December 17, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

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129,464 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

60 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Over the Last Two Days

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.

"The winter surge in COVID-19 cases is a reminder that the pandemic is not over yet and we must take extra care to keep ourselves and each other safe," Governor Hochul said. "The vaccine is still our best weapon to defeat the virus and ensure we are safe from serious illness. Get the shot if you haven't yet and the booster if you have, mask up, and wash your hands." 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 263,536
  • Total Positive - 21,027
  • Percent Positive - 7.98%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.73%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 3,839 (+74)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 561
  • Patients in ICU - 731 (-31)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 435 (+2)
  • Total Discharges - 222,307 (+476)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 60
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 47,432

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only. 

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 60,253

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings. 

  • Total vaccine doses administered - 32,101,073
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 129,464
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 1,054,522
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 87.8% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 79.8% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 93.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 82.2% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 76.4% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 68.8% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 81.6% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 70.7%

Each region's 7-day average of cases per 100K population is as follows

Region

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Capital Region

59.16

58.08

58.15

Central New York

65.10

65.10

64.62

Finger Lakes

60.26

56.25

55.35

Long Island

70.79

77.86

87.01

Mid-Hudson

49.28

52.92

58.04

Mohawk Valley

73.15

74.21

75.56

New York City

46.84

53.75

65.95

North Country

64.00

61.51

62.30

Southern Tier

89.64

96.54

102.54

Western New York

63.52

62.21

59.73

Statewide

56.43

60.66

67.84

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

Region 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Capital Region

6.65%

6.34%

6.59%

Central New York

7.94%

7.58%

7.55%

Finger Lakes

8.52%

8.18%

8.18%

Long Island

7.12%

7.53%

8.19%

Mid-Hudson

4.65%

5.02%

5.48%

Mohawk Valley

7.85%

7.85%

8.00%

New York City

3.16%

3.56%

4.39%

North Country

7.67%

7.23%

8.04%

Southern Tier

6.56%

6.70%

6.97%

Western New York

9.23%

9.29%

9.24%

Statewide

4.83%

5.11%

5.73%

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

Borough in NYC 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Bronx

2.91%

3.15%

3.83%

Kings

2.99%

3.41%

4.25%

New York

2.80%

3.45%

4.49%

Queens

3.54%

3.81%

4.53%

Richmond

4.62%

4.70%

5.26%

Yesterday, 21,027 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total compiled by HERDS to 2,895,808. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  

Total Positive  

New Positive  

Total Omicron Cases Confirmed Statewide: 178*

Albany

37,161

202

-

Allegany

6,654

36

-

Broome

30,867

250

1

Cattaraugus

10,974

49

-

Cayuga

10,613

34

-

Chautauqua

16,649

72

-

Chemung

14,066

56

-

Chenango

6,250

60

-

Clinton

8,969

52

-

Columbia

6,356

55

-

Cortland

6,641

37

-

Delaware

5,063

34

-

Dutchess

40,565

225

-

Erie

135,926

584

-

Essex

3,346

37

-

Franklin

6,070

37

-

Fulton

8,591

44

-

Genesee

9,567

33

-

Greene

5,428

44

-

Hamilton

565

-

-

Herkimer

9,321

67

-

Jefferson

12,573

72

-

Lewis

4,586

21

-

Livingston

7,976

36

-

Madison

8,280

51

-

Monroe

105,602

471

-

Montgomery

7,885

51

-

Nassau

242,013

1,940

6

Niagara

31,724

195

-

NYC

1,197,197

10,286

32

Oneida

36,239

236

4

Onondaga

64,567

340

1

Ontario

13,037

78

-

Orange

66,411

346

-

Orleans

6,155

40

-

Oswego

15,862

120

-

Otsego

6,158

45

-

Putnam

14,119

119

-

Rensselaer

19,222

120

-

Rockland

57,706

219

-

Saratoga

27,568

169

-

Schenectady

20,914

100

-

Schoharie

3,140

28

-

Schuyler

2,213

21

-

Seneca

3,661

21

-

St. Lawrence

14,361

114

-

Steuben

13,914

76

-

Suffolk

274,373

1,977

15

Sullivan

10,617

67

-

Tioga

7,098

50

-

Tompkins

9,550

316

117

Ulster

20,531

96

-

Warren

8,223

54

-

Washington

7,641

57

-

Wayne

11,530

59

-

Westchester

155,409

983

2

Wyoming

5,875

31

-

Yates

2,236

14

-

Unknown

-

-

-

Over the last two days, 60 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,432. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:      

Deaths by County of Residence 

County 

New Deaths 

Albany

2

Allegany

2

Bronx

4

Cattaraugus

3

Cayuga

2

Chautauqua

3

Chemung

1

Erie

5

Fulton

1

Hamilton

1

Kings

1

Livingston

1

Manhattan

2

Monroe

5

Nassau

1

Oneida

3

Onondaga

2

Ontario

3

Orleans

1

Putnam

1

Rockland

1

Saratoga

2

Schenectady

1

St. Lawrence

2

Suffolk

4

Ulster

1

Warren

1

Wayne

1

Westchester

2

Yates

1

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers aged 12 years and older for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis, with 10 sites open to eligible New Yorkers aged 5 and older. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccine appointments for 5-11-year-old children are encouraged to contact their child's pediatrician, family physician, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine for this age group. Parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Make sure that the provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group.

Visit our new website for parents and guardians for new information, frequently asked questions and answers, and resources specifically designed for parents and guardians of this age group. 

Yesterday, 19,339 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 13,089 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows: 

 

People with at least one vaccine dose

People with complete vaccine series

Region

Cumulative
Total

Increase over past 24 hours

Cumulative
Total

Increase over past 24 hours

Capital Region

926,041

1,466

849,030

551

Central New York

623,091

423

575,662

442

Finger Lakes

828,041

659

764,128

700

Long Island

2,050,575

1,746

1,822,570

1,360

Mid-Hudson

1,601,785

1,271

1,404,943

1,172

Mohawk Valley

313,659

267

289,867

213

New York City

7,416,391

12,994

6,567,205

7,121

North Country

291,452

287

262,355

259

Southern Tier

421,503

189

386,159

291

Western New York

910,909

37

832,628

980

Statewide

15,383,447

19,339

13,754,547

13,089

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state's vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally-reported data, which is inclusive of federally-administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above. 

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

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

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