December 26, 2021
Albany, NY

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

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29,046 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

60 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide on Dec. 24

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

“As we come home from holiday gatherings, it is as important as ever to take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 this season,” Governor Hochul said. “Wear your mask, wash your hands, and if you haven’t yet, get vaccinated and boosted. The vaccine is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe as we head into the new year. Take advantage of having it readily available and get yours today.”

Today's data is summarized briefly below:   

* Numbers with an asterisk were last updated as of Dec. 24 as the HERDS system was down in observance of the holiday. 

** Vaccination numbers compiled by the CDC as of Dec. 24.

*** Due to the Holiday, today's report has data from Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, where available.

  • Test Results Reported – Dec. 24: 400,030/Dec. 25: 257,325***
  • Total Positive – Dec. 24: 49,708/Dec. 25: 36,454***
  • Percent Positive – 14.17%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 11.70% 
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,891*
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 839*
  • Patients in ICU – 880 (-4)*
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 501 (+6)*
  • Total Discharges – 226,474 (+676)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 60*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 47,929*
    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 – 33,105,549
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 29,046
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 732,953
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 88.6%
  • 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 – 77.4% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.4% 
  • 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

Dec. 23

Dec. 24

Dec. 25

Capital Region

73.13

73.88

72.5

Central New York

76.38

75.36

73.28

Finger Lakes

59.28

57.42

54.51

Long Island

173.85

201.92

216.1

Mid-Hudson

116.99

134.3

140.16

Mohawk Valley

75.8

70.47

64.44

New York City

204.25

237.31

256.7

North Country

51.01

50.23

46.44

Southern Tier

91.26

86.18

70.34

Western New York

59.65

65.41

68.37

Statewide

147.83

168.15

178.37

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

Region

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Capital Region

8.61%

9.03%

9.23%

Central New York

8.77%

8.69%

9.05%

Finger Lakes

8.38%

8.52%

8.85%

Long Island

13.05%

13.98%

14.79%

Mid-Hudson

9.43%

10.35%

11.04%

Mohawk Valley

8.79%

9.21%

9.40%

New York City

10.20%

11.00%

11.76%

North Country

6.96%

7.08%

7.07%

Southern Tier

7.34%

7.91%

7.89%

Western New York

8.88%

9.31%

9.69%

Statewide

10.18%

10.98%

11.70%

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

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Bronx

10.73%

12.37%

13.78%

Kings

10.15%

10.86%

11.47%

New York

9.70%

9.99%

10.50%

Queens

10.69%

11.78%

12.70%

Richmond

10.24%

11.46%

12.34%

Yesterday, 36,454 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total compiled to 3,184,195. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

39,158

206

Allegany

6,861

7

Broome

32,356

134

Cattaraugus

11,289

6

Cayuga

11,035

18

Chautauqua

17,235

32

Chemung

14,609

36

Chenango

6,533

18

Clinton

9,519

48

Columbia

6,677

22

Cortland

6,999

40

Delaware

5,322

8

Dutchess

42,998

246

Erie

141,578

750

Essex

3,527

9

Franklin

6,273

19

Fulton

8,853

16

Genesee

9,903

14

Greene

5,831

20

Hamilton

584

0

Herkimer

9,779

24

Jefferson

12,884

21

Lewis

4,685

0

Livingston

8,284

13

Madison

8,702

10

Monroe

109,437

320

Montgomery

8,141

5

Nassau

268,422

3,438

Niagara

33,017

128

NYC

1,372,105

23,804

Oneida

37,742

44

Onondaga

67,800

307

Ontario

13,619

18

Orange

70,609

347

Orleans

6,322

7

Oswego

16,565

19

Otsego

6,438

13

Putnam

15,093

17

Rensselaer

20,247

99

Rockland

61,500

386

Saratoga

29,297

152

Schenectady

21,589

22

Schoharie

3,302

4

Schuyler

2,347

13

Seneca

3,812

4

St. Lawrence

14,848

20

Steuben

14,343

17

Suffolk

298,430

3,353

Sullivan

11,352

82

Tioga

7,398

13

Tompkins

10,997

70

Ulster

21,494

93

Warren

8,726

40

Washington

8,019

16

Wayne

11,980

11

Westchester

169,325

1,869

Wyoming

6,088

4

Yates

2,317

2

Grand Total

3,184,195

36,454

Given the extent of spread of Omicron, it is more meaningful to report the percentage of Omicron variants as reported to the public COVID-19 sequence databases, than 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 64.1% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/12/21 and 12/25/21. This increase compared to the result announced on Friday, which covered 12/10/2021 to 12/23/2021, and slightly higher than all previous levels, is indicative of the ongoing spread of Omicron in NYS.   

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 the CDC.

As of Dec. 24, 60 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total compiled by HERDS to 47,929. Death numbers were not compiled on Dec. 25 in observance of the holiday. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:     

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

1

Bronx

1

Broome

2

Cattaraugus

2

Chautauqua

2

Chemung

1

Erie

5

Genesee

1

Herkimer

1

Kings

3

Livingston

2

Manhattan

2

Monroe

2

Nassau

3

Niagara

1

Oneida

4

Onondaga

2

Orange

1

Putnam

1

Queens

8

Richmond

2

Rockland

2

Saratoga

1

Schenectady

1

Seneca

1

Suffolk

3

Ulster

1

Washington

1

Wayne

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

60

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers aged 5 and older, with walk-in vaccination available at all sites on a first-come, first-serve basis for people aged 12 and older. Information on which sites require appointments for children in the 5-11 age group is available on our website. People who prefer to make 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, 6,163 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 3,407 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

934,480

71

852,482

98

Central New York

626,785

-6

579,120

68

Finger Lakes

833,858

16

769,405

35

Long Island

2,072,264

-1,016

1,835,767

-4

Mid-Hudson

1,621,838

-387

1,418,544

92

Mohawk Valley

315,417

0

291,684

44

New York City

7,558,213

7,456

6,649,556

2,950

North Country

293,116

3

264,119

6

Southern Tier

424,519

-42

388,200

7

Western New York

919,188

68

839,426

111

Statewide

15,599,678

6,163

13,888,303

3,407

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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