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February 16, 2024

Governor Hochul Provides January 6th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress Combating COVID-19 – URBAN CNY

Governor Hochul Provides January 6th Update to New Yorkers on State’s Progress Combating COVID-19  URBAN CNY

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

26 Statewide Deaths Reported January 5th 

Governor Kathy Hochul on January 6th 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.

Earlier today, 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– 31.92
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 25.18
  • Test Results Reported– 64,879
  • Total Positive – 6,238
  • Percent Positive– 8.98%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive– 8.58%**
  • Patient Hospitalization– 4,157 (-98)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 623
  • Patients in ICU– 410 (-1)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation– 164 (+4)
  • Total Discharges– 384,703 (+684)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS– 26
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS– 60,595

** 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 – 77,026

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.

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 43,454,342
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 15,783
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 75,783
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older who are up to date –7%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series – 74.4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 76.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 who are up to date – 6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 5-11 with completed vaccine series – 8%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 5-11 with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 6%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 5-11 who are up to date –0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 0-4 with completed vaccine series –0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 0-4 who are up to date – 0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 3%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 5%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers who are up to date – 7%

Each region’s 7-day average of cases per 100K population is as follows:

Region Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Wednesday, January 4, 2023 Thursday, January 5, 2023
Capital Region 14.13 16.16 15.84
Central New York 12.14 13.01 13.91
Finger Lakes 12.27 12.15 12.81
Long Island 37.37 37.48 36.41
Mid-Hudson 29.03 29.59 29.37
Mohawk Valley 15.60 15.40 15.63
New York City 27.48 28.00 28.21
North Country 12.92 12.31 12.38
Southern Tier 14.67 14.65 14.83
Western New York 12.92 13.34 13.08
Statewide 24.76 25.22 25.18

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

Region Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Wednesday, January 4, 2023 Thursday, January 5, 2023
Capital Region 7.72% 8.89% 8.56%
Central New York 6.63% 7.43% 7.26%
Finger Lakes 6.77% 6.89% 7.21%
Long Island 10.07% 9.91% 9.66%
Mid-Hudson 9.07% 10.35% 10.04%
Mohawk Valley 8.72% 8.29% 8.21%
New York City 8.65% 8.11% 8.02%
North Country 6.88% 6.52% 6.47%
Southern Tier 7.51% 7.34% 7.40%
Western New York 13.16% 12.32% 12.77%
Statewide 8.80% 8.71% 8.58%

** 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 Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Wednesday, January 4, 2023 Thursday, January 5, 2023
Bronx 10.29% 9.48% 9.40%
Kings 6.73% 6.39% 6.29%
New York 8.26% 7.27% 7.19%
Queens 10.81% 10.37% 10.40%
Richmond 9.25% 9.00% 8.56%

** 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, 6,238 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,473,463. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany                                                      77,138                                                                      57
Allegany                                                      10,602                                                                      13
Broome                                                      57,554                                                                      38
Cattaraugus                                                      18,945                                                                      13
Cayuga                                                      19,986                                                                      13
Chautauqua                                                      28,865                                                                      33
Chemung                                                      26,260                                                                      10
Chenango                                                      11,650                                                                        6
Clinton                                                      22,045                                                                      16
Columbia                                                      13,497                                                                      13
Cortland                                                      13,079                                                                        7
Delaware                                                         9,932                                                                      13
Dutchess                                                      82,894                                                                      77
Erie                                                    264,016                                                                   169
Essex                                                         7,508                                                                        7
Franklin                                                      11,874                                                                      10
Fulton                                                      16,280                                                                      13
Genesee                                                      16,315                                                                      11
Greene                                                      10,715                                                                        8
Hamilton                                                         1,084                                                                        1
Herkimer                                                      17,110                                                                        2
Jefferson                                                      26,362                                                                      32
Lewis                                                         7,206                                                                        4
Livingston                                                      14,146                                                                      12
Madison                                                      16,504                                                                      10
Monroe                                                    188,368                                                                   159
Montgomery                                                      14,760                                                                      10
Nassau                                                    539,114                                                                   580
Niagara                                                      58,519                                                                      55
NYC                                                3,021,887                                                                2,978
Oneida                                                      67,682                                                                      70
Onondaga                                                    139,945                                                                   119
Ontario                                                      25,635                                                                      27
Orange                                                    136,494                                                                   179
Orleans                                                      10,337                                                                      14
Oswego                                                      33,844                                                                      14
Otsego                                                      13,016                                                                      12
Putnam                                                      30,880                                                                      35
Rensselaer                                                      40,944                                                                      34
Rockland                                                    116,531                                                                   136
Saratoga                                                      60,337                                                                      37
Schenectady                                                      42,760                                                                      35
Schoharie                                                         6,470                                                                        5
Schuyler                                                         4,289                                                                        1
Seneca                                                         7,504                                                                      17
St. Lawrence                                                      25,875                                                                        3
Steuben                                                      24,969                                                                      20
Suffolk                                                    558,051                                                                   618
Sullivan                                                      23,998                                                                      19
Tioga                                                      13,835                                                                      12
Tompkins                                                      26,049                                                                      18
Ulster                                                      42,042                                                                      34
Warren                                                      18,520                                                                      13
Washington                                                      15,439                                                                        8
Wayne                                                      21,502                                                                      13
Westchester                                                    328,129                                                                   366
Wyoming                                                         9,802                                                                        7
Yates                                                         4,369                                                                        2

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 189 106 56.1% 83 43.9%
Central New York 84 50 59.5% 34 40.5%
Finger Lakes 288 83 28.8% 205 71.2%
Long Island 856 401 46.8% 455 53.2%
Mid-Hudson 500 202 40.4% 298 59.6%
Mohawk Valley 50 27 54.0% 23 46.0%
New York City 1,866 779 41.7% 1,087 58.3%
North Country 46 23 50.0% 23 50.0%
Southern Tier 79 23 29.1% 56 70.9%
Western New York 199 72 36.2% 127 63.8%
Statewide 4,157 1,766 42.5% 2,391 57.5%

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 26 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 60,595. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

County New Deaths
Bronx 2
Cortland 1
Essex 1
Kings 4
Nassau 1
New York 2
Onondaga 1
Orange 2
Otsego 1
Queens 4
Rockland 1
Saratoga 1
St. Lawrence 1
Suffolk 3
Westchester 1
Grand Total 26

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.

A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated and boosted by region is as follows:

Regional Vaccination Data by Provider Location
People with complete vaccine series People who are up to date
Region Cumulative
Total
Cumulative
Total
Capital Region 909,297 209,652
Central New York 615,884 136,577
Finger Lakes 831,425 220,893
Long Island 2,020,596 344,097
Mid-Hudson 1,572,735 311,200
Mohawk Valley 311,408 63,670
New York City 7,449,672 881,975
North Country 284,625 58,882
Southern Tier 419,475 97,652
Western New York 909,799 209,526
Statewide  15,324,916 2,534,124
Booster/Additional Shots
Region Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 7 days
Capital Region 805,874 3,631
Central New York 535,800 2,152
Finger Lakes 849,530 4,035
Long Island 1,823,853 8,370
Mid-Hudson 1,485,617 7,174
Mohawk Valley 274,045 1,126
New York City 4,711,231 26,145
North Country 249,019 915
Southern Tier 382,410 1,608
Western New York 873,750 2,932
Statewide  11,991,129 58,088

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally reported data, which is inclusive of federally administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above.

The vaccination data reported in today’s release has been updated to include New Yorkers who are “up to date.” Up to date represents the total number of individuals who have completed all COVID-19 vaccinations, including the bivalent booster, as appropriate per age and clinical recommendations (CDC At-A-Glance COVID-19 Vaccination Schedules).