December 28, 2021
Albany, NY

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

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

96,049 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours

77 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide

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

“With just three days left in the year, let's make a New Year's resolution to beat this pandemic in 2022," Governor Hochul said. “Let's start by celebrating New Year's safely this weekend. Before visiting friends and family, please get yourself tested and make sure you are vaccinated and boosted, if eligible. Please remember to wear a mask when gathering with others. If we all do what’s right, we can make 2022 a very different year from the hardships we've had to endure so far.”

Today's data is summarized briefly below.

· Test Results Reported – 210,996

· Total Positive – 40,780

· Percent Positive – 19.33%

· 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 13.36%

· Patient Hospitalization - 6,173 (+647)

· Patients Newly Admitted – 1,148

· Patients in ICU - 945 (+32)

· Patients in ICU with Intubation - 519 (+18)

· Total Discharges - 227,712 (+457)

· New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 77

· Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 48,150


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 - 61,084


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 – 33,229,440

· Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 96,049

· Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 680,721

· Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 88.7%

· Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.4%

· 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) - 82.7%

· Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 77.5%

· Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.5%

· Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 83.4%

· Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.5%

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

Region

Saturday,

December 25, 2021

Sunday,

December 26, 2021

Monday,

December 27, 2021

Capital Region72.5069.6570.19
Central New York73.2870.5270.06
Finger Lakes54.5152.6052.17
Long Island216.10221.05234.68
Mid-Hudson140.16141.03152.56
Mohawk Valley64.4459.5255.05
New York City256.70262.01285.85
North Country46.4443.2742.83
Southern Tier70.3466.7563.32
Western New York68.3768.8071.52
Statewide178.37180.82194.36

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

Region

Saturday,

December 25, 2021

Sunday,

December 26, 2021

Monday,

December 27, 2021

Capital Region9.23%9.47%9.96%
Central New York9.05%9.19%9.38%
Finger Lakes8.85%9.16%9.45%
Long Island14.79%15.42%16.26%
Mid-Hudson11.04%11.55%12.53%
Mohawk Valley9.40%9.17%9.43%
New York City11.76%12.63%13.70%
North Country7.07%6.92%7.10%
Southern Tier7.89%7.87%8.01%
Western New York9.69%10.03%10.55%
Statewide11.70%12.41%13.36%

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

Saturday,

December 25, 2021

Sunday,

December 26, 2021

Monday,

December 27, 2021

Bronx13.78%14.96%16.46%
Kings11.47%12.29%13.32%
New York10.50%11.04%11.87%
Queens12.70%13.63%14.65%
Richmond12.34%13.17%14.08%

Yesterday, 40,780 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 3,251,712. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany39,492216
Allegany6,88116
Broome32,524128
Cattaraugus11,32323
Cayuga11,05911
Chautauqua17,32542
Chemung14,65734
Chenango6,55920
Clinton9,56835
Columbia6,75261
Cortland7,02415
Delaware5,3386
Dutchess43,436278
Erie142,843776
Essex3,5377
Franklin6,29010
Fulton8,87416
Genesee9,94018
Greene5,87535
Hamilton5917
Herkimer9,83551
Jefferson12,94946
Lewis4,6968
Livingston8,2998
Madison8,71714
Monroe109,989289
Montgomery8,1505
Nassau274,4753,523
Niagara33,283166
NYC1,418,24727,774
Oneida37,85181
Onondaga68,287309
Ontario13,67535
Orange71,387461
Orleans6,34619
Oswego16,62835
Otsego6,45213
Putnam15,12420
Rensselaer20,431124
Rockland62,396679
Saratoga29,483126
Schenectady21,63524
Schoharie3,3104
Schuyler2,3534
Seneca3,8194
St. Lawrence14,88534
Steuben14,36412
Suffolk303,3392,811
Sullivan11,45961
Tioga7,41611
Tompkins11,03020
Ulster21,676111
Warren8,78234
Washington8,04920
Wayne12,01021
Westchester172,5632,049
Wyoming6,10917
Yates2,3253

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 73.3% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/14/21 and 12/27/21. This is a further increase from that previously reported 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.

Over Saturday and Sunday, 77 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total compiled by HERDS to 48,150. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
Bronx8
Clinton1
Columbia1
Erie4
Franklin1
Kings14
Manhattan3
Monroe3
Montgomery1
Nassau4
Oneida2
Onondaga1
Ontario1
Queens10
Rensselaer1
Richmond1
Saratoga2
Seneca1
Steuben2
Suffolk7
Ulster1
Washington1
Wayne3
Westchester4

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, 24,613 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 12,487 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 dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region935,9651,175853,485643
Central New York627,579654579,818518
Finger Lakes834,917851770,323697
Long Island2,078,7634,6581,838,6611,860
Mid-Hudson1,626,2523,4071,420,7071,580
Mohawk Valley315,758281291,973217
New York City7,572,65811,8056,656,7405,635
North Country293,521310264,524319
Southern Tier425,086422388,569271
Western New York920,6011,050840,564747
Statewide15,631,10024,61313,905,36412,487

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.

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Albany: (518) 474-8418
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