January 9, 2023
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

39 Statewide Deaths Reported on Friday, January 6

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combatting COVID-19 and outlined basic steps they can take to protect against the spread of viral respiratory infections that become more common in the winter season.

"I urge everyone 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. 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. The Governor reiterated these basic steps when she updated New Yorkers on the state's winter health preparedness efforts last month.

Last week, the state Department of Health announced that the XBB.1.5. variant is now the most dominant strain in New York, accounting for more than 50 percent of COVID-19 infections statewide. Emerging at a time when both COVID-19 and flu cases remain high, early data indicates that XBB.1.5. is more transmissible than other circulating variants, though there is not yet clear evidence of significant changes to virulence or severity of disease.

The state Department of Health's weekly flu surveillance report shows influenza remaining widespread throughout the state for a thirteenth consecutive week, with a total of 278,886 positive cases across all 62 counties reported to date. The report found that confirmed cases statewide dropped 41 percent, while overall hospitalizations were down 7 percent from the previous week ending on Dec. 31 at 2,375 hospitalizations across the state.

Additionally, there were 43 outbreaks in acute care and long-term care facilities, the report determined. There was one additional pediatric death, leaving the total at six statewide.

With flu season continuing and infections remaining widespread, Governor Hochul encourages all New Yorkers to get their annual flu vaccine. 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 Health Department 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. For information about flu vaccine clinics, contact the local health department or visit vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/.

Governor Hochul also continues to urge New Yorkers to get their bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Recently, the New York State Department of Health announced new guidance for bivalent COVID-19 booster doses, which are now available for eligible children down to 6 months of age.

The updated boosters are the first to be targeted to the original virus strain and recently circulating variants and are recommended for young New Yorkers and all those eligible. 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.

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Cases Per 100k - 16.26
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 24.49
  • Total Positive - 3,178
  • Percent Positive - 7.94%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 7.93%**
  • Patient Hospitalization - 4,044 (-113)*
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 663*
  • Patients in ICU - 397 (-13)*
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 154 (-10)*
  • Total Discharges - 385,396 (+693)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 39*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 60,635*

** 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 - 77,163

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

Friday, January 6, 2023

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Capital Region 

15.84

16.06

16.00

Central New York 

14.30

15.03

15.35

Finger Lakes 

13.09

13.28

13.13

Long Island 

35.46

34.16

33.01

Mid-Hudson 

29.29

29.10

28.22

Mohawk Valley 

16.10

15.93

15.90

New York City 

28.39

27.84

27.91

North Country 

12.51

13.09

13.26

Southern Tier 

13.47

13.52

13.52

Western New York 

12.93

12.80

12.98

Statewide  

25.11

24.71

24.49

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

Region

Friday, January 6, 2023

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Capital Region

8.44%

8.44%

8.34%

Central New York

7.06%

7.10%

7.04%

Finger Lakes

6.99%

6.99%

6.91%

Long Island

9.27%

8.94%

8.60%

Mid-Hudson

8.83%

9.20%

9.10%

Mohawk Valley

8.35%

8.04%

8.12%

New York City

7.10%

7.55%

7.44%

North Country

6.53%

6.97%

6.86%

Southern Tier

6.88%

6.84%

6.86%

Western New York

12.04%

11.82%

11.90%

Statewide

7.81%

8.07%

7.93%

** 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

Friday, January 6, 2023

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Bronx

9.33%

9.14%

9.06%

Kings

4.82%

5.71%

5.56%

New York

6.95%

6.85%

6.83%

Queens

10.17%

10.09%

9.90%

Richmond

7.77%

7.78%

7.61%

** 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, 3,178 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,486,720. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

77,269

34

Allegany

10,626

7

Broome

57,640

18

Cattaraugus

18,968

11

Cayuga

20,021

7

Chautauqua

28,908

13

Chemung

26,288

5

Chenango

11,661

2

Clinton

22,088

10

Columbia

13,517

3

Cortland

13,098

-

Delaware

9,955

4

Dutchess

83,063

28

Erie

264,330

75

Essex

7,521

2

Franklin

11,893

7

Fulton

16,305

2

Genesee

16,335

4

Greene

10,741

2

Hamilton

1,087

1

Herkimer

17,132

5

Jefferson

26,411

7

Lewis

7,25

1

Livingston

14,166

3

Madison

16,521

5

Monroe

188,674

64

Montgomery

14,785

4

Nassau

540,325

290

Niagara

58,570

12

NYC

3,028,538

1,680

Oneida

67,787

26

Onondaga

140,140

50

Ontario

25,694

12

Orange

136,858

74

Orleans

10,352

4

Oswego

33,924

18

Otsego

13,039

7

Putnam

30,969

15

Rensselaer

41,002

8

Rockland

116,776

44

Saratoga

60,426

22

Schenectady

42,832

17

Schoharie

6,478

-

Schuyler

4,292

1

Seneca

7,525

5

St. Lawrence

25,902

4

Steuben

24,994

7

Suffolk

559,374

325

Sullivan

24,061

19

Tioga

13,851

3

Tompkins

26,078

3

Ulster

42,116

12

Warren

18,549

6

Washington

15,465

4

Wayne

21,544

11

Westchester

328,859

170

Wyoming

9,807

1

Yates

4,375

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

183

104

56.8%

79

43.2%

Central New York

87

43

49.4%

44

50.6%

Finger Lakes

289

86

29.8%

203

70.2%

Long Island

847

404

47.7%

443

52.3%

Mid-Hudson

483

197

40.8%

286

59.2%

Mohawk Valley

50

24

48.0%

26

52.0%

New York City

1,762

713

40.5%

1,049

59.5%

North Country

51

25

49.0%

26

51.0%

Southern Tier

81

21

25.9%

60

74.1%

Western New York

211

83

39.3%

128

60.7%

Statewide

4,044

1,700

42.0%

2,344

58.0%

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).

On Friday, January 6th, there were 39 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 60,635. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Bronx

5

Columbia

1

Erie

2

Kings

7

Montgomery

1

Nassau

5

New York

1

Orange

1

Oswego

1

Queens

5

Richmond

1

Schenectady

1

Steuben

1

Suffolk

2

Warren

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

39

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities is not currently required on weekends or holidays. Data marked with an asterisk were reported on Friday, January 6th. The survey will resume today and will be displayed in tomorrow's report.

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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