Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State’s Progress Combating COVID-19 – ny.gov

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

“As New Yorkers celebrate Halloween today with friends, family and neighbors, I urge everyone to remain vigilant and 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 also announced earlier this month that children ages 5 and older may now receive the bivalent booster shots that are recommended to increase protection against COVID-19. The State Department of Health updated its guidance after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its clinical guidance, which collectively will allow more children to safely boost their immunity against COVID-19.

The Governor continues to urge 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 is encouraging New Yorkers to get their annual flu vaccine as flu season is already widespread across New York State. The flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 are both currently 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 earlier this month. 

Last week, Governor Hochul and the state Department of Health warned New Yorkers that COVID-19, seasonal flu, and RSV cases are all rising and encouraged New Yorkers to get flu and COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and take important prevention steps including distancing, masking and hygiene during the cold weather months. 

For information about flu vaccine clinics, contact the local health department or visit vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:    

1.    Cases Per 100k – 13.59
2.    7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 20.20
3.    Test Results Reported – 36,849
4.    Total Positive – 2,656
5.    Percent Positive – 6.59%**     
6.    7-Day Average Percent Positive – 5.98%**      
7.    Patient Hospitalization – 2,801 (-53)*
8.    Patients Newly Admitted – 425*
9.    Patients in ICU – 269 (-8)*
10. Patients in ICU with Intubation – 110 (-9)*
11. Total Discharges – 356,237 (+442)*
12. New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 29*  
13. Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 58,751*  

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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 (HHS) 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 – 74,996

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, October 28, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Capital Region 

16.05

15.73

16.71

Central New York 

16.14

15.44

15.11

Finger Lakes 

14.37

14.12

14.06

Long Island 

23.25

23.55

23.74

Mid-Hudson 

19.55

19.79

19.52

Mohawk Valley 

16.81

16.60

16.31

New York City 

21.86

22.21

22.36

North Country 

14.83

14.42

14.46

Southern Tier 

17.94

17.90

17.83

Western New York 

16.68

16.81

16.01

Statewide 

20.01

20.16

20.20

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

Region 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Capital Region

7.92%

7.97%

8.15%

Central New York

6.83%

6.63%

6.53%

Finger Lakes

6.69%

6.66%

6.55%

Long Island

6.16%

6.25%

6.29%

Mid-Hudson

5.46%

5.41%

5.46%

Mohawk Valley

7.90%

7.97%

7.77%

New York City

5.10%

5.21%

5.31%

North Country

7.40%

7.12%

6.91%

Southern Tier

7.61%

7.56%

7.45%

Western New York

10.45%

10.45%

10.14%

Statewide

5.88%

5.93%

5.98%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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, October 28, 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Bronx

5.62%

5.73%

5.94%

Kings

3.99%

4.05%

4.07%

New York

5.61%

5.88%

5.94%

Queens

6.15%

6.20%

6.38%

Richmond

5.23%

5.36%

5.41%

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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, 2,656 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,164,090. A geographic breakdown is as follows:       

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

                                             74,650

                                                               32

Allegany

                                             10,320

                                                                 4

Broome

                                             55,618

                                                               19

Cattaraugus

                                             18,499

                                                                 4

Cayuga

                                             19,464

                                                               12

Chautauqua

                                             28,190

                                                               10

Chemung

                                             25,356

                                                               16

Chenango

                                             11,246

                                                                 1

Clinton

                                             21,294

                                                               11

Columbia

                                             12,931

                                                                 6

Cortland

                                             12,723

                                                                 6

Delaware

                                               9,586

                                                                 3

Dutchess

                                             78,816

                                                               37

Erie

                                           256,860

                                                               63

Essex

                                               7,242

                                                                 7

Franklin

                                             11,586

                                                                 3

Fulton

                                             15,785

                                                               13

Genesee

                                             15,874

                                                                 3

Greene

                                             10,306

                                                                 2

Hamilton

                                               1,031

                                                                –  

Herkimer

                                             16,730

                                                                 9

Jefferson

                                             25,249

                                                               15

Lewis

                                               7,026

                                                                 1

Livingston

                                             13,752

                                                                 5

Madison

                                             16,092

                                                                 6

Monroe

                                           182,498

                                                               67

Montgomery

                                             14,361

                                                                 7

Nassau

                                           507,406

                                                             251

Niagara

                                             57,093

                                                               13

NYC

                                      

2,861,978

                                                          1,307

Oneida

                                             65,855

                                                               13

Onondaga

                                           136,722

                                                               30

Ontario

                                             24,700

                                                               16

Orange

                                           129,540

                                                               59

Orleans

                                             10,074

                                                                 3

Oswego

                                             32,997

                                                               19

Otsego

                                             12,629

                                                                 2

Putnam

                                             29,281

                                                               14

Rensselaer

                                             39,739

                                                               13

Rockland

                                           110,738

                                                               26

Saratoga

                                             58,438

                                                               73

Schenectady

                                             41,489

                                                               21

Schoharie

                                               6,243

                                                                 3

Schuyler

                                               4,177

                                                                 1

Seneca

                                               7,240

                                                                 3

St. Lawrence

                                             25,339

                                                                 5

Steuben

                                             24,096

                                                                 8

Suffolk

                                           525,081

                                                             223

Sullivan

                                             22,835

                                                               17

Tioga

                                             13,360

                                                                 4

Tompkins

                                             25,214

                                                                 1

Ulster

                                             40,175

                                                               14

Warren

                                             17,773

                                                               17

Washington

                                             14,905

                                                                 6

Wayne

                                             20,808

                                                                 6

Westchester

                                           311,228

                                                             124

Wyoming

                                               9,610

                                                                 1

Yates

                                               4,242

                                                                 1

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

165

100

60.6%

65

39.4%

Central New York

99

62

62.6%

37

37.4%

Finger Lakes

297

79

26.6%

218

73.4%

Long Island

463

196

42.3%

267

57.7%

Mid-Hudson

303

110

36.3%

193

63.7%

Mohawk Valley

55

33

60.0%

22

40.0%

New York City

1,094

418

38.2%

676

61.8%

North Country

71

30

42.3%

41

57.7%

Southern Tier

104

37

35.6%

67

64.4%

Western New York

150

70

46.7%

80

53.3%

Statewide

2,801

1,135

40.5%

1,666

59.5%

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).      

On Friday, October 28, there were 29 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 58,751. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:     

County

New Deaths                                   

Albany

1

Kings

2

Monroe

2

Nassau

4

New York

3

Niagara

3

Queens

2

Rensselaer

3

Richmond

1

Saratoga

1

Suffolk

4

Sullivan

1

Westchester

2

Grand Total

29

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities is not currently required on weekends or holidays. The survey will resume today and the facility/death data will be displayed in tomorrow’s report. The numbers with an asterisk were reported on Friday, October 28.

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 (FQHCs), 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.