Governor Kathy Hochul today 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. 

“As we continue to welcome the new year, 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 recently updated New Yorkers on the state’s winter health preparedness efforts.   

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.

The Health Department’s weekly flu surveillance report, with data through Dec. 24, showed influenza remaining widespread throughout the state for a twelfth consecutive week, with a total of 255,981 positive cases across all 62 counties reported to date. The report found that confirmed cases statewide dropped 23 percent, while overall hospitalizations were down 14 percent from the previous week ending on Dec. 24 at 2,501 hospitalizations across the state.

Additionally, there were 43 outbreaks in acute care and long-term care facilities, the report determined. There were also no additional pediatric deaths, leaving the total at five 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. 

Governor Hochul also 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. 

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 – 21.39
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 24.76
  • Test Results Reported – 41,194
  • Total Positive – 4,180
  • Percent Positive – 9.44%**
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 8.80%**
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,350 (+390)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 2,062*
  • Patients in ICU – 433 (+20)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 163 (-11)
  • Total Discharges – 383,349 (+1,474)*
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 124*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 60,533*

** 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 – 76,985

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

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Monday, January 2, 2023

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Capital Region 

13.56

13.76

14.13

Central New York 

10.81

11.70

12.14

Finger Lakes 

12.03

12.14

12.27

Long Island 

36.55

37.35

37.37

Mid-Hudson 

27.93

28.38

29.03

Mohawk Valley 

14.81

14.75

15.60

New York City 

26.41

27.23

27.48

North Country 

11.80

12.38

12.92

Southern Tier 

13.79

14.51

14.67

Western New York 

10.37

11.32

12.92

Statewide 

23.70

24.38

24.76

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
















Region 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Monday, January 2, 2023

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Capital Region

7.63%

7.52%

7.72%

Central New York

6.22%

6.48%

6.63%

Finger Lakes

6.68%

6.64%

6.77%

Long Island

10.05%

10.09%

10.07%

Mid-Hudson

8.78%

9.06%

9.07%

Mohawk Valley

8.20%

8.21%

8.72%

New York City

8.49%

8.59%

8.65%

North Country

6.43%

6.72%

6.88%

Southern Tier

7.28%

7.53%

7.51%

Western New York

12.41%

12.60%

13.16%

Statewide

8.60%

8.71%

8.80%

** 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 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Monday, January 2, 2023

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Bronx

10.08%

10.27%

10.29%

Kings

6.52%

6.54%

6.73%

New York

8.52%

8.57%

8.26%

Queens

10.54%

10.71%

10.81%

Richmond

8.95%

9.21%

9.25%

** 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, 4,180 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 6,460,647. A geographic breakdown is as follows:        






























































County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

77,012

50

Allegany

10,582

11

Broome

57,468

35

Cattaraugus

18,922

16

Cayuga

19,960

13

Chautauqua

28,805

21

Chemung

26,245

8

Chenango

11,637

4

Clinton

22,015

20

Columbia

13,401

14

Cortland

13,061

5

Delaware

9,913

5

Dutchess

82,738

76

Erie

263,712

126

Essex

7,495

4

Franklin

11,858

3

Fulton

16,257

6

Genesee

16,298

8

Greene

10,656

7

Hamilton

1,082

1

Herkimer

17,092

9

Jefferson

26,308

13

Lewis

7,199

3

Livingston

14,124

6

Madison

16,488

3

Monroe

188,129

84

Montgomery

14,740

3

Nassau

537,885

407

Niagara

58,439

20

NYC

3,015,611

1,903

Oneida

67,568

56

Onondaga

139,745

60

Ontario

25,590

10

Orange

136,120

145

Orleans

10,320

3

Oswego

33,803

21

Otsego

12,994

8

Putnam

30,810

23

Rensselaer

40,882

13

Rockland

116,260

98

Saratoga

60,242

27

Schenectady

42,696

15

Schoharie

6,462

5

Schuyler

4,287

1

Seneca

7,482

4

St. Lawrence

25,864

15

Steuben

24,935

8

Suffolk

556,780

427

Sullivan

23,940

19

Tioga

13,814

8

Tompkins

26,007

19

Ulster

41,971

37

Warren

18,492

13

Washington

15,427

10

Wayne

21,473

9

Westchester

327,397

237

Wyoming

9,791

2

Yates

4,363

3

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

179

105

58.7%

74

41.3%

Central New York

76

51

67.1%

25

32.9%

Finger Lakes

328

107

32.6%

221

67.4%

Long Island

912

430

47.1%

482

52.9%

Mid-Hudson

514

221

43.0%

293

57.0%

Mohawk Valley

49

21

42.9%

28

57.1%

New York City

1,957

900

46.0%

1,057

54.0%

North Country

48

23

47.9%

25

52.1%

Southern Tier

76

24

31.6%

52

68.4%

Western New York

211

83

39.3%

128

60.7%

Statewide

4,350

1,965

45.2%

2,385

54.8%

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).      

Between December 31 and January 3, there were 124 total new deaths reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 60,533. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:







































County

New Deaths

Albany

1

Bronx

7

Cattaraugus

1

Cayuga

1

Clinton

1

Columbia

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

6

Essex

1

Greene

1

Jefferson

1

Kings

12

Livingston

2

Monroe

2

Nassau

15

New York

8

Oneida

1

Onondaga

2

Ontario

1

Orange

2

Orleans

1

Oswego

2

Queens

19

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

3

Rockland

1

Saratoga

4

Suffolk

12

Sullivan

1

Ulster

3

Warren

2

Wayne

1

Westchester

7

Grand Total

124

Important Note: HERDS data collection from health care facilities is not currently required on weekends or holidays. Where noted, totals include four days of cumulative data from 12/31/2022-01/03/2023. 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-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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