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SUNDAY COVID UPDATE: 22,478 new cases, 542 newly admitted to ICU in New York

Governor Kathy Hochul gave another daily update on the state’s progress battling COVID-19. It was another day of record-high positive test results.

“We must stay vigilant against the winter COVID-19 surge by taking the proper precautions against the spread of this virus,” Governor Hochul said. “This is not March of 2020, we are not defenseless. We have the tools to protect ourselves and the vulnerable loves ones in our families: Get vaccinated, get the booster and wear a mask when indoors or in large gatherings. Don’t take a chance during the winter surge.”


Sunday’s data is summarized below: 

  • Test Results Reported – 267,422
  • Total Positive – 22,478
  • Percent Positive – 8.41%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 6.88%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 3,880 (-29)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 542
  • Patients in ICU – 761 (+16)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 448 (+11)
  • Total Discharges – 223,318 (+540)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 58
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 47,551

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.

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 60,253


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 – 32,372,596
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 136,402
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 1,073,824
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 88.0%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 79.9%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 94.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 82.3%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 76.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 68.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 70.9%

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

RegionThursday, December 16, 2021Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021
Capital Region58.1559.2559.87
Central New York64.6267.4468.16
Finger Lakes55.3557.6256.81
Long Island87.0193.69102.76
Mid-Hudson58.0463.3068.83
Mohawk Valley75.5676.3077.04
New York City65.9579.1292.92
North Country62.3059.4057.08
Southern Tier102.54103.99110.44
Western New York59.7358.0056.22
Statewide67.8475.2983.26

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

RegionThursday, December 16, 2021Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021
Capital Region6.59%6.67%6.93%
Central New York7.55%8.20%8.20%
Finger Lakes8.18%8.26%8.31%
Long Island8.19%8.73%9.32%
Mid-Hudson5.48%5.76%6.08%
Mohawk Valley8.00%8.20%8.71%
New York City4.39%5.23%6.04%
North Country8.04%7.61%7.57%
Southern Tier6.97%6.76%7.26%
Western New York9.24%9.05%9.09%
Statewide5.73%6.29%6.88%

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 NYCThursday, December 16, 2021Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021
Bronx3.83%4.73%5.53%
Kings4.25%5.12%6.00%
New York4.49%5.45%6.36%
Queens4.53%5.24%5.99%
Richmond5.26%5.71%5.98%

Yesterday, 22,478 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total compiled by HERDS to 2,940,194. A geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew PositiveTotal Omicron Cases Confirmed Statewide: 192*
Albany37,566187
Allegany6,71731
Broome31,2731931
Cattaraugus11,07654
Cayuga10,72055
Chautauqua16,80384
Chemung14,22768
Chenango6,33437
Clinton9,10963
Columbia6,41838
Cortland6,71940
Delaware5,13136
Dutchess41,0552161
Erie136,795373
Essex3,39522
Franklin6,12325
Fulton8,67240
Genesee9,66030
Greene5,54838
Hamilton5752
Herkimer9,41851
Jefferson12,62920
Lewis4,60817
Livingston8,06424
Madison8,38746
Monroe106,459374
Montgomery7,94526
Nassau245,7922,0238
Niagara31,97895
NYC1,221,19012,40441
Oneida36,5901354
Onondaga65,2582971
Ontario13,20367
Orange67,162368
Orleans6,20124
Oswego16,03969
Otsego6,24240
Putnam14,320105
Rensselaer19,438107
Rockland58,283271
Saratoga27,915139
Schenectady21,07863
Schoharie3,19919
Schuyler2,26429
Seneca3,71821
St. Lawrence14,51979
Steuben14,05251
Suffolk278,1081,95016
Sullivan10,75264
Tioga7,18641
Tompkins10,321556117
Ulster20,72280
Warren8,34059
Washington7,73551
Wayne11,66656
Westchester157,2969833
Wyoming5,93633
Yates2,2659
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Over the last two days, 58 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,551. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
CountyNew Deaths
Albany1
Allegany1
Bronx3
Chautauqua3
Erie5
Genesee1
Herkimer3
Jefferson1
Kings8
Manhattan3
Monroe2
Nassau2
Niagara3
Oneida1
Onondaga6
Ontario1
Orange1
Putnam1
Queens5
Rockland2
Saratoga1
Suffolk4

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers aged 12 years and older for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis, with 10 sites open to eligible New Yorkers aged 5 and older. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

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 new 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.

Yesterday, 30,413 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 17,668 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:

 People with at least one vaccine dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region929,6301,360848,806190
Central New York624,350495576,548410
Finger Lakes829,663644765,858908
Long Island2,056,1761,6681,826,2901,454
Mid-Hudson1,607,3282,5451,409,5942,593
Mohawk Valley314,125143290,222149
New York City7,452,88722,2526,583,93310,781
North Country291,968197262,713103
Southern Tier422,350164386,715184
Western New York913,187945834,349896
Statewide15,441,66430,41313,785,02817,668

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.

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