February 19, 2022
Albany, NY

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

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Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19
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Yesterday Statewide Positivity is Below 2% for First Time Since Omicron Named Variant of Concern - Lowest Since October 23 
 
Hospitalizations Below 2,750 - Lowest Since November 27 
 
39 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday 
 

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19. 
 
"As we continue to see hospitalizations and cases decrease, I want to thank New Yorkers who have been doing their part to keep each other safe," Governor Hochul said. "As New York continues to build back from the pandemic, I want to remind everyone how critically important it is to use the tools at our disposal and get vaccinated and boosted to ensure we continue our incredible progress as we head into the spring."    
Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 177,826 
  • Total Positive - 3,050 
  • Percent Positive - 1.72% 
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 2.36% 
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,745 (-131) 
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 325 
  • Patients in ICU - 460 (-30) 
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 258 (-30) 
  • Total Discharges - 283,238 (+405) 
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 39 
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 54,412 

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 - 68,628

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 - 36,699,053
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 29,087
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 262,473
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 91.5% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 82.7%
  • 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) - 85.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 81.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 70.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 80.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 72.8%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 88.5%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 75.1%

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

REGION    

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022

Capital Region 

24.48

22.99

23.33

Central New York 

33.93

33.34

30.76

Finger Lakes 

19.42

18.45

17.30

Long Island 

14.96

14.25

13.28

Mid-Hudson 

15.02

15.36

15.02

Mohawk Valley 

28.55

27.20

25.99

New York City 

13.28

14.39

13.70

North Country 

43.92

40.51

37.34

Southern Tier 

33.85

31.91

30.40

Western New York 

19.44

19.26

18.10

Statewide 

17.69

17.75

16.89

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

REGION 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 

Thursday, February 17, 2022 

Friday, February 18, 2022 

Capital Region

4.42%

4.22%

4.26%

Central New York

6.15%

6.37%

5.88%

Finger Lakes

4.51%

4.25%

3.97%

Long Island

2.81%

2.66%

2.50%

Mid-Hudson

2.69%

2.71%

2.61%

Mohawk Valley

4.59%

4.75%

4.66%

New York City

1.41%

1.52%

1.43%

North Country

7.50%

7.53%

7.12%

Southern Tier

4.11%

3.78%

3.63%

Western New York

5.10%

4.98%

4.66%

Statewide

2.50%

2.50%

2.36%

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

BOROUGH 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 

Thursday, February 17, 2022 

Friday, February 18, 2022 

Bronx

1.16%

1.37%

1.35%

Kings

1.38%

1.40%

1.30%

New York

1.38%

1.72%

1.61%

Queens

1.58%

1.53%

1.42%

Richmond

1.89%

1.77%

1.70%

Yesterday 3,050 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 4,884,161. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

New Positive

Albany

74

Allegany

14

Broome

58

Cattaraugus

10

Cayuga

20

Chautauqua

28

Chemung

27

Chenango

12

Clinton

32

Columbia

12

Cortland

8

Delaware

7

Dutchess

39

Erie

140

Essex

9

Franklin

22

Fulton

9

Genesee

12

Greene

2

Hamilton

2

Herkimer

23

Jefferson

31

Lewis

8

Livingston

12

Madison

24

Monroe

102

Montgomery

24

Nassau

165

Niagara

27

NYC

964

Oneida

49

Onondaga

120

Ontario

24

Orange

70

Orleans

3

Oswego

53

Otsego

19

Putnam

23

Rensselaer

95

Rockland

41

Saratoga

58

Schenectady

39

Schoharie

9

Schuyler

3

Seneca

5

St. Lawrence

50

Steuben

31

Suffolk

143

Sullivan

21

Tioga

11

Tompkins

25

Ulster

41

Warren

16

Washington

11

Wayne

17

Westchester

140

Wyoming

9

Yates

7

Below is data that shows how many hospitalized individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted for COVID-19/COVID-19 complications and how many were admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions:  

Region

COVID-19 Patients currently hospitalized

Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID

% Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID

Admitted where COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission

% Admitted where COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission

Capital Region

157

90

57.3%

67

42.7%

Central New York

117

76

65.0%

41

35.0%

Finger Lakes

348

159

45.7%

189

54.3%

Long Island

429

203

47.3%

226

52.7%

Mid-Hudson

229

97

42.4%

132

57.6%

Mohawk Valley

59

41

69.5%

18

30.5%

New York City

1,025

423

41.3%

602

58.7%

North Country

70

34

48.6%

36

51.4%

Southern Tier

100

53

53.0%

47

47.0%

Western New York

211

110

52.1%

101

47.9%

Statewide

2,745

1,286

46.8%

1,459

53.2%

The Omicron variant now represents more than 95% of the viruses in circulation. For more information on variant tracking, please visit here: (COVID-19 Variant Data | Department of Health (ny.gov).     

Yesterday, 39 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 54,412. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:     

New Death Breakdown by county

County

New Deaths                                  

Allegany

1

Bronx

4

Chautauqua

1

Erie

2

Fulton

1

Kings

7

Lewis

1

Monroe

2

Nassau

2

New York

3

Oneida

1

Onondaga

1

Queens

5

Richmond

1

Rockland

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

3

Westchester

2

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, 4,352 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 5,329 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows: 

Regional Vaccination Data by Provider Location

 

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

963,731

338

880,989

411

Central New York

644,857

226

595,702

274

Finger Lakes

861,977

325

798,267

575

Long Island

2,176,395

1,280

1,929,126

1,612

Mid-Hudson

1,699,385

1,005

1,487,039

1,119

Mohawk Valley

324,403

101

301,333

153

New York City

7,972,629

198

7,040,319

64

North Country

303,073

219

274,035

249

Southern Tier

438,700

279

401,280

301

Western New York

952,115

381

873,417

571

Statewide

16,337,265

4,352

14,581,507

5,329

 

Booster/Additional Shots

Region 

Cumulative
Total

Increase over past 24 hours

Increase over past 7  days

Capital Region

451,237

1,398

6,689

Central New York

300,792

1,290

5,673

Finger Lakes

470,937

1,971

9,077

Long Island

1,084,914

5,323

28,949

Mid-Hudson

828,930

3,964

20,589

Mohawk Valley

160,242

599

3,089

New York City

2,743,561

921

72,106

North Country

141,210

624

2,921

Southern Tier

214,276

1,022

3,614

Western New York

511,838

2,060

9,885

Statewide

6,907,937

19,172

162,592

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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