December 20, 2021
Albany, NY

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

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75,522 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours    

60 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

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 we must stay vigilant in our fight against the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “Make sure you are using all the tools that we know work in reducing the risk of transmission and serious illness: get vaccinated if you haven’t yet and get the booster if you have, mask up indoors and exercise caution when in large gatherings. Let’s make sure our loved ones and the most vulnerable among us this holiday season are there with us for the next and many more to come.” 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 258,612
  • Total Positive - 23,391
  • Percent Positive - 9.04%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 7.40%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,020 (+140)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 513
  • Patients in ICU - 769 (+8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 451 (+3)
  • Total Discharges - 223,654 (+336)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 60
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 47,613

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 - 60,500

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 - 32,448,118
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 75,522
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 1,086,412
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 88.0% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.1% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 94.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 82.4% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 76.7% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.0% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 82.2% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 71.0%

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

Region

Friday, December 17, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Capital Region

59.25

59.87

62.37

Central New York

67.44

68.16

68.33

Finger Lakes

57.62

56.81

56.51

Long Island

93.69

102.76

112.50

Mid-Hudson

63.30

68.83

75.01

Mohawk Valley

76.30

77.04

75.30

New York City

79.12

92.92

112.35

North Country

59.40

57.08

56.33

Southern Tier

103.99

110.44

110.42

Western New York

58.00

56.22

55.63

Statewide

75.29

83.26

93.78

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

Region 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Capital Region

6.67%

6.93%

7.05%

Central New York

8.20%

8.20%

8.26%

Finger Lakes

8.26%

8.31%

8.18%

Long Island

8.73%

9.32%

9.84%

Mid-Hudson

5.76%

6.08%

6.42%

Mohawk Valley

8.20%

8.71%

8.62%

New York City

5.23%

6.04%

6.82%

North Country

7.61%

7.57%

7.48%

Southern Tier

6.76%

7.26%

7.27%

Western New York

9.05%

9.09%

9.06%

Statewide

6.29%

6.88%

7.40%

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 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Bronx

4.73%

5.53%

6.34%

Kings

5.12%

6.00%

6.80%

New York

5.45%

6.36%

7.10%

Queens

5.24%

5.99%

6.74%

Richmond

5.71%

5.98%

6.64%

Yesterday, 23,391 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,963,585. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  

Total Positive  

New Positive  

Albany

37,701

135

Allegany

6,741

24

Broome

31,380

107

Cattaraugus

11,107

31

Cayuga

10,748

28

Chautauqua

16,843

40

Chemung

14,256

29

Chenango

6,362

28

Clinton

9,152

43

Columbia

6,441

23

Cortland

6,740

21

Delaware

5,147

16

Dutchess

41,216

161

Erie

137,207

412

Essex

3,410

15

Franklin

6,137

14

Fulton

8,681

9

Genesee

9,687

27

Greene

5,561

13

Hamilton

576

1

Herkimer

9,447

29

Jefferson

12,665

36

Lewis

4,617

9

Livingston

8,092

28

Madison

8,415

28

Monroe

106,765

306

Montgomery

7,964

19

Nassau

247,739

1,947

Niagara

32,081

103

NYC

1,236,435

15,245

Oneida

36,719

129

Onondaga

65,494

236

Ontario

13,247

44

Orange

67,470

308

Orleans

6,223

22

Oswego

16,106

67

Otsego

6,259

17

Putnam

14,430

110

Rensselaer

19,516

78

Rockland

58,489

206

Saratoga

28,047

132

Schenectady

21,142

64

Schoharie

3,210

11

Schuyler

2,270

6

Seneca

3,731

13

St. Lawrence

14,543

24

Steuben

14,085

33

Suffolk

279,804

1,696

Sullivan

10,803

51

Tioga

7,205

19

Tompkins

10,343

22

Ulster

20,798

76

Warren

8,381

41

Washington

7,780

45

Wayne

11,709

43

Westchester

158,253

957

Wyoming

5,945

9

Yates

2,270

5

Given the rate of spread of Omicron, it is more meaningful to now report the percentage of Omicron variants as reported to the public COVID-19 sequence databases, than continue to report counts of individual cases. This percentage can then be related to the total positive COVID case count in the state. This process is consistent with how the New York State Department of Health has reported on all other variants online: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-variant-data

Data this morning in the GISAID database, the largest repository of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in the world, show the Omicron variant comprised 11% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/5/21 and 12/18/21.

It should be noted that similar data reported from the CDC, which is expected to be updated this week, also uses a statistical model to project the variant percentages for a more recent timeframe. Because of this projection approach, it is anticipated that CDC will report a substantially higher percentage for the Omicron variant this week.

Yesterday, 60 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,613. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

Deaths by County of Residence 

County 

New Deaths 

Albany

3

Allegany

1

Bronx

1

Broome

2

Cattaraugus

1

Chemung

1

Delaware

1

Dutchess

3

Erie

4

Franklin

1

Kings

6

Manhattan

1

Monroe

5

Nassau

1

Niagara

2

Oneida

2

Onondaga

2

Ontario

1

Orange

3

Queens

3

Rockland

2

Seneca

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

7

Sullivan

1

Tompkins

2

Westchester

2

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, 11,845 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 29,441 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

930,039

409

849,168

362

Central New York

624,612

262

576,813

265

Finger Lakes

829,975

312

766,191

333

Long Island

2,057,919

1,743

1,827,518

1,228

Mid-Hudson

1,608,775

1,447

1,410,884

1,290

Mohawk Valley

314,231

106

290,338

116

New York City

7,459,619

6,732

6,609,121

25,188

North Country

292,031

63

262,794

81

Southern Tier

422,591

241

386,836

121

Western New York

913,717

530

834,806

457

Statewide

15,453,509

11,845

13,814,469

29,441

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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