Monday, February 15, 2021

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic FEBRUARY 15, 2021


6,623 Patient Hospitalizations Statewide 

1,270 Patients in the ICU; 875 Intubated 

Statewide Positivity Rate is 3.53% 

103 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday 

First New South African Variant Case Identified in New York City; Patient is Connecticut Resident 

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that update, the Governor notified New Yorkers that a Connecticut resident who is a patient in a New York City hospital has tested positive for the South African variant. There is no evidence of any spread in New York State to date.

"New Yorkers haven't only gotten past the post-holiday surge—they've continued to drive down hospitalization and infection rates by acting smart and responsibly, and they should be commended for it," Governor Cuomo said. "Thanks to this hard work, we are now in a place where we have been able to begin opening the valve and start getting the economy going again, as long as we do it safely. If we're able to keep the momentum headed in a positive direction by practicing safe behaviors at an individual level, as well as continuing to vaccinate New Yorkers as quickly and fairly as possible, we'll be able to reach the light at the end of the tunnel faster than previously thought and finally get some normalcy back into our lives."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported - 180,504
  • Total Positive - 6,365
  • Percent Positive - 3.53%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.74%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 6,623 (+30)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -1,093
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 600
  • Hospital Counties - 53
  • Number ICU - 1,270 (-15)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 875 (-6)
  • Total Discharges - 138,542 (+492)
  • Deaths - 103
  • Total Deaths - 37,221
It is important to note that data, including test results and hospital rates, reported early in the week are often not completely reflective of the current situation due to lower discharges and testing volume over the weekend. Data trends over a period of time, such as using 7-day averages, are a preferred metric.

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