May 20, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops below 1 Percent to Lowest Level since September 11

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Governor Cuomo Announces Statewide COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops below 1 Percent to Lowest Level since September 11
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Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 0.85%

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.02%—Lowest Since September 26; 45 Straight Days of Decline

Hospitalizations Drop to 1,490—Lowest Since November 8

7-Day Average Hospitalizations Drop to 1,602—Lowest Since November 12; 49 Straight Days of Decline

ICU Patients Drop to 339—Lowest Since November 12

Intubations Drop to 208—Lowest Since November 19

18 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 0.85 percent, the lowest since September 11. 

"New York State is open--we relaxed all the rules, including the CDC guidance, and life is resuming," Governor Cuomo said. "If you look at where we are today, the numbers are really promising — our overall positivity rate is a fraction of what it is nationwide and more than half of New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated. But COVID is still not over and what we do today determines what will happen tomorrow, so I encourage New Yorkers to continue practicing all necessary safety precautions and most importantly, get vaccinated if you haven't done so already."

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 186,078
  • Total Positive - 1,583
  • Percent Positive - 0.85%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 1.02%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,490 (-31)
  • 7-Day Average Patient Hospitalization - 1,602
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -362
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 205
  • Number ICU - 339 (-23)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 208 (-1)
  • Total Discharges - 180,509 (+209)
  • Deaths - 18
  • Total Deaths - 42,542

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

64

0.01%

29%

Central New York

40

0.01%

33%

Finger Lakes

193

0.02%

40%

Long Island

224

0.01%

39%

Mid-Hudson

124

0.01%

48%

Mohawk Valley

28

0.01%

41%

New York City

604

0.01%

36%

North Country

15

0.00%

58%

Southern Tier

51

0.01%

52%

Western New York

147

0.01%

36%

Statewide

1490

0.01%

38%

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

241

206

15%

Central New York

233

188

19%

Finger Lakes

397

229

42%

Long Island

847

608

28%

Mid-Hudson

646

383

41%

Mohawk Valley

97

75

23%

New York City

2,483

1822

27%

North Country

61

40

34%

Southern Tier

115

65

43%

Western New York

543

344

37%

Statewide

5,663

3960

30%

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

REGION

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Capital Region

1.26%

1.16%

1.13%

Central New York

1.38%

1.43%

1.49%

Finger Lakes

2.58%

2.55%

2.52%

Long Island

0.94%

0.91%

0.89%

Mid-Hudson

0.93%

0.93%

0.91%

Mohawk Valley

1.07%

1.00%

0.99%

New York City

0.88%

0.86%

0.81%

North Country

1.92%

1.98%

1.75%

Southern Tier

0.62%

0.64%

0.61%

Western New York

1.74%

1.71%

1.66%

Statewide

1.07%

1.06%

1.02%

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

BOROUGH

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Bronx

0.92%

0.86%

0.84%

Brooklyn

0.96%

0.98%

0.88%

Manhattan

0.56%

0.52%

0.52%

Queens

0.98%

0.94%

0.88%

Staten Island

1.13%

1.20%

1.14%

Of the 2,074,457 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

24,493

13

Allegany

3,479

15

Broome

18,429

23

Cattaraugus

5,653

10

Cayuga

6,255

9

Chautauqua

8,839

5

Chemung

7,600

13

Chenango

3,437

5

Clinton

4,815

0

Columbia

4,031

5

Cortland

3,807

12

Delaware

2,334

2

Dutchess

29,275

26

Erie

88,726

88

Essex

1,581

0

Franklin

2,519

1

Fulton

4,360

7

Genesee

5,385

7

Greene

3,378

1

Hamilton

313

1

Herkimer

5,127

6

Jefferson

6,000

16

Lewis

2,747

11

Livingston

4,432

13

Madison

4,497

3

Monroe

67,409

179

Montgomery

4,221

4

Nassau

182,656

91

Niagara

19,802

36

NYC

929,873

570

Oneida

22,327

12

Onondaga

38,287

57

Ontario

7,338

8

Orange

47,966

25

Orleans

3,076

5

Oswego

7,484

4

Otsego

3,410

3

Putnam

10,553

5

Rensselaer

11,148

9

Rockland

46,731

16

Saratoga

15,187

22

Schenectady

13,041

12

Schoharie

1,671

1

Schuyler

1,035

0

Seneca

1,990

2

St. Lawrence

6,551

12

Steuben

6,827

13

Suffolk

199,824

85

Sullivan

6,574

10

Tioga

3,735

9

Tompkins

4,283

9

Ulster

13,813

12

Warren

3,602

3

Washington

3,104

3

Wayne

5,701

16

Westchester

129,018

51

Wyoming

3,536

7

Yates

1,172

0

Yesterday, 18 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 42,542. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

1

Columbia

1

Erie

1

Jefferson

1

Kings

2

Lewis

1

Monroe

3

Montgomery

1

Nassau

3

Niagara

1

Queens

1

Saratoga

1

Suffolk

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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