March 9, 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

14 Statewide Deaths Reported Yesterday

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating 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 every New Yorker 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 be sure to 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 health preparedness efforts this winter.

The New York State Department of Health recently launched a 12-week campaign on television, social media and streaming services to encourage New Yorkers with underlying medical conditions to recognize the importance of getting and staying up-to-date with the recommended COVID-19 bivalent booster to avoid serious illness or death. These conditions including being 65 or older, pregnant, obese, diabetic, or suffering from heart or lung disease, or having a weakened immune system.

Additionally, the Department of Health released its weekly flu surveillance report for the week ending on February 25 and showing influenza remaining geographically widespread throughout the state for a twenty-first consecutive week, with a total of 317,694 positive cases reported this season to date. The report found that confirmed cases statewide decreased 23 percent to 1,887 for the week, while overall hospitalizations were up 1 percent from the previous week, at 186 hospitalizations across the state.

There were two outbreaks in acute care and long-term care facilities, the report determined. There was one influenza-associated pediatric death reported for the week, for a total of 11 statewide.

With flu season continuing, Governor Hochul reminds all New Yorkers that it's not too late 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 - 6.83
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k - 6.37
  • Test Results Reported - 44,323
  • Total Positive - 1,335
  • Percent Positive - 2.71%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 2.51%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 1,562 (-68)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 200
  • Patients in ICU - 153 (-5)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation - 47 (+1)
  • Total Discharges - 405,736 (+240)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 14
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 61,964

** 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 - 78,828

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:

RegionMonday, March 6, 2023Tuesday, March 7, 2023Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Capital Region 8.497.947.51
Central New York 10.069.658.97
Finger Lakes 9.759.689.25
Long Island 6.706.555.84
Mid-Hudson 5.965.575.35
Mohawk Valley 7.577.367.57
New York City 5.225.284.84
North Country 12.7913.3012.04
Southern Tier 12.1212.1911.60
Western New York 9.739.269.04
Statewide 6.946.826.37

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

Region Monday, March 6, 2023Tuesday, March 7, 2023Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Capital Region5.75%5.58%5.11%
Central New York5.25%5.07%4.72%
Finger Lakes5.83%5.85%5.61%
Long Island2.44%2.29%2.22%
Mid-Hudson1.89%1.45%1.42%
Mohawk Valley4.80%5.26%5.48%
New York City1.87%1.66%1.59%
North Country7.12%6.84%6.45%
Southern Tier5.82%5.77%5.44%
Western New York9.18%8.75%8.85%
Statewide2.93%2.62%2.51%

** 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 Monday, March 6, 2023Tuesday, March 7, 2023Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Bronx1.77%1.72%1.70%
Kings1.44%1.21%1.10%
New York2.50%2.41%2.34%
Queens2.08%1.97%2.01%
Richmond2.15%1.79%1.68%

** 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, 1,335 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,633,088. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany79,42036
Allegany10,9025
Broome59,29630
Cattaraugus19,4178
Cayuga20,651 5
Chautauqua29,741 20
Chemung26,8456
Chenango11,907 3
Clinton22,943 8
Columbia14,0414
Cortland13,569 5
Delaware10,2452
Dutchess85,48217
Erie271,31079
Essex7,832 4
Franklin12,23914
Fulton16,75811
Genesee16,74310
Greene11,1301
Hamilton1,105-
Herkimer17,6165
Jefferson27,47313
Lewis7,4122
Livingston14,5165
Madison16,9843
Monroe193,74680
Montgomery15,17210
Nassau550,94090
Niagara60,06123
NYC3,090,363425
Oneida69,63615
Onondaga143,71429
Ontario26,43218
Orange140,67813
Orleans10,6552
Oswego34,95610
Otsego13,4254
Putnam31,7774
Rensselaer42,1358
Rockland119,19912
Saratoga62,00331
Schenectady44,06412
Schoharie6,6472
Schuyler4,3644
Seneca7,7543
St. Lawrence26,5879
Steuben25,5619
Suffolk569,77698
Sullivan24,8406
Tioga14,1905
Tompkins26,8717
Ulster43,56616
Warren19,0909
Washington16,0258
Wayne22,1048
Westchester336,68961
Wyoming10,0207
Yates4,4711

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:

RegionCOVID-19 Patients currently hospitalizedAdmitted due to COVID or complications of COVID% Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVIDAdmitted 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 Region1308061.5%5038.5%
Central New York814353.1%3846.9%
Finger Lakes2355824.7%17775.3%
Long Island22610144.7%12555.3%
Mid-Hudson1474832.7%9967.3%
Mohawk Valley302273.3%826.7%
New York City44017539.8%26560.2%
North Country442147.7%2352.3%
Southern Tier721926.4%5373.6%
Western New York1576742.7%9057.3%
Statewide1,56263440.6%92859.4%

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 14 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 61,964. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

CountyNew Deaths
Bronx1
Broome1
Erie1
Kings1
Onondaga1
Queens2
Saratoga1
Schenectady1
St. Lawrence1
Suffolk2
Tioga1
Westchester1
Grand Total14

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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