December 13, 2022
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Keep Using the Tools to Protect Against and Treat COVID-19: Vaccines, Boosters, Testing and Treatment

98 Statewide Deaths Reported from December 10 to December 12

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

"As respiratory illnesses, the flu, and COVID-19 spread throughout our state, I urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant and continue to use all available tools to keep themselves, their loved ones and their communities safe and healthy," Governor Hochul said. "Stay up to date on vaccine doses, and test before gatherings or travel this holiday season. If you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options."

Governor Hochul is urging New Yorkers to take common prevention measures — like staying up to date on vaccines and practicing proper hygiene — to protect from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the flu and COVID-19 and reduce the patient burden on local hospitals. Last week, the Governor updated New Yorkers on the state's winter health preparedness efforts.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC also cleared the way for children six months of age and older to receive the bivalent booster shot to increase protection against COVID-19. Previously, these shots were only available to children ages 5 and older.

The New York State Department of Health issued a report last week showing a 64 percent week-over-week jump in lab-confirmed flu cases across New York and week-over-week hospitalizations up 58 percent. Cases of influenza have now been detected in all 62 counties across the state, highlighting the need for New Yorkers to take steps and precautions that will reduce the risk of severe illness for children and adults.

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

The Governor also asked 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 - 23.31
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 27.79
  • Test Results Reported - 65,431
  • Total Positive - 4,555
  • Percent Positive - 5.28%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 6.83%**
  • Patient Hospitalization - 3,556 (+128)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 1,285*
  • Patients in ICU - 331 (-3)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 138 (+8)
  • Total Discharges - 373,012 (+1,029)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 98*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 59,834*

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services 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 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 - 76,219

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, December 10, 2022

Sunday, December11, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Capital Region

13.51

13.35

13.11

Central New York

10.59

10.98

11.26

Finger Lakes

11.29

11.27

10.76

Long Island

43.39

42.67

42.77

Mid-Hudson

29.51

29.53

29.46

Mohawk Valley

10.89

11.07

10.45

New York City

33.82

33.67

33.74

North Country

12.62

12.55

12.41

Southern Tier

14.92

14.96

14.94

Western New York

9.84

10.08

10.24

Statewide

27.93

27.79

27.79

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

Region

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Sunday, December11, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Capital Region

5.64%

5.61%

5.54%

Central New York

3.79%

3.88%

3.92%

Finger Lakes

4.82%

4.75%

4.66%

Long Island

8.89%

8.84%

8.93%

Mid-Hudson

6.74%

6.75%

7.22%

Mohawk Valley

3.84%

3.90%

3.95%

New York City

6.49%

6.48%

6.82%

North Country

4.64%

4.67%

4.60%

Southern Tier

5.56%

5.57%

5.48%

Western New York

7.26%

7.60%

7.88%

Statewide

6.58%

6.57%

6.83%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services 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, December 10, 2022

Sunday, December11, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022

Bronx

7.88%

7.84%

7.90%

Kings

4.60%

4.56%

5.14%

New York

6.86%

6.86%

6.93%

Queens

9.05%

9.10%

9.09%

Richmond

6.34%

6.42%

6.46%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services 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, 4,555 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,349,149. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

76,132

16

Allegany

10,474

3

Broome

56,790

8

Cattaraugus

18,731

-

Cayuga

19,785

9

Chautauqua

28,546

10

Chemung

26,034

8

Chenango

11,522

3

Clinton

21,756

6

Columbia

13,232

4

Cortland

12,935

3

Delaware

9,769

6

Dutchess

81,181

42

Erie

260,912

99

Essex

7,387

1

Franklin

11,746

4

Fulton

16,092

4

Genesee

16,153

5

Greene

10,526

4

Hamilton

1,064

-

Herkimer

16,955

4

Jefferson

25,939

17

Lewis

7,135

-

Livingston

13,972

2

Madison

16,356

5

Monroe

185,918

58

Montgomery

14,581

2

Nassau

525,850

565

Niagara

57,918

16

NYC

2,960,956

2,376

Oneida

66,868

20

Onondaga

138,536

41

Ontario

25,238

10

Orange

133,048

56

Orleans

10,215

1

Oswego

33,465

3

Otsego

12,839

6

Putnam

30,223

37

Rensselaer

40,480

8

Rockland

114,041

72

Saratoga

59,573

22

Schenectady

42,240

12

Schoharie

6,373

6

Schuyler

4,246

1

Seneca

7,390

1

St. Lawrence

25,656

6

Steuben

24,696

15

Suffolk

543,551

573

Sullivan

23,533

17

Tioga

13,673

6

Tompkins

25,776

19

Ulster

41,320

17

Warren

18,262

11

Washington

15,241

9

Wayne

21,214

2

Westchester

321,057

299

Wyoming

9,737

5

Yates

4,311

-

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

137

72

52.6%

65

47.4%

Central New York

74

41

55.4%

33

44.6%

Finger Lakes

277

74

26.7%

203

73.3%

Long Island

782

363

46.4%

419

53.6%

Mid-Hudson

382

173

45.3%

209

54.7%

Mohawk Valley

41

20

48.8%

21

51.2%

New York City

1,605

709

44.2%

896

55.8%

North Country

55

27

49.1%

28

50.9%

Southern Tier

84

30

35.7%

54

64.3%

Western New York

119

45

37.8%

74

62.2%

Statewide

3,556

1,554

43.7%

2,002

56.3%

The Omicron variant now represents more than 95 percent 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, December 10 to Monday, December 12, 98 new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,834. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Bronx

10

Broome

2

Chemung

3

Clinton

1

Cortland

1

Dutchess

2

Erie

3

Kings

10

Madison

1

Monroe

5

Montgomery

1

Nassau

6

New York

11

Niagara

1

Oneida

1

Onondaga

1

Orange

4

Queens

13

Rensselaer

2

Richmond

2

Schenectady

2

Suffolk

10

Warren

1

Washington

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

98

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities is not currently required on weekends or holidays. Where noted, totals include three days of cumulative data from 12/10/2022-12/12/2022. 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, 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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