September 21, 2022
Albany, NY

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

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

"With tomorrow marking the official start of the fall season, I remind all New Yorkers to take the necessary 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 continues to urge New Yorkers to get their 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.

In addition, Governor Hochul is encouraging New Yorkers to get their annual flu vaccine as flu season approaches. The flu vaccine is recommended for almost everyone 6 months and older. The flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 may simultaneously spread this fall and winter, so getting vaccinated against both is the best way to stay healthy and to avoid added stress to the health care system. 

For information about flu vaccine clinics, contact the local health department or visit Vaccines.gov/find-vaccines.  

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Cases Per 100k - 28.51
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 22.45
  • Test Results Reported - 82,530
  • Total Positive - 5,571
  • Percent Positive - 6.19%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 6.48%**   
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,162 (+60)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 439
  • Patients in ICU - 230 (+6)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 82 (+5)
  • Total Discharges - 342,997 (+340)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 11
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 57,979

** 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 - 74,101

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, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Capital Region

19.03

19.45

19.62

Central New York

25.92

26.16

26.91

Finger Lakes

14.24

14.29

15.66

Long Island

27.75

28.72

28.53

Mid-Hudson

22.84

23.22

24.08

Mohawk Valley

22.99

23.93

24.49

New York City

21.00

21.20

21.29

North Country

24.07

24.35

24.07

Southern Tier

21.55

22.36

22.36

Western New York

18.90

18.69

18.73

Statewide

21.86

22.20

22.45

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

Region

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Capital Region

9.48%

9.51%

9.42%

Central New York

10.29%

10.39%

10.43%

Finger Lakes

7.01%

7.17%

7.32%

Long Island

8.01%

8.08%

8.18%

Mid-Hudson

5.39%

5.45%

5.85%

Mohawk Valley

10.89%

10.94%

11.24%

New York City

4.95%

4.98%

4.89%

North Country

10.57%

10.68%

10.41%

Southern Tier

8.57%

8.75%

8.22%

Western New York

11.89%

11.88%

11.52%

Statewide

6.43%

6.49%

6.48%

** 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, September 18, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Bronx

5.85%

6.06%

6.08%

Kings

3.80%

3.77%

3.60%

New York

4.97%

5.04%

5.11%

Queens

6.16%

6.11%

6.11%

Richmond

5.76%

5.85%

5.69%

** 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 5,571 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,002,926. A geographic breakdown is as follows:   

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

72,318

78

Allegany

10,084

8

Broome

53,811

62

Cattaraugus

17,957

19

Cayuga

18,795

18

Chautauqua

27,413

21

Chemung

24,583

22

Chenango

10,922

14

Clinton

20,477

24

Columbia

12,456

17

Cortland

12,349

16

Delaware

9,330

17

Dutchess

76,644

102

Erie

250,336

230

Essex

6,984

6

Franklin

11,159

5

Fulton

15,139

35

Genesee

15,427

18

Greene

10,036

13

Hamilton

1,007

3

Herkimer

16,218

17

Jefferson

24,282

44

Lewis

6,883

23

Livingston

13,328

5

Madison

15,532

10

Monroe

178,007

169

Montgomery

13,853

28

Nassau

494,495

507

Niagara

55,749

37

NYC

2,792,823

2,249

Oneida

63,792

68

Onondaga

132,559

152

Ontario

23,819

27

Orange

125,832

140

Orleans

9,800

10

Oswego

31,599

49

Otsego

12,232

20

Putnam

28,509

33

Rensselaer

38,422

39

Rockland

108,269

91

Saratoga

56,632

47

Schenectady

40,237

43

Schoharie

6,014

8

Schuyler

4,045

7

Seneca

6,966

13

St. Lawrence

24,559

24

Steuben

23,364

28

Suffolk

510,868

505

Sullivan

22,091

29

Tioga

12,885

11

Tompkins

24,471

33

Ulster

38,781

45

Warren

17,050

22

Washington

14,406

11

Wayne

20,157

28

Westchester

303,753

256

Wyoming

9,356

12

Yates

4,061

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

116

75

64.7%

41

35.3%

Central New York

89

56

62.9%

33

37.1%

Finger Lakes

205

69

33.7%

136

66.3%

Long Island

411

199

48.4%

212

51.6%

Mid-Hudson

246

106

43.1%

140

56.9%

Mohawk Valley

46

28

60.9%

18

39.1%

New York City

791

308

38.9%

483

61.1%

North Country

43

27

62.8%

16

37.2%

Southern Tier

71

36

50.7%

35

49.3%

Western New York

144

63

43.8%

81

56.3%

Statewide

2,162

967

44.7%

1,195

55.3%

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 11 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 57,979. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Broome

1

Dutchess

1

Kings

3

Lewis

1

Monroe

2

New York

1

Orleans

1

Rensselaer

1

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.   

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Contact us by phone:

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

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