May 24, 2022
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

Statewide 7-Day Average Case Rate Lowest Since May 6 — Seven Days of Consecutive Decline

Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Keep Using the Tools to Protect Against and Treat COVID-19: Vaccines, Boosters, Testing, and Treatment

24 Statewide Deaths Reported Yesterday

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

"As we are continuing to monitor the numbers, I encourage all New Yorkers to continue taking advantage of the tools we have available to protect against and treat COVID-19," Governor Hochul said. "The best way to avoid serious illness from COVID-19 is by keeping up to date with your vaccination and booster doses. Be sure to get tested to ensure you're not spreading the virus to your loved ones. If you test positive, talk to your doctor about treatment. The worst thing we could let happen is let our guard down, so continue to remain vigilant so we can move forward safely through this pandemic."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Cases Per 100k - 30.65
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 45.36
  • Test Results Reported - 57,135
  • Total Positive - 5,990
  • Percent Positive - 10.45%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 8.04%**
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,724 (+137)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 394
  • Patients in ICU - 237 (+5)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 96 (+4)
  • Total Discharges - 304,837 (+221)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 24
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 55,970

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data -- not percent positivity.

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.

Important Note: Effective Monday, April 4, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is no longer requiring testing facilities that use COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to report negative results. As a result, New York State's percent positive metric will be computed using only lab-reported PCR results. Positive antigen tests will still be reported to New York State and reporting of new daily cases and cases per 100k will continue to include both PCR and antigen tests. Due to this change and other factors, including changes in testing practices, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data -- not percent positivity.

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC - 71,457

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 - 38,799,846
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours - 12,808
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days - 110,631
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 92.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 84.0%
  • 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) - 87.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 83.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 73.4%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 82.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 74.4%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 90.5%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 77.3%

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

REGION Saturday, May 21, 2022Sunday, May 22, 2022Monday, May 23, 2022

Capital Region

51.0949.8847.15

Central New York

25.5924.3722.44

Finger Lakes

32.1631.2629.75

Long Island

60.5359.1058.49

Mid-Hudson

47.9146.9246.16

Mohawk Valley

35.8034.2932.88

New York City

49.0149.8547.19

North Country

32.6731.1029.53

Southern Tier

42.4041.6640.44

Western New York

46.4645.0542.34

Statewide

47.6347.3045.36

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

RegionSaturday, May 21, 2022Sunday, May 22, 2022Monday, May 23, 2022
Capital Region12.18%11.76%11.51%
Central New York7.22%6.79%6.42%
Finger Lakes11.33%11.27%11.06%
Long Island10.62%10.49%10.53%
Mid-Hudson9.61%9.51%9.62%
Mohawk Valley9.42%9.02%8.69%
New York City6.25%6.31%6.32%
North Country8.19%7.83%7.68%
Southern Tier9.43%9.21%9.06%
Western New York15.55%15.12%14.61%
Statewide8.11%8.04%8.04%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data -- not percent positivity.

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 NYCSaturday, May 21, 2022Sunday, May 22, 2022Monday, May 23, 2022
Bronx4.15%4.29%4.50%
Kings6.50%6.48%6.49%
New York6.88%6.97%6.80%
Queens6.45%6.52%6.54%
Richmond7.70%7.74%7.59%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data -- not percent positivity.

Yesterday 5,990 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 5,359,259. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany65,21365
Allegany9,4327
Broome50,04146
Cattaraugus16,45918
Cayuga17,5789
Chautauqua25,21936
Chemung22,95110
Chenango10,04312
Clinton18,46614
Columbia11,12315
Cortland11,4855
Delaware8,4665
Dutchess68,606102
Erie232,506326
Essex6,2699
Franklin10,2259
Fulton13,67515
Genesee14,65015
Greene9,2685
Hamilton930-
Herkimer15,0218
Jefferson21,89326
Lewis6,5125
Livingston12,5234
Madison14,52612
Monroe166,582114
Montgomery12,73112
Nassau435,724565
Niagara52,23849
NYC2,452,8472,779
Oneida59,26851
Onondaga123,21759
Ontario21,95511
Orange113,346100
Orleans9,2726
Oswego29,18811
Otsego10,95820
Putnam25,46533
Rensselaer34,69034
Rockland97,77681
Saratoga51,30461
Schenectady36,39742
Schoharie5,4655
Schuyler3,7965
Seneca6,4775
St. Lawrence22,74512
Steuben21,63921
Suffolk454,609610
Sullivan19,67125
Tioga11,92915
Tompkins21,77541
Ulster34,65643
Warren15,22114
Washington13,20812
Wayne18,77911
Westchester270,633353
Wyoming8,84610
Yates3,7722

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:

RegionCOVID-19 Patients currently hospitalizedAdmitted due to COVID or complications of COVID% Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVIDAdmitted 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 Region20012562.5%7537.5%
Central New York744256.8%3243.2%
Finger Lakes35110931.1%24268.9%
Long Island48422847.1%25652.9%
Mid-Hudson25311143.9%14256.1%
Mohawk Valley472144.7%2655.3%
New York City89235239.5%54060.5%
North Country704462.9%2637.1%
Southern Tier1134035.4%7364.6%
Western New York24012351.3%11748.8%
Statewide2,7241,19543.9%1,52956.1%

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, 24 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 55,970. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

CountyNew Deaths
Bronx1
Broome4
Dutchess1
Erie1
Genesee1
Herkimer1
Jefferson1
Kings1
Livingston1
Monroe1
New York2
Orange2
Schenectady1
Suffolk5
Westchester1

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 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, 1,506 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 1,426 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 dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region971,84576891,80065
Central New York650,71721603,72738
Finger Lakes872,04581810,80073
Long Island2,208,2903011,971,918273
Mid-Hudson1,726,1422131,521,363195
Mohawk Valley327,63417305,66810
New York City8,126,7596487,213,791613
North Country307,78717279,16417
Southern Tier445,48963408,14054
Western New York963,37769888,71688
Statewide16,600,0851,50614,895,0871,426
Booster/Additional Shots
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursIncrease over past 7 days
Capital Region548,5666616,965
Central New York370,3672133,564
Finger Lakes573,5745456,537
Long Island1,312,6501,98916,710
Mid-Hudson1,020,8761,44312,861
Mohawk Valley191,8511342,120
New York City3,375,6053,58143,095
North Country173,1841151,578
Southern Tier258,8962923,341
Western New York611,8837076,556
Statewide8,437,4529,680103,327

The COVID-19 VaccineTracker 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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