

645

367

43%

Mohawk Valley

97

77

21%

New York City

2,482

1826

26%

North Country

55

27

51%

Southern Tier

115

63

45%

Western New York

545

338

38%

Statewide

5,637

3870

31%

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

1.13%

1.10%

1.08%

Central New York

1.51%

1.54%

1.55%

Finger Lakes

2.46%

2.44%

2.38%

Long Island

0.84%

0.79%

0.76%

Mid-Hudson

0.89%

0.84%

0.84%

Mohawk Valley

1.00%

0.99%

0.91%

New York City

0.78%

0.75%

0.71%

North Country

1.72%

1.46%

1.47%

Southern Tier

0.63%

0.63%

0.62%

Western New York

1.65%

1.59%

1.53%

Statewide

0.99%

0.95%

0.92%

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

0.79%

0.77%

0.73%

Brooklyn

0.88%

0.85%

0.85%

Manhattan

0.49%

0.47%

0.44%

Queens

0.85%

0.80%

0.75%

Staten Island

1.03%

0.93%

0.84%

Of the 2,078,417 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

24,549

18

Allegany

3,503

5

Broome

18,482

19

Cattaraugus

5,668

0

Cayuga

6,275

7

Chautauqua

8,865

4

Chemung

7,633

8

Chenango

3,455

4

Clinton

4,821

3

Columbia

4,037

0

Cortland

3,831

7

Delaware

2,345

1

Dutchess

29,320

19

Erie

88,925

40

Essex

1,586

0

Franklin

2,530

2

Fulton

4,371

1

Genesee

5,404

3

Greene

3,383

1

Hamilton

313

0

Herkimer

5,141

2

Jefferson

6,027

12

Lewis

2,760

2

Livingston

4,462

4

Madison

4,513

7

Monroe

67,781

109

Montgomery

4,231

3

Nassau

182,859

49

Niagara

19,881

25

NYC

931,380

439

Oneida

22,376

9

Onondaga

38,418

38

Ontario

7,360

5

Orange

48,033

18

Orleans

3,090

4

Oswego

7,530

12

Otsego

3,422

3

Putnam

10,560

2

Rensselaer

11,164

3

Rockland

46,777

9

Saratoga

15,226

13

Schenectady

13,085

5

Schoharie

1,680

0

Schuyler

1,045

3

Seneca

1,994

0

St. Lawrence

6,577

6

Steuben

6,857

9

Suffolk

200,058

67

Sullivan

6,600

8

Tioga

3,757

0

Tompkins

4,299

5

Ulster

13,838

13

Warren

3,614

2

Washington

3,115

3

Wayne

5,723

5

Westchester

129,161

30

Wyoming

3,555

7

Yates

1,172

0

Yesterday, 12 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 42,594. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

1

Broome

2

Erie

1

Kings

4

Manhattan

2

Queens

1

Schenectady

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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