November 16, 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

29 Statewide Deaths Reported on November 15

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combatting COVID-19 and plan to protect against the spread of viral respiratory infections that become more common in the fall and winter seasons.  

"As we prepare for the holiday season, New Yorkers should remain vigilant and continue to use all available tools to keep themselves, their loved ones and their communities safe and healthy," Governor Hochul said. "Be sure to stay up to date on vaccine doses, and test before gatherings or travel. If you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options."

Earlier this month, Governor Hochul launched a new public awareness campaign featuring New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett speaking directly to New Yorkers about three viruses - Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), flu and COVID-19 - now circulating in the state with similar symptoms and the potential to cause serious illness. Produced by the New York State Department of Health, the videos include a short clip and a longer version geared toward parents; and a version aimed specifically at health care providers.     

Governor Hochul continues to remind New Yorkers that children ages 5 and older may now receive the bivalent booster shots that are recommended to increase protection against COVID-19. 

The Governor also urges New Yorkers to get their bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters. 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 encourages New Yorkers to get their annual flu vaccine as flu season is widespread across New York State. The flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 are both circulating, so getting vaccinated against both is the best way to stay healthy and to avoid added stress to the health care system.  

The State Department of Health is continuing its annual public education campaign, reminding adults and parents to get both flu and COVID-19 shots for themselves and children 6 months and older. Advertisements in both English and Spanish language began running last month. 

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 - 20.93
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 18.52
  • Test Results Reported - 62,738
  • Total Positive - 4,091
  • Percent Positive - 6.06%**     
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.87%**      
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,765 (-25)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 459
  • Patients in ICU - 280 (-16)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 104 (+1)
  • Total Discharges - 362,438 (+420)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 29
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 59,167

** 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 - 75,495

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, November 13, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Capital Region 

11.11

10.67

9.84

Central New York 

9.12

8.77

8.33

Finger Lakes 

10.63

10.24

10.22

Long Island 

22.96

22.86

22.86

Mid-Hudson 

17.26

17.25

17.42

Mohawk Valley 

9.63

8.92

8.15

New York City 

24.09

24.03

23.78

North Country 

9.68

9.55

8.97

Southern Tier 

12.59

12.46

11.69

Western New York 

9.55

9.43

8.87

Statewide 

18.90

18.77

18.52

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

Region 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Capital Region

5.40%

5.32%

5.07%

Central New York

4.20%

4.05%

3.80%

Finger Lakes

4.67%

4.55%

4.58%

Long Island

5.87%

5.88%

5.91%

Mid-Hudson

5.93%

6.05%

6.13%

Mohawk Valley

4.56%

4.27%

4.11%

New York City

6.34%

6.37%

6.31%

North Country

4.65%

4.74%

4.37%

Southern Tier

5.71%

5.70%

5.15%

Western New York

5.92%

5.81%

5.68%

Statewide

5.92%

5.93%

5.87%

** 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, November 13, 2022

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Bronx

6.68%

6.75%

6.62%

Kings

6.26%

6.24%

6.18%

New York

5.74%

5.86%

5.88%

Queens

6.92%

6.91%

6.83%

Richmond

5.43%

5.68%

5.49%

** 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.       

Yesterday, 4,091 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,225,255. A geographic breakdown is as follows:       

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

75,293

43

Allegany

10,380

5

Broome

56,104

32

Cattaraugus

18,614

10

Cayuga

19,582

6

Chautauqua

28,344

4

Chemung

25,638

17

Chenango

11,353

6

Clinton

21,438

6

Columbia

13,049

1

Cortland

12,817

5

Delaware

9,659

3

Dutchess

79,587

43

Erie

258,649

115

Essex

7,306

4

Franklin

11,651

5

Fulton

15,905

4

Genesee

16,001

8

Greene

10,381

1

Hamilton

1,049

3

Herkimer

16,825

5

Jefferson

25,576

16

Lewis

7,058

-

Livingston

13,842

6

Madison

16,210

7

Monroe

183,834

87

Montgomery

14,451

4

Nassau

512,955

389

Niagara

57,467

22

NYC

2,894,344

2,207

Oneida

66,303

20

Onondaga

137,455

37

Ontario

24,922

16

Orange

130,728

92

Orleans

10,125

5

Oswego

33,181

13

Otsego

12,700

4

Putnam

29,539

17

Rensselaer

40,038

14

Rockland

111,712

65

Saratoga

58,883

28

Schenectady

41,787

13

Schoharie

6,298

3

Schuyler

4,204

2

Seneca

7,307

5

St. Lawrence

25,482

6

Steuben

24,311

15

Suffolk

530,219

368

Sullivan

23,121

7

Tioga

13,476

12

Tompkins

25,419

11

Ulster

40,602

17

Warren

17,954

20

Washington

15,017

7

Wayne

20,965

7

Westchester

314,221

223

Wyoming

9,653

-

Yates

4,271

-

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

132

83

62.9%

49

37.1%

Central New York

76

30

39.5%

46

60.5%

Finger Lakes

298

87

29.2%

211

70.8%

Long Island

486

230

47.3%

256

52.7%

Mid-Hudson

277

113

40.8%

164

59.2%

Mohawk Valley

25

11

44.0%

14

56.0%

New York City

1,180

490

41.5%

690

58.5%

North Country

55

31

56.4%

24

43.6%

Southern Tier

85

24

28.2%

61

71.8%

Western New York

151

57

37.7%

94

62.3%

Statewide

2,765

1,156

41.8%

1,609

58.2%

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 29 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,167. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Bronx

2

Broome

2

Cattaraugus

1

Chautauqua

1

Erie

1

Fulton

1

Kings

2

Monroe

1

Nassau

4

Queens

6

Richmond

1

Schenectady

1

Suffolk

2

Warren

1

Westchester

1

Grand Total

29

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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