November 23, 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

31 Statewide Deaths Reported on November 22

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 families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, 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."

In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday this week, Governor Hochul urged New Yorkers to take common prevention measures -like staying up to date on vaccines and practicing proper hygiene -to protect from these viruses and reduce the patient burden on local hospitals. 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 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 - 18.98
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 18.61
  • Test Results Reported - 52,903
  • Total Positive - 3,709
  • Percent Positive - 6.71%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.95%**
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,882 (-37)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 442
  • Patients in ICU - 281 (-6)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 96 (-5)
  • Total Discharges - 364,852 (+438)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 31
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 59,320

** 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

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Capital Region

8.91

9.07

8.72

Central New York

7.83

7.90

7.63

Finger Lakes

9.35

9.45

9.38

Long Island

24.31

24.31

23.77

Mid-Hudson

18.21

17.65

17.71

Mohawk Valley

8.92

8.71

8.89

New York City

24.69

24.65

24.32

North Country

8.39

7.67

7.47

Southern Tier

12.43

12.10

11.83

Western New York

7.28

6.92

6.59

Statewide

19.00

18.88

18.61

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

Region

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Capital Region

4.78%

4.80%

4.73%

Central New York

3.63%

3.71%

3.81%

Finger Lakes

4.28%

4.29%

4.17%

Long Island

6.16%

6.21%

6.30%

Mid-Hudson

6.07%

5.96%

6.08%

Mohawk Valley

4.34%

4.29%

4.29%

New York City

6.33%

6.34%

6.44%

North Country

4.47%

4.32%

4.52%

Southern Tier

5.38%

4.92%

5.20%

Western New York

5.21%

5.07%

5.12%

Statewide

5.88%

5.87%

5.95%

** 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 20, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bronx

7.06%

6.99%

7.11%

Kings

5.77%

5.82%

5.91%

New York

6.28%

6.31%

6.32%

Queens

6.95%

7.01%

7.10%

Richmond

4.98%

4.82%

5.17%

** 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, 3,709 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,250,706. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

75,450

27

Allegany

10,396

2

Broome

56,238

27

Cattaraugus

18,648

5

Cayuga

19,636

6

Chautauqua

28,390

4

Chemung

25,750

22

Chenango

11,387

5

Clinton

21,495

7

Columbia

13,108

9

Cortland

12,837

3

Delaware

9,685

1

Dutchess

79,872

47

Erie

259,074

90

Essex

7,336

3

Franklin

11,662

2

Fulton

15,935

6

Genesee

16,033

7

Greene

10,413

5

Hamilton

1,054

2

Herkimer

16,859

6

Jefferson

25,649

14

Lewis

7,069

2

Livingston

13,875

5

Madison

16,241

10

Monroe

184,340

93

Montgomery

14,485

5

Nassau

515,433

353

Niagara

57,583

23

NYC

2,908,643

2,013

Oneida

66,461

22

Onondaga

137,709

31

Ontario

25,002

5

Orange

131,134

62

Orleans

10,149

3

Oswego

33,236

3

Otsego

12,728

3

Putnam

29,694

29

Rensselaer

40,127

12

Rockland

112,172

68

Saratoga

59,019

26

Schenectady

41,888

11

Schoharie

6,316

4

Schuyler

4,209

-

Seneca

7,336

3

St. Lawrence

25,514

4

Steuben

24,398

17

Suffolk

532,466

297

Sullivan

23,209

15

Tioga

13,520

2

Tompkins

25,501

12

Ulster

40,739

17

Warren

18,009

8

Washington

15,050

2

Wayne

21,009

5

Westchester

315,569

237

Wyoming

9,682

4

Yates

4,284

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

125

78

62.40%

47

37.60%

Central New York

74

35

47.30%

39

52.70%

Finger Lakes

266

80

30.10%

186

69.90%

Long Island

523

245

46.80%

278

53.20%

Mid-Hudson

282

112

39.70%

170

60.30%

Mohawk Valley

27

13

48.10%

14

51.90%

New York City

1,334

527

39.50%

807

60.50%

North Country

42

25

59.50%

17

40.50%

Southern Tier

75

26

34.70%

49

65.30%

Western New York

134

41

30.60%

93

69.40%

Statewide

2,882

1,182

41.00%

1,700

59.00%

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 31 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,320. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Cayuga

1

Clinton

1

Dutchess

1

Kings

3

Madison

1

Monroe

2

Nassau

1

New York

4

Onondaga

1

Oswego

1

Queens

3

Richmond

1

Schenectady

1

Schuyler

1

St. Lawrence

2

Steuben

1

Suffolk

2

Tioga

1

Westchester

1

Grand Total

31

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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