For Immediate Release: 12/19/2020
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
GOVERNOR CUOMO UPDATES NEW YORKERS ON STATE’S PROGRESS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

6,208 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide

1,088 Patients in the ICU; 610 Intubated

Statewide Positivity Rate is 5.18%

127 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the vaccine now in hand, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but how fast we get there all depends on our actions,” Governor Cuomo said. “From the moment we received the first dose, New York has been quickly and efficiently distributing the vaccine, all the while working around the clock with our hospitals to grow capacity and ensure they do not become overwhelmed. With this work underway, we also need to double down on efforts to slow the spread. New Yorkers have proven themselves time and time again throughout this pandemic, and I believe we can learn from what we saw during Thanksgiving. If we stay tough and be smart by socially distancing and wearing masks, we can avoid the holiday surge the experts are predicting and finally win this war.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

Test Results Reported – 191,476
Tested Positive – 9,919
Percent Positive – 5.18%
Patient Hospitalization – 6,208 (+127)
Patients Newly Admitted – 737
Hospital Counties – 55
Number ICU – 1,088 (+20)
Number ICU with Intubation – 610 (+18)
Total Discharges – 94,579 (+522)
Deaths – 127
Total Deaths – 28,474

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region’s population, is as follows:

Region

COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region

COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population

Percent of Hospital Beds Available in Region (7-Day Avg)

Capital Region

334

0.03%

24%

Central New York

399

0.05%

28%

Finger Lakes

750

0.06%

29%

Long Island

1,012

0.04%

25%

Mid-Hudson

767

0.03%

32%

Mohawk Valley

195

0.04%

31%

New York City

2,038

0.02%

26%

North Country

58

0.01%

47%

Southern Tier

178

0.03%

44%

Western New York

477

0.03%

27%

Statewide

6,208

0.03%

28%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

Region

Total ICU Beds in Region

Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region

Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)

Capital Region

228

181

32%

Central New York

290

202

33%

Finger Lakes

397

275

31%

Long Island

845

640

28%

Mid-Hudson

720

415

45%

Mohawk Valley

132

96

24%

New York City

2,443

1,717

29%

North Country

71

38

51%

Southern Tier

127

87

35%

Western New York

541

289

44%

NYS TOTAL

5,794

3,940

33%

Yesterday, 191,476 test results were reported to New York State, and 5.18 percent were positive. Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

REGION

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Capital Region

6.28%

6.49%

6.78%

Central New York

6.95%

6.89%

6.98%

Finger Lakes

8.26%

8.31%

8.45%

Long Island

5.97%

6.08%

6.19%

Mid-Hudson

6.14%

6.17%

6.27%

Mohawk Valley

8.03%

8.21%

8.24%

New York City

4.16%

4.14%

4.22%

North Country

4.46%

4.51%

4.59%

Southern Tier

2.36%

2.48%

2.46%

Western New York

6.57%

6.57%

6.64%

Statewide

5.24%

5.25%

5.36%

 Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

BOROUGH

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Bronx

4.55%

4.64%

4.78%

Brooklyn

4.22%

4.24%

4.33%

Manhattan

2.77%

2.75%

2.77%

Queens

4.81%

4.76%

4.80%

Staten Island

5.34%

5.11%

5.30%

 Of the 838,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

8,997

176

Allegany

1,537

35

Broome

6,938

45

Cattaraugus

2,011

35

Cayuga

1,953

69

Chautauqua

2,720

96

Chemung

4,028

37

Chenango

962

17

Clinton

777

28

Columbia

1,337

22

Cortland

1,688

33

Delaware

566

19

Dutchess

10,090

131

Erie

35,953

446

Essex

430

8

Franklin

558

18

Fulton

997

16

Genesee

2,000

177

Greene

969

16

Hamilton

81

4

Herkimer

1,401

34

Jefferson

1,265

49

Lewis

638

8

Livingston

1,352

34

Madison

1,820

59

Monroe

27,059

670

Montgomery

908

16

Nassau

75,421

763

Niagara

6,709

127

NYC

377,229

3,345

Oneida

9,178

266

Onondaga

17,267

407

Ontario

2,446

79

Orange

20,876

159

Orleans

1,018

30

Oswego

2,724

49

Otsego

990

21

Putnam

4,077

42

Rensselaer

3,091

100

Rockland

25,124

141

Saratoga

4,008

100

Schenectady

4,377

109

Schoharie

408

7

Schuyler

428

8

Seneca

566

15

St. Lawrence

1,546

35

Steuben

2,709

46

Suffolk

80,989

942

Sullivan

2,639

38

Tioga

1,451

12

Tompkins

1,728

18

Ulster

4,791

55

Warren

833

21

Washington

634

9

Wayne

1,937

56

Westchester

62,405

578

Wyoming

1,053

40

Yates

398

3

 Yesterday, 127 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 28,474. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

2

Allegany

1

Bronx

3

Broome

2

Cattaraugus

1

Chenango

1

Cortland

1

Dutchess

4

Erie

15

Essex

1

Genesee

2

Herkimer

2

Kings

9

Madison

2

Manhattan

6

Monroe

11

Montgomery

1

Nassau

4

Niagara

1

Oneida

1

Onondaga

5

Ontario

2

Orange

4

Queens

9

Richmond

4

Rockland

1

Saratoga

1

Schenectady

3

Schoharie

1

Steuben

5

Suffolk

10

Tompkins

1

Ulster

4

Wayne

1

Westchester

6

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