August 17, 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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Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Keep Using the Tools to Protect Against and Treat COVID-19: Vaccines, Boosters, Testing, and Treatment

Announced Re-launch of #VaxToSchool COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

24 Statewide Deaths Reported from Yesterday

NOTE: Beginning June 24, 2022, the Vaccine data will be updated weekly on Fridays to align with CDC's updated data refresh schedule. For additional information on COVID-19 Vaccination Data provided by CDC, see https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations_vacc-total-admin-rate-total.   

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19. Earlier today, Governor Hochul also announced the re-launch of #VaxtoSchool, the multi-faceted statewide campaign aimed at increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. 

"As we continue to monitor the numbers and prepare for the approaching fall season, we must use all the tools at our disposal to address any potential surges," Governor Hochul said. "Be sure you and your loved ones are up to date on vaccine and booster doses, get tested if you experience symptoms, and if you do test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment."    

Today's data is summarized briefly below:      

  • Cases Per 100k - 25.09  
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 25.60   
  • Test Results Reported - 61,971  
  • Total Positive - 4,903   
  • Percent Positive - 7.98%**     
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.72%**   
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,509 (-29) 
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 443  
  • Patients in ICU - 249 (+4)   
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 96 (+4)  
  • Total Discharges - 332,263 (+416) 
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 24 
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 57,399 

** 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 - 73,335     

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.                  

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

REGION   

Sunday, August 14, 2022  

Monday, August 15, 2022  

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  

Capital Region   

20.09  

20.36  

19.82  

Central New York   

18.39  

17.5  

16.76  

Finger Lakes   

12.42  

12.65  

11.98  

Long Island   

34.94  

31.82  

30.82  

Mid-Hudson   

25.56  

25.03  

24.25  

Mohawk Valley   

20.66  

21.34  

21.19  

New York City   

31.68  

30.05  

29.2  

North Country   

18.38  

18.99  

19.09  

Southern Tier   

14.53  

14.76  

16.29  

Western New York   

15.05  

15.08  

15.14  

Statewide   

26.78  

25.6  

24.95  

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

REGION   

Sunday, August 14, 2022  

Monday, August 15, 2022  

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  

Capital Region  

9.60%  

9.64%  

9.27%  

Central New York  

8.94%  

8.77%  

8.78%  

Finger Lakes  

7.18%  

7.22%  

7.13%  

Long Island  

8.65%  

8.53%  

8.29%  

Mid-Hudson  

3.99%  

3.43%  

3.71%  

Mohawk Valley  

11.35%  

11.74%  

11.78%  

New York City  

5.19%  

4.83%  

5.00%  

North Country  

10.20%  

10.60%  

10.74%  

Southern Tier  

6.80%  

6.79%  

7.32%  

Western New York  

10.35%  

10.49%  

10.87%  

Statewide  

5.93%  

5.53%  

5.72%  

** 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 NYC   

Sunday, August 14, 2022  

Monday, August 15, 2022  

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  

Bronx  

7.87%  

7.63%  

7.53%  

Kings  

3.12%  

2.74%  

2.97%  

New York  

5.96%  

5.95%  

5.77%  

Queens  

7.72%  

7.63%  

7.79%  

Richmond  

6.72%  

6.54%  

6.34%  

** 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, 4,903 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 5,860,780. A geographic breakdown is as follows:   

County   

Total Positive   

New Positive   

Albany  

70,447  

63  

Allegany  

9,814  

2  

Broome  

52,396  

46  

Cattaraugus  

17,377  

19  

Cayuga  

18,285  

16  

Chautauqua  

26,651  

21  

Chemung  

23,976  

17  

Chenango  

10,540  

11  

Clinton  

19,884  

14  

Columbia  

12,087  

12  

Cortland  

11,980  

7  

Delaware  

9,075  

6  

Dutchess  

74,721  

53  

Erie  

244,579  

166  

Essex  

6,801  

5  

Franklin  

10,796  

9  

Fulton  

14,625  

27  

Genesee  

15,126  

10  

Greene  

9,864  

25  

Hamilton  

985  

-  

Herkimer  

15,831  

19  

Jefferson  

23,379  

24  

Lewis  

6,717  

11  

Livingston  

13,086  

4  

Madison  

15,158  

13  

Monroe  

174,743  

80  

Montgomery  

13,484  

14  

Nassau  

482,533  

436  

Niagara  

54,646  

35  

NYC  

2,729,142  

2,371  

Oneida  

62,106  

46  

Onondaga  

129,288  

84  

Ontario  

23,274  

14  

Orange  

122,828  

114  

Orleans  

9,613  

6  

Oswego  

30,566  

32  

Otsego  

11,864  

14  

Putnam  

27,764  

20  

Rensselaer  

37,531  

23  

Rockland  

105,829  

68  

Saratoga  

55,163  

56  

Schenectady  

39,166  

28  

Schoharie  

5,836  

6  

Schuyler  

3,977  

3  

Seneca  

6,782  

1  

St. Lawrence  

23,906  

23  

Steuben  

22,822  

27  

Suffolk  

497,683  

397  

Sullivan  

21,414  

26  

Tioga  

12,514  

14  

Tompkins  

23,672  

42  

Ulster  

37,668  

43  

Warren  

16,586  

18  

Washington  

14,037  

9  

Wayne  

19,670  

9  

Westchester  

297,323  

234  

Wyoming  

9,218  

7  

Yates  

3,952  

3  

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  

104  

67  

64.4%  

37  

35.6%  

Central New York  

71  

42  

59.2%  

29  

40.8%  

Finger Lakes  

158  

50  

31.6%  

108  

68.4%  

Long Island  

460  

211  

45.9%  

249  

54.1%  

Mid-Hudson  

287  

108  

37.6%  

179  

62.4%  

Mohawk Valley  

44  

21  

47.7%  

23  

52.3%  

New York City  

1,182  

474  

40.1%  

708  

59.9%  

North Country  

47  

16  

34.0%  

31  

66.0%  

Southern Tier  

62  

25  

40.3%  

37  

59.7%  

Western New York  

94  

44  

46.8%  

50  

53.2%  

Statewide  

2,509  

1,058  

42.2%  

1,451  

57.8%  

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, there were 24 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 57,399. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

County   

New Deaths   

Albany  

1  

Broome  

1  

Cattaraugus  

1  

Dutchess  

2  

Erie  

2  

Kings  

3  

Nassau  

1  

New York  

2  

Oneida  

1  

Queens  

5  

Richmond  

1  

Schenectady  

1  

Suffolk  

3  

Grand Total  

24  

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.         

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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