November 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

18 Statewide Deaths Reported Yesterday

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

"With Thanksgiving just a week away, New Yorkers must 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 - 22.57
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 18.47
  • Test Results Reported - 68,812
  • Total Positive - 4,411 
  • Percent Positive - 5.83%**     
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.88%**      
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,686 (-79)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 407
  • Patients in ICU - 274 (-6)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 107 (3)
  • Total Discharges - 362,882 (444)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 18
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 59,185

** 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 - 75,507

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 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Capital Region 

9.57

9.84

10.67

Central New York 

8.27

8.33

8.77

Finger Lakes 

9.99

10.22

10.24

Long Island 

22.68

22.86

22.86

Mid-Hudson 

17.29

17.42

17.25

Mohawk Valley 

8.74

8.15

8.92

New York City 

23.87

23.78

24.03

North Country 

8.18

8.97

9.55

Southern Tier 

12.01

11.69

12.46

Western New York 

8.58

8.87

9.43

Statewide 

18.47

18.52

18.77   

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

Region 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Capital Region

5.32%

5.07%

4.91%

Central New York

4.05%

3.80%

3.71%

Finger Lakes

4.55%

4.58%

4.46%

Long Island

5.88%

5.91%

5.84%

Mid-Hudson

6.05%

6.13%

6.10%

Mohawk Valley

4.27%

4.11%

4.31%

New York City

6.37%

6.31%

6.42%

North Country

4.74%

4.37%

3.95%

Southern Tier

5.70%

5.15%

5.21%

Western New York

5.81%

5.68%

5.43%

Statewide

5.93%

5.87%

5.88%    

** 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

Monday, November 14, 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Bronx

6.75%

6.62%

6.83%

Kings

6.24%

6.18%

6.27%

New York

5.86%

5.88%

6.07%

Queens

6.91%

6.83%

6.88%

Richmond

5.68%

5.49%

5.43%    

** 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, 4,477 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,204,401. A geographic breakdown is as follows:       

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

75,325

32

Allegany

10,385

5

Broome

56,136

32

Cattaraugus

18,627

13

Cayuga

19,595

13

Chautauqua

28,357

13

Chemung

25,649

11

Chenango

11,360

7

Clinton

21,448

10

Columbia

13,056

7

Cortland

12,822

5

Delaware

9,670

11

Dutchess

79,643

56

Erie

258,732

83

Essex

7,308

2

Franklin

11,654

3

Fulton

15,914

9

Genesee

16,007

6

Greene

10,389

8

Hamilton

1,050

1

Herkimer

16,834

9

Jefferson

25,590

14

Lewis

7,062

4

Livingston

13,847

5

Madison

16,216

6

Monroe

183,916

82

Montgomery

14,458

7

Nassau

513,347

392

Niagara

57,494

27

NYC

2,896,756

2,412

Oneida

66,352

49

Onondaga

137,503

48

Ontario

24,938

16

Orange

130,807

79

Orleans

10,131

6

Oswego

33,190

9

Otsego

12,702

2

Putnam

29,565

26

Rensselaer

40,061

23

Rockland

111,809

97

Saratoga

58,904

21

Schenectady

41,802

15

Schoharie

6,300

2

Schuyler

4,204

-

Seneca

7,310

3

St. Lawrence

25,484

2

Steuben

24,325

14

Suffolk

530,607

388

Sullivan

23,136

15

Tioga

13,480

4

Tompkins

25,437

18

Ulster

40,635

33

Warren

17,963

9

Washington

15,027

10

Wayne

20,977

12

Westchester

314,432

211

Wyoming

9,663

10

Yates

4,275

4

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

115

78

67.8%

37

32.2%

Central New York

76

32

42.1%

44

57.9%

Finger Lakes

288

83

28.8%

205

71.2%

Long Island

476

224

47.1%

252

52.9%

Mid-Hudson

268

100

37.3%

168

62.7%

Mohawk Valley

25

8

32.0%

17

68.0%

New York City

1,150

460

40.0%

690

60.0%

North Country

54

30

55.6%

24

44.4%

Southern Tier

85

28

32.9%

57

67.1%

Western New York

149

53

35.6%

96

64.4%

Statewide

2,686

1,096

40.8%

1,590

59.2%

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 18 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,185. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

County

New Deaths

Clinton

1

Erie

1

Jefferson

1

Kings

2

Nassau

1

New York

2

Queens

3

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

1

Suffolk

3

Washington

1

Westchester

1

Grand Total

18

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.      

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state's vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally reported data, which is inclusive of federally administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above.   

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

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

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