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

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NEW YORK, US: People are seen around Covid-19 testing site in New York, United States on February 10, 2022. (Lokman Vural Elibol - Anadolu Agency)
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Dec 07, 2022 - 11:05 AM

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

“I urge New Yorkers to take advantage of all available tools to keep themselves and their loved ones 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 also 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), flu and COVID-19 and reduce the patient burden on local hospitals. Influenza is spreading quickly, with the number of laboratory-confirmed cases statewide and hospitalizations having spiked recently.

Governor Hochul previously launched a public awareness campaign featuring New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett speaking directly to New Yorkers about three viruses – 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 – 23.35
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 28.51
  • Test Results Reported – 85,156
  • Total Positive – 4,563
  • Percent Positive – 4.02%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 6.57%**
  • Patient Hospitalization – 3,434 (+220)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 1,301*
  • Patients in ICU – 311 (+23)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 107 (+1)
  • Total Discharges – 369,781 (+985)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 73*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 59,622*

** 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 Healthand 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 – 75,986

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:

RegionSaturday, December 3, 2022Sunday, December 4, 2022Monday, December 5, 2022
Capital Region13.4613.8713.90
Central New York9.609.529.27
Finger Lakes11.2911.3611.50
Long Island41.4342.4044.75
Mid-Hudson27.7828.0228.19
Mohawk Valley10.309.9810.71
New York City34.6434.7435.06
North Country12.2112.2112.24
Southern Tier17.0816.7016.54
Western New York9.949.619.67
Statewide27.8128.0028.51

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

RegionSaturday, December 3, 2022Sunday, December 4, 2022Monday, December 5, 2022
Capital Region5.80%6.01%6.12%
Central New York3.77%3.85%3.79%
Finger Lakes4.55%4.61%4.56%
Long Island8.70%8.76%8.67%
Mid-Hudson7.03%6.98%5.95%
Mohawk Valley4.15%3.93%3.90%
New York City7.56%7.54%6.70%
North Country5.81%5.67%5.60%
Southern Tier5.75%5.67%5.64%
Western New York6.72%6.55%6.70%
Statewide7.16%7.16%6.57%

** 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 NYCSaturday, December 3, 2022Sunday, December 4, 2022Monday, December 5, 2022
Bronx7.99%8.05%8.01%
Kings6.88%6.92%5.07%
New York6.82%6.71%6.57%
Queens8.89%8.83%8.85%
Richmond6.79%6.67%6.27%

** 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, 4,563 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,311,137. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany75,89821
Allegany10,4515
Broome56,60520
Cattaraugus18,7022
Cayuga19,7146
Chautauqua28,4877
Chemung25,9367
Chenango11,4783
Clinton21,6617
Columbia13,1795
Cortland12,8995
Delaware9,7344
Dutchess80,66244
Erie260,16384
Essex7,3692
Franklin11,7133
Fulton16,0369
Genesee16,1006
Greene10,4821
Hamilton1,061
Herkimer16,9314
Jefferson25,81312
Lewis7,1104
Livingston13,9475
Madison16,3075
Monroe185,33281
Montgomery14,5393
Nassau521,941527
Niagara57,78815
NYC2,941,1172,334
Oneida66,70139
Onondaga138,17419
Ontario25,14518
Orange132,26593
Orleans10,1942
Oswego33,37211
Otsego12,7966
Putnam29,99821
Rensselaer40,38316
Rockland113,30689
Saratoga59,32827
Schenectady42,10617
Schoharie6,3502
Schuyler4,2364
Seneca7,3693
St. Lawrence25,59210
Steuben24,5798
Suffolk538,959592
Sullivan23,40822
Tioga13,6104
Tompkins25,66617
Ulster41,06926
Warren18,1448
Washington15,1709
Wayne21,13811
Westchester318,907257
Wyoming9,7161
Yates4,301

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 Region1016867.30%3332.70%
Central New York693246.40%3753.60%
Finger Lakes2675922.10%20877.90%
Long Island70634048.20%36651.80%
Mid-Hudson38217245.00%21055.00%
Mohawk Valley201470.00%630.00%
New York City1,62466841.10%95658.90%
North Country522038.50%3261.50%
Southern Tier883034.10%5865.90%
Western New York1254233.60%8366.40%
Statewide3,4341,44542.10%1,98957.90%

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).

From Saturday, December 3rd to Monday, December 5, 73 new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 59,622. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

CountyNew Deaths
Bronx4
Chautauqua1
Chemung2
Chenango1
Dutchess2
Erie1
Greene1
Kings15
Monroe2
Nassau7
New York3
Orleans1
Oswego1
Otsego1
Queens11
Rockland2
Schenectady1
Suffolk10
Tompkins1
Ulster1
Westchester4
Yates1
Grand Total73

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 12/3/2022-12/5/2022. 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-BioNTech COVID-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.

Source: New York State

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