December 22, 2021
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Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

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144,541 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours       

57 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

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

"As we confront the winter surge, it is vital to remember we have come a long way in our fight against COVID with the best defense we have - the vaccine - readily available throughout the state," Governor Hochul said. "We are actively working to bring more tests in for New Yorkers to reduce wait times as we see more people getting tested for the holidays. Get yourself vaccinated along with the booster dose, wear a mask, stay home if you feel sick, and exercise caution when in large gatherings - we have what we need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Let's spread joy, not COVID, this holiday season."

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 271,290
  • Total Positive - 28,924
  • Percent Positive - 10.66%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 8.58%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,452 (+124)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 766
  • Patients in ICU - 828 (+29)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 475 (+5)
  • Total Discharges - 224,549 (+587)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 57
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 47,728 
    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 - 60,689 
    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 - 32,693,260
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 144,541
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 959,247
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 88.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 80.2%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 94.8%
  • 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 - 76.9% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.2%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 82.4%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.1%

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

REGION

Dec. 19

Dec. 20

WEDNESDAY

Capital Region

62.37

64.01

66.35

Central New York

68.33

69.06

70.67

Finger Lakes

56.51

56.43

57.38

Long Island

112.50

123.46

134.60

Mid-Hudson

75.01

80.56

89.63

Mohawk Valley

75.30

76.77

76.06

New York City

112.35

130.44

151.08

North Country

56.33

56.12

53.67

Southern Tier

110.42

110.06

104.12

Western New York

55.63

56.57

58.31

Statewide

93.78

104.01

115.69

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

Region

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Capital Region

7.05%

7.13%

7.50%

Central New York

8.26%

8.19%

8.33%

Finger Lakes

8.18%

8.12%

8.10%

Long Island

9.84%

10.32%

10.97%

Mid-Hudson

6.42%

6.85%

7.71%

Mohawk Valley

8.62%

8.53%

8.54%

New York City

6.82%

7.49%

8.39%

North Country

7.48%

7.39%

7.22%

Southern Tier

7.27%

7.30%

7.22%

Western New York

9.06%

8.95%

8.94%

Statewide

7.40%

7.88%

8.58%

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

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Bronx

6.34%

7.06%

8.14%

Kings

6.80%

7.55%

8.65%

New York

7.10%

7.62%

8.30%

Queens

6.74%

7.49%

8.33%

Richmond

6.64%

7.33%

8.20%

Yesterday, 28,924 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 3,014,767. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

38,114

232

Allegany

6,785

16

Broome

31,606

112

Cattaraugus

11,161

28

Cayuga

10,866

60

Chautauqua

16,967

70

Chemung

14,375

80

Chenango

6,413

31

Clinton

9,240

36

Columbia

6,530

68

Cortland

6,792

31

Delaware

5,208

36

Dutchess

41,668

293

Erie

138,305

589

Essex

3,443

24

Franklin

6,169

25

Fulton

8,741

27

Genesee

9,754

51

Greene

5,632

52

Hamilton

578

1

Herkimer

9,563

66

Jefferson

12,733

31

Lewis

4,643

20

Livingston

8,147

42

Madison

8,518

57

Monroe

107,494

486

Montgomery

8,044

40

Nassau

252,162

2,468

Niagara

32,394

170

NYC

1,267,416

17,221

Oneida

37,105

221

Onondaga

66,123

404

Ontario

13,383

73

Orange

68,224

470

Orleans

6,265

28

Oswego

16,278

113

Otsego

6,324

42

Putnam

14,667

134

Rensselaer

19,737

127

Rockland

59,161

380

Saratoga

28,394

206

Schenectady

21,305

84

Schoharie

3,242

21

Schuyler

2,292

12

Seneca

3,773

23

St. Lawrence

14,642

51

Steuben

14,178

54

Suffolk

283,612

2,138

Sullivan

10,932

80

Tioga

7,256

37

Tompkins

10,511

42

Ulster

20,989

117

Warren

8,476

62

Washington

7,856

45

Wayne

11,819

57

Westchester

160,478

1,400

Wyoming

5,994

27

Yates

2,290

13

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 55.9% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/8/21 and 12/21/21. This is another significant increase from the result announced yesterday, which covered 12/7/2021 to 12/20/2021, and is ongoing evidence of the rate of spread of this variant.

It should be noted that similar data reported from the CDC, updated this week, uses a statistical model to project the variant percentages for a more recent timeframe. This projection approach partly explains a higher percentage for the Omicron variant reported by CDC this week.

Yesterday, 57 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,728. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany 

1

Bronx 

2

Broome 

1

Cattaraugus 

2

Chemung 

1

Chenango 

1

Erie 

6

Fulton 

1

Herkimer 

1

Kings 

4

Madison 

1

Manhattan 

4

Monroe 

2

Montgomery 

1

Nassau 

2

Niagara 

2

Oneida 

1

Onondaga 

4

Orleans 

1

Oswego 

1

Queens 

2

Rensselaer 

2

Rockland 

2

Schenectady 

1

Seneca 

1

Steuben 

1

Suffolk 

2

Tompkins 

1

Ulster 

2

Washington 

1

Wayne 

2

Westchester 

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 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, 29,358 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 15,981completed 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

932,079

902

850,488

690

Central New York

625,557

475

577,913

623

Finger Lakes

831,591

873

767,489

760

Long Island

2,065,183

3,406

1,831,329

1,959

Mid-Hudson

1,614,732

2,478

1,414,467

1,894

Mohawk Valley

314,733

264

290,934

336

New York City

7,488,928

19,018

6,621,516

7,791

North Country

292,550

198

263,523

339

Southern Tier

423,485

487

387,335

286

Western New York

916,064

1,257

836,881

1,303

Statewide

15,504,902

29,358

13,841,875

15,981

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. 

As of 12/21

Hospital

Nursing Home

ACF

LHCSA

Hospice

CHHA

Total

Total employee terminations due to being unvaccinated

5,643

1.09%

2,357

1.56%

327

1.06%

7,734

2.65%

86

1.40%

122

0.88%

16,269

1.61%

Total employee resignations and retirements due to being unvaccinated

2,297

0.44%

49

0.03%

18

0.06%

2,575

0.88%

77

1.25%

119

0.85%

5,135

0.51%

Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated and unwilling to get vaccinated

1,472

0.29%

765

0.51%

83

0.27%

8,020

2.75%

10

0.16%

104

0.75%

10,454

1.03%

Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated BUT now awaiting first dose

53

0.01%

1,502

0.99%

490

1.58%

3,274

1.12%

11

0.18%

4

0.03%

5,334

0.53%

Total INACTIVE employees from categories above

9,465

 

4,673

 

918

 

21,603

 

184

 

349

 

37,192

 

Total ACTIVE employees reported 12/12/21

506,768

 

146,552

 

30,030

 

270,561

 

5,959

 

13,581

 

973,451

 

Grand Total

516,233

 

151,225

 

30,948

 

292,164

 

6,143

 

13,930

 

1,010,643

 

Percentages are estimates. They are based on self-reported data for 12/14/21. The denominators are active employees reported for 12/14/21 plus the inactive categories above; they do not include workforce fluctuations that may have occurred in addition to these categories 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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