August 31, 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

13 Statewide Deaths Reported Yesterday

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

“With school season approaching, New Yorkers should remain vigilant in keeping themselves and their loved ones healthy,” Governor Hochul said. “Take advantage of the vaccine and booster by staying up to date on doses. Test before gatherings or travel and if you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options.”

The Food and Drug Administration today issued emergency use authorization for both the Moderna and Pfizer updated COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, designed to target Omicron subvariants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could approve these new boosters for distribution as early as Friday and provide New Yorkers with even more protection against COVID-19 in advance of the fall. 

Today's data is summarized briefly below:   

  • Cases Per 100k – 22.27
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 20.88 
  • Test Results Reported – 81,009
  • Total Positive – 4,352
  • Percent Positive – 4.81%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 5.88%**   
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,332 (+3)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 415
  • Patients in ICU – 241 (-7) 
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 89 (-5)
  • Total Discharges – 336,923 (+363)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 13
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 57,641

** 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 – 73,676

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

REGION     

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Capital Region     

17.58

18.00

17.57

Central New York     

18.27

18.27

18.51

Finger Lakes     

12.88

13.26

13.55

Long Island     

26.33

26.38

25.99

Mid-Hudson     

21.33

21.45

21.40

Mohawk Valley     

20.61

20.69

20.52

New York City     

25.95

25.34

24.87

North Country     

20.22

20.56

20.83

Southern Tier     

17.56

18.66

19.54

Western New York     

17.87

18.52

18.12

Statewide     

22.78

22.68

22.42

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

Region

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Capital Region

16.37

16.55

17.47

Central New York

18.66

18.96

19.03

Finger Lakes

12.59

12.42

11.93

Long Island

25.51

25.07

25.10

Mid-Hudson

19.85

19.79

19.70

Mohawk Valley

19.78

18.78

18.07

New York City

23.18

22.87

22.39

North Country

19.91

19.95

19.50

Southern Tier

20.76

20.78

20.60

Western New York

18.28

17.85

18.05

Statewide

21.34

21.09

20.88

** 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 28, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Bronx

6.96%

6.86%

6.74%

Kings

3.89%

3.85%

3.21%

New York

4.98%

4.98%

4.85%

Queens

7.01%

6.87%

6.70%

Richmond

5.83%

5.66%

5.67%

** 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 4,352 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 5,920,512. A geographic breakdown is as follows:   

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

71,218

71

Allegany

9,895

7

Broome

52,912

43

Cattaraugus

17,633

33

Cayuga

18,471

18

Chautauqua

26,997

25

Chemung

24,192

17

Chenango

10,721

16

Clinton

20,119

 14

Columbia

12,239

10

Cortland

12,090

6

Delaware

9,174

10

Dutchess

75,479

45

Erie

246,890

 188

Essex

6,854

 2

Franklin

10,920

6

Fulton

14,805

15

Genesee

15,237

 5

Greene

9,923

  7

Hamilton

995

 1

Herkimer

15,983

 11

Jefferson

23,757

 22

Lewis

6,798

 10

Livingston

13,179

 8

Madison

15,288

9

Monroe

176,002

90

Montgomery

13,621

12

Nassau

487,367

 365

Niagara

55,125

37

NYC

2,757,563

1,892

Oneida

62,722

57

Onondaga

130,500

99

Ontario

23,508

21

Orange

124,090

105

Orleans

9,693

4

Oswego

30,953

40

Otsego

12,019

13

Putnam

28,040

23

Rensselaer

37,901

41

Rockland

106,830

72

Saratoga

55,742

47

Schenectady

39,573

32

Schoharie

5,910

7

Schuyler

4,001

1

Seneca

6,845

6

St. Lawrence

24,190

25

Steuben

23,011

12

Suffolk

503,071

391

Sullivan

21,727

28

Tioga

12,660

9

Tompkins

23,992

37

Ulster

38,114

34

Warren

16,768

20

Washington

14,179

12

Wayne

19,828

16

Westchester

299,936

195

Wyoming

9,274

5

Yates

3,988

5

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

110

60

54.5%

50

45.5%

Central New York

87

50

57.5%

37

42.5%

Finger Lakes

161

62

38.5%

99

61.5%

Long Island

408

167

40.9%

241

59.1%

Mid-Hudson

271

110

40.6%

161

59.4%

Mohawk Valley

35

19

54.3%

16

45.7%

New York City

1,002

408

40.7%

594

59.3%

North Country

46

21

45.7%

25

54.3%

Southern Tier

87

31

35.6%

56

64.4%

Western New York

125

51

40.8%

74

59.2%

Statewide

2,332

979

42.0%

1,353

58.0%

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 13 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 57,641. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths                                  

Cattaraugus

1

Erie

1

Kings

2

Queens

3

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

1

Suffolk

4

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.   

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.

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

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