November 22, 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

67 Statewide Deaths Reported from November 19 to November 21

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

"With respiratory illnesses circulating in our state this Thanksgiving holiday, I urge New Yorkers to remain vigilant and to use all available tools to keep themselves and loved ones in their communities safe and healthy," Governor Hochul said. "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."

Yesterday, Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to take precautions this holiday season to protect young children, older individuals and those with underlying health conditions from respiratory viruses like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19 as infections continue to rise nationwide. Influenza is spreading quickly, with the number of laboratory-confirmed cases statewide having nearly tripled over the past three weeks, while hospitalizations have more than doubled.

Earlier this month, Governor Hochul launched a public awareness campaign featuring New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett speaking directly to New Yorkers about the three viruses 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:

  1. Cases Per 100k - 15.18
  2. 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 18.88
  3. Test Results Reported - 38,418
  4. Total Positive - 2,967
  5. Percent Positive - 6.88%**
  6. 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.87%**
  7. Patient Hospitalization - 2,919 (+275)
  8. Patients Newly Admitted - 1045*
  9. Patients in ICU - 287 (+33)
  10. Patients in ICU with Intubation - 101 (+8)
  11. Total Discharges - 364,414 (+692)*
  12. New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 67*
  13. Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 59,288*

** 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 - 75,642

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, November 19, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Capital Region

9.02

8.91

9.07

Central New York

7.57

7.83

7.90

Finger Lakes

9.57

9.35

9.45

Long Island

23.76

24.31

24.31

Mid-Hudson

18.24

18.21

17.65

Mohawk Valley

8.86

8.92

8.71

New York City

24.63

24.69

24.65

North Country

8.83

8.39

7.67

Southern Tier

12.52

12.43

12.10

Western New York

7.75

7.28

6.92

Statewide

18.96

19.00

18.88

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

Region

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Capital Region

4.83%

4.78%

4.80%

Central New York

3.50%

3.63%

3.71%

Finger Lakes

4.37%

4.28%

4.29%

Long Island

6.10%

6.16%

6.21%

Mid-Hudson

6.13%

6.07%

5.96%

Mohawk Valley

4.36%

4.34%

4.29%

New York City

6.32%

6.33%

6.34%

North Country

4.46%

4.47%

4.32%

Southern Tier

5.46%

5.38%

4.92%

Western New York

5.26%

5.21%

5.07%

Statewide

5.88%

5.88%

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

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Bronx

7.07%

7.06%

6.99%

Kings

5.71%

5.77%

5.82%

New York

6.26%

6.28%

6.31%

Queens

7.00%

6.95%

7.01%

Richmond

5.12%

4.98%

4.82%

** 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, 2,967 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,246,997. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

75,423

18

Allegany

10,394

2

Broome

56,211

4

Cattaraugus

18,643

-

Cayuga

19,630

7

Chautauqua

28,386

5

Chemung

25,728

19

Chenango

11,382

-

Clinton

21,488

1

Columbia

13,099

7

Cortland

12,834

3

Delaware

9,684

-

Dutchess

79,825

21

Erie

 

258,984

46

Essex

7,333

1

Franklin

11,660

-

Fulton

15,929

2

Genesee

16,026

2

Greene

10,408

5

Hamilton

1,052

-

Herkimer

16,853

2

Jefferson

25,635

8

Lewis

7,067

-

Livingston

13,870

2

Madison

16,231

1

Monroe

184,247

48

Montgomery

14,480

6

Nassau

515,080

299

Niagara

57,560

13

NYC

2,906,630

1,728

Oneida

66,439

10

Onondaga

137,678

31

Ontario

24,997

10

Orange

131,072

46

Orleans

10,146

4

Oswego

33,233

8

Otsego

12,725

4

Putnam

29,665

20

Rensselaer

40,115

7

Rockland

112,104

54

Saratoga

58,993

22

Schenectady

41,877

9

Schoharie

6,312

1

Schuyler

4,209

-

Seneca

7,333

4

St. Lawrence

25,510

2

Steuben

24,381

11

Suffolk

532,169

260

Sullivan

23,194

6

Tioga

13,518

4

Tompkins

25,489

16

Ulster

40,722

10

Warren

18,001

6

Washington

15,048

5

Wayne

21,004

-

Westchester

315,332

163

Wyoming

9,678

3

Yates

4,281

1

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

124

84

67.7%

40

32.3%

Central New York

78

38

48.7%

40

51.3%

Finger Lakes

285

85

29.8%

200

70.2%

Long Island

510

229

44.9%

281

55.1%

Mid-Hudson

289

120

41.5%

169

58.5%

Mohawk Valley

30

15

50.0%

15

50.0%

New York City

1,341

525

39.1%

816

60.9%

North Country

50

27

54.0%

23

46.0%

Southern Tier

74

23

31.1%

51

68.9%

Western New York

138

46

33.3%

92

66.7%

Statewide

2,919

1,192

40.8%

1,727

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).

From Saturday, November 19 to Monday, November 21, there were 67 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,288. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Bronx

5

Broome

2

Chautauqua

1

Clinton

2

Erie

1

Kings

13

Madison

1

Monroe

6

Nassau

6

New York

4

Niagara

2

Ontario

1

Orange

1

Otsego

1

Queens

11

Rensselaer

1

Saratoga

1

Schenectady

1

Suffolk

3

Sullivan

1

Warren

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

67

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities was paused due to the weekend and resumed on 11/21/2022. Where noted, totals include three days of cumulative data from 11/19/2022-11/21/2022. 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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