December 29, 2021
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Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

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139,264 Vaccine Doses Administered Over Last 24 Hours    

97 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

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

“As we approach the New Year it is vitally important that we don’t let our guard down in our fight against the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “Let’s make it our collective New Year’s resolution to leave COVID in the past. We have the tools and we know what works – mask up, get vaccinated, get boosted, and exercise caution in large gatherings, especially this weekend.”

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 362,594
  • Total Positive - 67,090
  • Percent Positive - 18.50%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 14.61%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 6,767 (+594)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 1,474
  • Patients in ICU - 962 (+17)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 499 (-20)
  • Total Discharges - 228,609 (+897)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 97
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 48,249

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 – 61,159

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 - 33,368,704
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 139,264
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 675,444
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 88.9% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 80.5% 
  • 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) - 82.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 77.7%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 69.6% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 83.6% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.6%

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

Region

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Capital Region

69.65

70.19

82.78

Central New York

70.52

70.06

82.01

Finger Lakes

52.60

52.17

62.24

Long Island

221.05

234.68

264.56

Mid-Hudson

141.03

152.56

184.06

Mohawk Valley

59.52

55.05

70.21

New York City

262.01

285.85

323.90

North Country

43.27

42.83

47.46

Southern Tier

66.75

63.32

73.14

Western New York

68.80

71.52

83.90

Statewide

180.82

194.36

222.26

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

Region 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Capital Region

9.47%

9.96%

10.43%

Central New York

9.19%

9.38%

9.63%

Finger Lakes

9.16%

9.45%

10.18%

Long Island

15.42%

16.26%

17.32%

Mid-Hudson

11.55%

12.53%

13.72%

Mohawk Valley

9.17%

9.43%

9.39%

New York City

12.63%

13.70%

15.25%

North Country

6.92%

7.10%

7.19%

Southern Tier

7.87%

8.01%

8.21%

Western New York

10.03%

10.55%

11.72%

Statewide

12.41%

13.36%

14.61%

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 26, 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Bronx

14.96%

16.46%

18.54%

Kings

12.29%

13.32%

14.67%

New York

11.04%

11.87%

13.23%

Queens

13.63%

14.65%

16.22%

Richmond

13.17%

14.08%

15.84%

Yesterday, 67,090 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 3,318,802. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  

Total Positive  

New Positive  

Albany

39,936

444

Allegany

6,908

27

Broome

32,837

313

Cattaraugus

11,372

49

Cayuga

11,200

141

Chautauqua

17,429

104

Chemung

14,790

133

Chenango

6,598

39

Clinton

9,615

47

Columbia

6,840

88

Cortland

7,075

51

Delaware

5,393

55

Dutchess

44,235

799

Erie

144,455

1,612

Essex

3,577

40

Franklin

6,348

58

Fulton

8,938

64

Genesee

10,024

84

Greene

5,940

65

Hamilton

597

6

Herkimer

9,928

93

Jefferson

13,033

84

Lewis

4,718

22

Livingston

8,371

72

Madison

8,869

152

Monroe

111,021

1,032

Montgomery

8,230

80

Nassau

280,443

5,968

Niagara

33,561

278

NYC

1,457,838

39,591

Oneida

38,412

561

Onondaga

69,041

754

Ontario

13,834

159

Orange

72,899

1,512

Orleans

6,387

41

Oswego

16,844

216

Otsego

6,543

91

Putnam

15,754

630

Rensselaer

20,635

204

Rockland

63,822

1,426

Saratoga

29,973

490

Schenectady

21,969

334

Schoharie

3,353

43

Schuyler

2,365

12

Seneca

3,881

62

St. Lawrence

14,952

67

Steuben

14,459

95

Suffolk

307,916

4,577

Sullivan

11,743

284

Tioga

7,504

88

Tompkins

11,134

104

Ulster

21,912

236

Warren

8,893

111

Washington

8,145

96

Wayne

12,129

119

Westchester

175,671

3,108

Wyoming

6,166

57

Yates

2,347

22

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 74.2% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/15/21 and 12/28/21. This is a slight increase from the 73.3% announced yesterday, which covered 12/14/2021 to 12/27/2021, and is supporting evidence of the ongoing 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, 97 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 48,249. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

Deaths by County of Residence 

County 

New Deaths 

Albany

1

Bronx

6

Broome

2

Cattaraugus

1

Chautauqua

1

Chemung

1

Chenango

1

Clinton

1

Delaware

1

Dutchess

2

Erie

10

Greene

1

Herkimer

1

Kings

6

Livingston

1

Manhattan

2

Monroe

6

Montgomery

2

Nassau

3

Niagara

1

Onondaga

2

Ontario

1

Orange

4

Oswego

2

Queens

13

Rensselaer

3

Richmond

1

Rockland

3

Saratoga

1

Seneca

1

St. Lawrence

1

Steuben

5

Suffolk

5

Sullivan

1

Tompkins

1

Westchester

3

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, 35,783 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 17,444 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

937,211

1,246

854,390

905

Central New York

628,160

581

580,187

369

Finger Lakes

835,910

993

771,094

771

Long Island

2,083,646

4,883

1,840,785

2,124

Mid-Hudson

1,629,826

3,574

1,422,340

1,633

Mohawk Valley

316,104

346

292,213

240

New York City

7,594,693

22,035

6,666,590

9,850

North Country

293,832

311

264,796

272

Southern Tier

425,560

474

388,894

325

Western New York

921,941

1,340

841,519

955

Statewide

15,666,883

35,783

13,922,808

17,444

 

Booster/Additional Shots

Region

Cumulative
Total

Increase over past 24 hours

Increase over past 7  days

Capital Region

346,735

5,245

23,630

Central New York

217,656

3,228

14,932

Finger Lakes

349,876

4,543

22,732

Long Island

658,052

11,199

53,916

Mid-Hudson

535,229

9,807

43,789

Mohawk Valley

119,754

1,655

7,726

New York City

1,613,738

34,003

182,177

North Country

102,114

1,875

6,839

Southern Tier

159,383

2,353

10,410

Western New York

390,157

5,225

24,365

Statewide

4,492,694

79,133

390,516

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 12/28

Hospital

Nursing Home

ACF

LHCSA

Hospice

CHHA

Total

Total employee terminations due to being unvaccinated

5,732

1.11%

2,410

1.60%

329

1.06%

7945

2.82%

86

1.41%

123

0.90%

16625

1.66%

Total employee resignations and retirements due to being unvaccinated

2,323

0.45%

50

0.03%

13

0.04%

3337

1.18%

77

1.26%

120

0.88%

5920

0.59%

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

1,360

0.26%

676

0.45%

68

0.22%

8158

2.90%

9

0.15%

89

0.65%

10360

1.04%

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

53

0.01%

1,500

0.99%

493

1.59%

2663

0.95%

8

0.13%

4

0.03%

4721

0.47%

Total INACTIVE employees from categories above

9,468

4,636

903

22,103

180

336

37,626

Total ACTIVE employees reported 12/28/21

505,926

146,387

30,082

259,651

5,939

13,339

961,324

Grand Total

515,394

151,023

30,985

281,754

6,119

13,675

998,950

Percentages are estimates. They are based on self-reported data for 12/28/21. The denominators are active employees reported for 12/28/21 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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