May 2, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Single-day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops Below 1.5 Percent for First Time Since October 28

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Governor Cuomo Announces Single-day COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops Below 1.5 Percent for First Time Since October 28
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Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 1.49%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.84%—Lowest Since November 6

Hospitalizations Drop to 2,535—Lowest Since November 20; Down 33 Percent Over the Last Two Weeks

ICU Patients Drop to 637—Lowest Since November 26

Intubations Drop to 406—Lowest Since December 3

33 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49 percent yesterday, dropping below 1.5 percent for the first time since October 28.

"Every single day, New York State is moving forward in the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate. More New Yorkers are getting vaccinated and hospitalizations are declining, which is good news, but we need New Yorkers to stay vigilant to make sure we don't lose any of the progress we've made," Governor Cuomo said. "Washing hands, wearing masks and staying socially distanced are critical behaviors each of us can practice, individually and in our communities, to slow the spread. In the meantime, New York is continuing to make the vaccine more accessible and open more pop-up sites. Spring is here and we're making progress, but there's a way to go before we reach the light at the end of the tunnel."

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 191,257
  • Total Positive - 2,849
  • Percent Positive - 1.49%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 1.84%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,535 (-194)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -663
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 261
  • Number ICU - 637 (-21)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 406 (-11)
  • Total Discharges - 176,264 (+388)
  • Deaths - 33
  • Total Deaths - 42,051

 

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

80

0.01%

30%

Central New York

56

0.01%

32%

Finger Lakes

201

0.02%

39%

Long Island

351

0.01%

35%

Mid-Hudson

268

0.01%

45%

Mohawk Valley

31

0.01%

38%

New York City

1205

0.01%

33%

North Country

21

0.01%

57%

Southern Tier

75

0.01%

50%

Western New York

247

0.02%

32%

Statewide

2535

0.01%

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

234

197

16%

Central New York

233

167

28%

Finger Lakes

397

224

44%

Long Island

849

629

26%

Mid-Hudson

669

407

39%

Mohawk Valley

97

77

21%

New York City

2,548

1884

26%

North Country

57

26

54%

Southern Tier

115

64

44%

Western New York

545

357

34%

Statewide

5,744

4032

30%

 

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

1.50%

1.55%

1.55%

Central New York

1.48%

1.50%

1.51%

Finger Lakes

2.81%

2.91%

2.81%

Long Island

2.05%

1.97%

1.88%

Mid-Hudson

2.06%

1.95%

1.88%

Mohawk Valley

1.49%

1.52%

1.45%

New York City

1.89%

1.83%

1.78%

North Country

1.87%

2.10%

1.98%

Southern Tier

0.74%

0.71%

0.70%

Western New York

3.49%

3.44%

3.38%

Statewide

1.93%

1.89%

1.84%

 

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

1.88%

1.78%

1.74%

Brooklyn

2.28%

2.23%

2.16%

Manhattan

1.09%

1.10%

1.07%

Queens

2.02%

1.94%

1.88%

Staten Island

2.28%

2.21%

2.10%

 

Of the 2,039,068 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

24,180

21

Allegany

3,309

10

Broome

17,997

22

Cattaraugus

5,411

12

Cayuga

6,062

13

Chautauqua

8,641

6

Chemung

7,385

24

Chenango

3,298

10

Clinton

4,701

8

Columbia

3,898

4

Cortland

3,636

12

Delaware

2,271

5

Dutchess

28,744

46

Erie

86,606

167

Essex

1,545

8

Franklin

2,488

5

Fulton

4,219

4

Genesee

5,228

7

Greene

3,266

11

Hamilton

303

0

Herkimer

5,003

9

Jefferson

5,676

8

Lewis

2,561

4

Livingston

4,199

10

Madison

4,396

11

Monroe

64,206

207

Montgomery

4,092

13

Nassau

180,730

125

Niagara

19,190

52

NYC

916,196

1,304

Oneida

21,915

23

Onondaga

37,316

84

Ontario

7,154

25

Orange

47,317

53

Orleans

2,941

9

Oswego

7,237

16

Otsego

3,320

8

Putnam

10,433

6

Rensselaer

10,942

14

Rockland

46,347

28

Saratoga

14,806

17

Schenectady

12,743

26

Schoharie

1,614

5

Schuyler

1,019

2

Seneca

1,938

4

St. Lawrence

6,370

7

Steuben

6,564

12

Suffolk

197,546

190

Sullivan

6,415

15

Tioga

3,589

11

Tompkins

4,158

7

Ulster

13,537

20

Warren

3,488

0

Washington

2,981

8

Wayne

5,471

14

Westchester

127,913

96

Wyoming

3,415

10

Yates

1,142

1

 

Yesterday, 33 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 42,051. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

4

Erie

2

Kings

6

Manhattan

4

Onondaga

1

Orange

1

Queens

8

Richmond

2

Rockland

1

Suffolk

3

Westchester

1

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