September 20, 2022
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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

47 Statewide Deaths Reported from September 17 to September 19

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

"As we continue to navigate the start of the fall season, I urge all New Yorkers to take steps to better protect themselves against COVID-19," Governor Hochul said. "Take advantage of the latest tools and resources at our disposal in order to keep our families and our communities safe. Test before gatherings or travel and if you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options."

Governor Hochul also announced the availability of bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for anyone age 12 or older and from Moderna for those 18 or older. To schedule an appointment for a booster, New Yorkers should contact their local pharmacy, county health department, or healthcare provider; visit vaccines.gov; text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations.

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Cases Per 100k - 17.35
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 22.20
  • Test Results Reported - 36,930
  • Total Positive - 3,391
  • Percent Positive - 8.99 %**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 6.49%**   
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,102 (+100)*
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 814
  • Patients in ICU - 224 (+9)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 77 (+8)
  • Total Discharges - 342,657 (+597)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 47*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 57,967*

** 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 - 74,084   

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

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Capital Region

18.92

19.03

19.45

Central New York

25.75

25.92

26.16

Finger Lakes

14.43

14.24

14.29

Long Island

26.65

27.75

28.72

Mid-Hudson

22.63

22.84

23.22

Mohawk Valley

23.40

22.99

23.93

New York City

20.52

21.00

21.20

North Country

23.90

24.07

24.35

Southern Tier

21.01

21.55

22.36

Western New York

18.86

18.90

18.69

Statewide

21.45

21.86

22.20

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

Region

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Capital Region

9.46%

9.48%

9.51%

Central New York

10.44%

10.29%

10.39%

Finger Lakes

7.03%

7.01%

7.17%

Long Island

7.94%

8.01%

8.08%

Mid-Hudson

5.44%

5.39%

5.45%

Mohawk Valley

11.13%

10.89%

10.94%

New York City

4.97%

4.95%

4.98%

North Country

10.41%

10.57%

10.68%

Southern Tier

8.39%

8.57%

8.75%

Western New York

11.88%

11.89%

11.88%

Statewide

6.44%

6.43%

6.49%

   

** 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

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Bronx

5.82%

5.85%

6.06%

Kings

3.83%

3.80%

3.77%

New York

5.01%

4.97%

5.04%

Queens

6.16%

6.16%

6.11%

Richmond

5.78%

5.76%

5.85%

 ** 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, 3,391 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 5,997,355. A geographic breakdown is as follows:   

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

72,240

44

Allegany

10,076

6

Broome

53,749

31

Cattaraugus

17,938

11

Cayuga

18,777

15

Chautauqua

27,392

19

Chemung

24,561

16

Chenango

10,908

7

Clinton

20,453

15

Columbia

12,439

3

Cortland

12,333

3

Delaware

9,313

12

Dutchess

76,542

60

Erie

250,106

138

Essex

6,978

9

Franklin

11,154

14

Fulton

15,104

13

Genesee

15,409

15

Greene

10,023

8

Hamilton

1,004

1

Herkimer

16,201

14

Jefferson

24,238

25

Lewis

6,860

3

Livingston

13,323

5

Madison

15,522

15

Monroe

177,838

62

Montgomery

13,825

10

Nassau

493,988

299

Niagara

55,712

27

NYC

2,790,574

1,346

Oneida

63,724

58

Onondaga

132,407

83

Ontario

23,792

12

Orange

125,692

90

Orleans

9,790

9

Oswego

31,550

45

Otsego

12,212

12

Putnam

28,476

26

Rensselaer

38,383

19

Rockland

108,178

65

Saratoga

56,585

41

Schenectady

40,194

26

Schoharie

6,006

6

Schuyler

4,038

1

Seneca

6,953

7

St. Lawrence

24,535

12

Steuben

23,336

13

Suffolk

510,363

321

Sullivan

22,062

12

Tioga

12,874

10

Tompkins

24,438

34

Ulster

38,736

26

Warren

17,028

15

Washington

14,395

13

Wayne

20,129

19

Westchester

303,497

166

Wyoming

9,344

1

Yates

4,058

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

118

78

66.1%

40

33.9%

Central New York

81

46

56.8%

35

43.2%

Finger Lakes

201

75

37.3%

126

62.7%

Long Island

379

172

45.4%

207

54.6%

Mid-Hudson

229

91

39.7%

138

60.3%

Mohawk Valley

46

26

56.5%

20

43.5%

New York City

792

329

41.5%

463

58.5%

North Country

46

24

52.2%

22

47.8%

Southern Tier

81

38

46.9%

43

53.1%

Western New York

129

57

44.2%

72

55.8%

Statewide

2,102

936

44.5%

1,166

55.5%

 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).      

From Saturday, 9/17 to Monday, 9/19, there were 47 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 57,967. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Albany

1

Allegany

1

Bronx

6

Broome

1

Clinton

1

Columbia

1

Erie

1

Kings

2

Monroe

2

Montgomery

1

Nassau

4

New York

4

Oswego

1

Queens

5

Richmond

1

Rockland

3

Saratoga

1

Suffolk

8

Wayne

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

47

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities was paused due to the weekend from 09/17/2022-09/18/2022. Where noted, totals include three days of cumulative data from 09/17/2022-09/19/2022. As a result, some data may appear higher than recent trends. Data affected is marked with an asterisk.  

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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