February 19, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Nursing Home Visitations to Resume in Accordance with CMS and CDC Guidelines

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Governor Cuomo Announces Nursing Home Visitations to Resume in Accordance with CMS and CDC Guidelines
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DOH Recommends Nursing Home Visitors Take a Rapid Test Before Entry; DOH Will Provide Rapid Tests to Nursing Homes at No Cost

New York City Indoor Dining Can Expand to 35 Percent Capacity on February 26; Reopening Subject to Strict State Guidance

Hospitalizations Drop to 6,155—Lowest Since December 17

7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 3.60%-42 Straight Days of Decline

6,155 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,199 Patients in the ICU; 834 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.49%

116 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Department of Health will allow visitation of residents in nursing home facilities in accordance with CMS and CDC guidelines. The Department of Health recommends that visitors take a rapid test before entry into the facility, and DOH will provide rapid tests to nursing homes at no cost. Guidance on visitations will be available beginning Monday, February 22.

The Governor also announced that New York City indoor dining can expand to 35 percent capacity next Friday, February 26. The reopening is subject to strict state guidance and aligns with New Jersey's 35 percent limit.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the FDA has allocated 4,610 doses of the therapeutic bamlanivimab to New York. Bamlanivimab was shown in trials to reduce COVID hospitalization or ER visits in high-risk patients within 28 days after treatment when compared to a placebo.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 6,155, the lowest level since December 17. The 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 42 straight days.

"New Yorkers should be commended for how they have continued to beat back this invisible enemy and as we continue that progress, we're working to reopen parts of our lives that we've had to give up because of COVID," Governor Cuomo said. "One of the most devastating aspects of this virus has been how it separated families from their loved ones, making an already difficult situation even harder to bear. Thanks to the dedication of New Yorkers, we're now at a point where we can begin to resume nursing home visitations under strict guidelines to protect the health and safety of residents. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but we are not out of the woods yet. New Yorkers have been through so much this past year and as long as we continue to follow the science and remain united, we will finally win this war."

New Yorkers should be commended for how they have continued to beat back this invisible enemy and as we continue that progress, we're working to reopen parts of our lives that we've had to give up because of COVID

Governor Cuomo

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 249,248
  • Total Positive - 8,710
  • Percent Positive - 3.49%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.60%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 6,155 (-279)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -913
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 664
  • Hospital Counties - 56
  • Number ICU - 1,199 (-59)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 834 (-29)
  • Total Discharges - 140,968 (+753)
  • Deaths - 116
  • Total Deaths - 37,675
Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response - 2/19

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

206

0.02%

33%

Central New York

106

0.01%

32%

Finger Lakes

237

0.02%

40%

Long Island

1,049

0.04%

34%

Mid-Hudson

644

0.03%

43%

Mohawk Valley

115

0.02%

36%

New York City

3,314

0.04%

31%

North Country

80

0.02%

57%

Southern Tier

143

0.02%

48%

Western New York

261

0.02%

37%

Statewide

6,155

0.03%

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

240

180

26%

Central New York

262

174

31%

Finger Lakes

397

246

37%

Long Island

862

672

22%

Mid-Hudson

678

412

38%

Mohawk Valley

127

84

28%

New York City

2,594

2,067

21%

North Country

60

35

43%

Southern Tier

126

68

43%

Western New York

545

335

39%

Statewide

5,891

4,273

27%

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

2.06%

2.16%

2.09%

Central New York

1.65%

1.61%

1.41%

Finger Lakes

2.28%

2.39%

2.33%

Long Island

4.52%

4.39%

4.36%

Mid-Hudson

4.43%

4.40%

4.43%

Mohawk Valley

1.96%

2.12%

2.11%

New York City

4.37%

4.28%

4.40%

North Country

3.73%

3.74%

3.91%

Southern Tier

0.85%

0.79%

0.78%

Western New York

3.12%

3.32%

3.01%

Statewide

3.66%

3.61%

3.60%

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

5.79%

5.85%

6.20%

Brooklyn

4.39%

4.38%

4.57%

Manhattan

2.57%

2.73%

3.01%

Queens

4.50%

4.77%

4.96%

Staten Island

4.40%

4.48%

4.57%

Of the 1,564,483 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

20,272

88

Allegany

2,823

10

Broome

14,051

84

Cattaraugus

4,250

22

Cayuga

5,228

21

Chautauqua

7,140

18

Chemung

6,345

16

Chenango

2,344

6

Clinton

3,352

55

Columbia

3,297

13

Cortland

3,060

7

Delaware

1,431

20

Dutchess

21,344

122

Erie

62,962

230

Essex

1,272

10

Franklin

1,893

36

Fulton

3,139

32

Genesee

4,257

16

Greene

2,566

11

Hamilton

275

0

Herkimer

4,489

13

Jefferson

4,562

17

Lewis

1,987

19

Livingston

3,420

18

Madison

3,740

5

Monroe

51,255

121

Montgomery

3,059

30

Nassau

142,467

729

Niagara

14,920

28

NYC

676,651

4,872

Oneida

19,324

41

Onondaga

31,793

75

Ontario

5,605

23

Orange

35,355

145

Orleans

2,387

6

Oswego

5,854

17

Otsego

2,229

13

Putnam

8,059

35

Rensselaer

8,733

43

Rockland

37,320

120

Saratoga

11,517

33

Schenectady

10,573

19

Schoharie

1,154

11

Schuyler

846

0

Seneca

1,526

8

St. Lawrence

5,146

58

Steuben

5,399

16

Suffolk

156,914

714

Sullivan

4,576

23

Tioga

2,725

20

Tompkins

3,367

17

Ulster

9,658

54

Warren

2,754

20

Washington

2,222

20

Wayne

4,353

9

Westchester

103,506

487

Wyoming

2,732

13

Yates

1,005

1

Yesterday, 116 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 37,675. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

14

Broome

3

Chenango

1

Clinton

2

Columbia

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

6

Jefferson

2

Kings

21

Livingston

1

Madison

2

Manhattan

1

Monroe

4

Montgomery

2

Nassau

8

Niagara

1

Oneida

2

Onondaga

1

Orange

5

Putnam

1

Queens

14

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

1

Rockland

2

Suffolk

13

Ulster

2

Wayne

1

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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