February 6, 2023
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

25 Statewide Deaths Reported on February 3

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 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. "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."

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 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.

The New York State Department of Health's weekly flu surveillance report for the week ending January 28, shows influenza remaining widespread throughout the state for a seventeenth consecutive week, with a total of 308,279 positive cases across 57 counties reported to date. The report found that confirmed cases statewide dropped 34 percent to 2,937 for the week, while overall hospitalizations were down 35 percent from the previous week, at 304 hospitalizations across the state.

Additionally, there were 6 outbreaks in acute care and long-term care facilities, the report determined. There was one influenza-associated pediatric death reported bringing the total to nine 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. In December, 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 - 7.43
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 13.40
  • Test Results Reported - 25,835
  • Total Positive - 1,452
  • Percent Positive - 5.18%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 5.63%**
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,391 (-79)*
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 371*
  • Patients in ICU - 264 (+10)*
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 94 (-5)*
  • Total Discharges - 397,204 (+392)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 25*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 61,431*

** 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 - 78,119

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, February 3, 2023

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Capital Region

15.50

15.55

15.76

Central New York

15.46

15.70

15.97

Finger Lakes

11.98

11.86

11.83

Long Island

12.88

13.22

13.74

Mid-Hudson

14.89

15.61

16.28

Mohawk Valley

13.16

13.25

13.54

New York City

12.95

13.39

14.06

North Country

13.98

14.05

14.25

Southern Tier

11.64

11.62

11.33

Western New York

13.84

13.93

14.40

Statewide

13.40

13.74

14.24

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

Region

Friday, February 3, 2023

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Capital Region

9.15%

9.40%

9.47%

Central New York

8.09%

8.21%

8.30%

Finger Lakes

6.56%

6.54%

6.44%

Long Island

4.27%

4.23%

4.42%

Mid-Hudson

6.63%

6.77%

7.05%

Mohawk Valley

7.49%

7.75%

7.60%

New York City

4.48%

4.54%

4.68%

North Country

7.38%

7.43%

7.37%

Southern Tier

6.42%

6.39%

6.21%

Western New York

12.61%

12.60%

12.77%

Statewide

5.63%

5.67%

5.80%

** 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, February3, 2023

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Bronx

5.26%

5.24%

5.09%

Kings

4.29%

4.07%

4.06%

New York

4.37%

4.20%

4.26%

Queens

5.00%

4.94%

4.83%

Richmond

5.19%

5.13%

4.85%

** 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.

On Friday, February 3rd, 1,452 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,577,261. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

78,508

22

Allegany

10,742

2

Broome

58,480

13

Cattaraugus

19,191

3

Cayuga

20,366

11

Chautauqua

29,300

6

Chemung

26,516

5

Chenango

11,774

3

Clinton

22,434

12

Columbia

13,780

5

Cortland

13,272

6

Delaware

10,136

8

Dutchess

84,588

21

Erie

267,913

75

Essex

7,641

4

Franklin

12,021

1

Fulton

16,540

1

Genesee

16,520

1

Greene

10,965

2

Hamilton

1,096

-

Herkimer

17,432

7

Jefferson

27,043

12

Lewis

7,318

1

Livingston

14,326

5

Madison

16,743

2

Monroe

191,162

58

Montgomery

15,003

4

Nassau

547,129

131

Niagara

59,358

17

NYC

3,070,436

612

Oneida

68,830

7

Onondaga

142,078

32

Ontario

26,077

8

Orange

139,433

38

Orleans

10,517

3

Oswego

34,521

15

Otsego

13,286

5

Putnam

31,532

5

Rensselaer

41,603

12

Rockland

118,479

23

Saratoga

61,270

22

Schenectady

43,525

16

Schoharie

6,556

-

Schuyler

4,311

-

Seneca

7,637

1

St. Lawrence

26,127

2

Steuben

25,195

2

Suffolk

565,912

98

Sullivan

24,554

4

Tioga

13,981

1

Tompkins

26,399

9

Ulster

43,026

12

Warren

18,826

5

Washington

15,717

6

Wayne

21,797

4

Westchester

334,007

62

Wyoming

9,894

5

Yates

4,438

5

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

141

97

68.8%

44

31.2%

Central New York

101

62

61.4%

39

38.6%

Finger Lakes

245

66

26.9%

179

73.1%

Long Island

355

165

46.5%

190

53.5%

Mid-Hudson

286

128

44.8%

158

55.2%

Mohawk Valley

46

26

56.5%

20

43.5%

New York City

965

373

38.7%

592

61.3%

North Country

59

34

57.6%

25

42.4%

Southern Tier

51

18

35.3%

33

64.7%

Western New York

142

56

39.4%

86

60.6%

Statewide

2,391

1,025

42.9%

1,366

57.1%

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, there were 25 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 61,431. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County

New Deaths

Bronx

1

Broome

1

Chenango

1

Greene

1

Kings

3

Livingston

2

Nassau

2

New York

4

Onondaga

1

Orange

1

Queens

4

Saratoga

1

Suffolk

1

Tompkins

1

Westchester

1

Grand Total

25

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, February 3rd. 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.

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

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