March 17, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic
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Five Remaining Yellow Zone Clusters Will Be Lifted March 22

Indoor Fitness Classes Can Begin Reopening Statewide on March 22

11 PM Curfew Lifted for Casinos, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Billiard Halls, Gyms and Fitness Centers Beginning April 5

4,624 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

954 Patients in the ICU; 601 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.41%

54 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Effective March 22, the final 5 remaining yellow zone clusters in New York State will be lifted. Those clusters are in the East Bronx, West Bronx, Manhattan, Newburgh, New Windsor and Kew Gardens/Forest Hills in Queens. Any specific restrictions in those locations will be lifted and alignedwith statewide guidance.

On March 22, indoor fitness classes can begin reopening statewide at 33 percent capacity with health screening and contact information required at sign-in. Classes should be scheduled to allow additional time for cleaning and disinfection between sessions. Local health departments shall inspect before or within 2 weeks of the fitness center opening to ensure compliance.

Beginning April 5, the 11 p.m. curfew currently in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted. The 11 p.m. curfew for food and beverage establishments and the 12 a.m. curfew for catered events will remain in effect. Both curfews will be evaluated in late-April.

"New York is moving forward with reopening our economy and looking forward to a post-COVID world," Governor Cuomo said. "We know the vaccine is the weapon that defeats this invisible enemy and we are getting more shots in arms than ever before. As we re-open and an increasing number of New Yorkers receive their vaccines, it is more important than ever to continue the practices we know stop the spread of COVID-19. I encourage New Yorkers to continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands. We are reaching the light at the end of the tunnel and if we stay New York Tough, we will get there together."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 263,401
  • Total Positive - 8,976
  • Percent Positive - 3.41%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.28%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,624 (-33)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -174
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 588
  • Hospital Counties - 50
  • Number ICU - 954 (+11)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 601 (-8)
  • Total Discharges - 154,780 (+499)
  • Deaths - 54
  • Total Deaths - 39,690

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

95

0.01%

32%

Central New York

44

0.01%

32%

Finger Lakes

139

0.01%

42%

Long Island

826

0.03%

33%

Mid-Hudson

494

0.02%

44%

Mohawk Valley

64

0.01%

42%

New York City

2,708

0.03%

31%

North Country

27

0.01%

57%

Southern Tier

76

0.01%

52%

Western New York

151

0.01%

37%

Statewide

4,624

0.02%

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

239

196

17%

Central New York

262

182

35%

Finger Lakes

397

249

37%

Long Island

850

662

23%

Mid-Hudson

677

375

41%

Mohawk Valley

97

75

30%

New York City

2,585

2,031

23%

North Country

55

27

51%

Southern Tier

126

61

50%

Western New York

545

327

42%

Statewide

5,833

4,185

29%

Yesterday, 263,401 test results were reported to New York State, and 3.41 percent were positive. Each region's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Capital Region

1.75%

1.75%

1.77%

Central New York

0.82%

0.84%

0.88%

Finger Lakes

1.64%

1.66%

1.66%

Long Island

4.40%

4.53%

4.50%

Mid-Hudson

4.62%

4.65%

4.67%

Mohawk Valley

1.49%

1.46%

1.50%

New York City

4.15%

4.21%

4.18%

North Country

1.44%

1.39%

1.50%

Southern Tier

0.66%

0.62%

0.60%

Western New York

1.83%

1.88%

1.99%

Statewide

3.22%

3.24%

3.28%

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

BOROUGH

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Bronx

4.36%

4.55%

5.15%

Brooklyn

4.04%

4.31%

4.86%

Manhattan

2.62%

2.60%

2.87%

Queens

4.53%

4.73%

5.22%

Staten Island

4.53%

4.69%

5.21%

Of the 1,749,697 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

21,736

48

Allegany

2,965

3

Broome

15,938

55

Cattaraugus

4,607

18

Cayuga

5,497

4

Chautauqua

7,598

16

Chemung

6,573

5

Chenango

2,598

13

Clinton

3,936

22

Columbia

3,532

10

Cortland

3,315

6

Delaware

1,721

11

Dutchess

24,156

117

Erie

68,964

218

Essex

1,400

1

Franklin

2,225

3

Fulton

3,556

9

Genesee

4,597

4

Greene

2,796

10

Hamilton

290

0

Herkimer

4,666

11

Jefferson

5,050

8

Lewis

2,167

11

Livingston

3,685

11

Madison

3,956

7

Monroe

54,469

92

Montgomery

3,350

7

Nassau

158,769

784

Niagara

15,872

18

NYC

775,990

5,389

Oneida

20,306

44

Onondaga

33,312

63

Ontario

6,054

9

Orange

40,030

235

Orleans

2,515

3

Oswego

6,305

34

Otsego

2,650

22

Putnam

8,891

31

Rensselaer

9,531

13

Rockland

41,359

184

Saratoga

12,611

34

Schenectady

11,295

27

Schoharie

1,312

11

Schuyler

889

4

Seneca

1,715

9

St. Lawrence

5,824

18

Steuben

5,698

13

Suffolk

172,670

720

Sullivan

5,092

37

Tioga

2,965

18

Tompkins

3,656

22

Ulster

10,893

51

Warren

3,003

12

Washington

2,493

11

Wayne

4,647

10

Westchester

113,999

422

Wyoming

2,969

6

Yates

1,039

2

Yesterday, 54 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 39,690. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Bronx

4

Chenango

1

Erie

1

Greene

1

Kings

14

Manhattan

10

Monroe

1

Nassau

6

Queens

4

Rensselaer

1

Rockland

1

Schenectady

1

Suffolk

6

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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