December 24, 2021
Albany, NY

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

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137,424 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours    

69 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday     

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19. Due to the holiday, HERDS data will not be disseminated on December 25 and the next COVID update release will be issued on Sunday, December 26.

"Thanks to vaccines and boosters, our fight against the pandemic is going better than last Christmas but we still must ensure we're taking the proper precautions to keep each other safe this holiday season," Governor Hochul said. "Get vaccinated, get the booster if you're already vaccinated, and make sure to mask up and wash your hands—especially if you're visiting elderly loved ones. Take care to protect your most vulnerable loved ones who join you around the dinner table this weekend, and let's make sure we're enjoying a healthy Christmas and happy holiday season." 

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 359,191
  • Total Positive - 44,431
  • Percent Positive - 12.37%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 10.18%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,744 (+210)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 916
  • Patients in ICU - 884 (+47)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 495 (+21)
  • Total Discharges - 225,798 (+618)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 69
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 47,869

    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 - 60,751

    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 - 32,979,809
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 137,424
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 878,736
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 88.5% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 80.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 95.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 82.6% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 77.2% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.3% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 82.9% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.3%

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

Region

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Capital Region

66.35

70.75

73.13

Central New York

70.67

73.72

76.38

Finger Lakes

57.38

59.01

59.28

Long Island

134.60

152.22

173.85

Mid-Hudson

89.63

101.50

116.99

Mohawk Valley

76.06

77.51

75.80

New York City

151.08

175.73

204.25

North Country

53.67

55.00

51.01

Southern Tier

104.12

98.87

91.26

Western New York

58.31

59.83

59.65

Statewide

115.69

130.72

147.83

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

Region 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Capital Region

7.50%

8.31%

8.61%

Central New York

8.33%

8.55%

8.77%

Finger Lakes

8.10%

8.29%

8.38%

Long Island

10.97%

12.13%

13.05%

Mid-Hudson

7.71%

8.53%

9.43%

Mohawk Valley

8.54%

8.66%

8.79%

New York City

8.39%

9.40%

10.20%

North Country

7.22%

7.54%

6.96%

Southern Tier

7.22%

7.24%

7.34%

Western New York

8.94%

8.96%

8.88%

Statewide

8.58%

9.46%

10.18%

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 21, 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Bronx

8.14%

9.58%

10.73%

Kings

8.65%

9.54%

10.15%

New York

8.30%

9.08%

9.70%

Queens

8.33%

9.57%

10.69%

Richmond

8.20%

9.36%

10.24%

Yesterday, 44,431 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total compiled by HERDS to 3,098,033. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  

Total Positive  

New Positive  

Albany

38,669

278

Allegany

6,839

16

Broome

31,990

154

Cattaraugus

11,249

43

Cayuga

10,987

52

Chautauqua

17,125

72

Chemung

14,524

63

Chenango

6,493

46

Clinton

9,400

67

Columbia

6,606

43

Cortland

6,913

59

Delaware

5,297

46

Dutchess

42,431

392

Erie

139,793

665

Essex

3,493

23

Franklin

6,235

27

Fulton

8,817

36

Genesee

9,855

37

Greene

5,766

72

Hamilton

584

1

Herkimer

9,705

56

Jefferson

12,825

49

Lewis

4,668

5

Livingston

8,247

49

Madison

8,672

63

Monroe

108,554

511

Montgomery

8,124

44

Nassau

260,301

4,457

Niagara

32,689

123

NYC

1,317,277

27,053

Oneida

37,560

202

Onondaga

67,046

431

Ontario

13,540

77

Orange

69,512

716

Orleans

6,307

20

Oswego

16,491

121

Otsego

6,408

49

Putnam

15,020

209

Rensselaer

20,014

134

Rockland

60,364

641

Saratoga

28,897

218

Schenectady

21,520

109

Schoharie

3,295

26

Schuyler

2,319

11

Seneca

3,804

18

St. Lawrence

14,761

44

Steuben

14,295

62

Suffolk

290,639

3,759

Sullivan

11,176

128

Tioga

7,335

26

Tompkins

10,812

118

Ulster

21,275

125

Warren

8,617

67

Washington

7,978

61

Wayne

11,940

52

Westchester

164,596

2,363

Wyoming

6,072

31

Yates

2,312

11

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 59.1% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/10/21 and 12/23/21. This slight decrease compared to the result announced yesterday, which covered 12/9/2021 to 12/22/2021, is a reflection of the minor fluctuations that can occur in the public databases, which are dependent on sequences being uploaded from numerous submitting sequencing laboratories and, in this instance, additional submitted sequences that had not been specifically pre-selected as suspected Omicron cases.

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, 69 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,869. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

Deaths by County of Residence 

County 

New Deaths 

Albany

2

Allegany

1

Bronx

2

Broome

1

Cattaraugus

1

Cayuga

1

Chenango

1

Clinton

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

4

Essex

1

Fulton

2

Genesee

1

Greene

1

Herkimer

1

Kings

5

Livingston

1

Manhattan

4

Monroe

4

Montgomery

1

Nassau

4

Niagara

2

Ontario

1

Orange

2

Queens

10

Seneca

1

Steuben

1

Suffolk

7

Sullivan

1

Westchester

4

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, 32,697 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 15,249 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

933,992

1,105

852,042

722

Central New York

626,573

569

578,853

484

Finger Lakes

833,373

896

769,091

682

Long Island

2,071,994

3,618

1,834,808

1,558

Mid-Hudson

1,621,079

3,095

1,417,872

1,504

Mohawk Valley

315,316

289

291,561

309

New York City

7,530,524

21,033

6,638,457

8,680

North Country

293,047

258

264,073

273

Southern Tier

424,286

477

387,933

255

Western New York

918,627

1,357

838,967

782

Statewide

15,568,811

32,697

13,873,657

15,249

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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