Saturday, February 26, 2022
Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Under 2%
Hospitalizations Below 2,000 for The First a time Since November 14
33 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday
Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.
“New York State continues to lead the way in beating back COVID, but we must continue to work together to fight this virus,” Governor Hochul said. "These positive trends are a result of New Yorkers’ hard work and dedication to protecting one another. If you or your child haven’t gotten your shot, sign up today to help us in our ongoing fight against COVID-19.”
Today's data is summarized briefly below:
- Test Results Reported – 117,830
- Total Positive - 2,213
- Percent Positive - 1.88%
- 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 1.89%
- Patient Hospitalization – 1,999 (-129)
- Patients Newly Admitted - 227
- Patients in ICU - 349 (-9)
- Patients in ICU with Intubation - 181 (-15)
- Total Discharges – 285,299 (+305)
- New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 33
- Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 54,664
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 - 69,057
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 - 36,784,457
- Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 9,631
- Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 85,404
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose - 91.6%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series - 82.8%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 95.0%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 85.5%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 81.5%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 71.4%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 80.9%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 73.0%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 88.9%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 75.4%
Each New York City borough's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
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While the end of February marks the end of Black History Month, it is important to recognize that celebrating, uplifting, and reflecting upon Black history does not begin or end with this month. Each and every day, we should be celebrating and honoring Black joy, Black excellence, and Black leadership in our communities and working to uplift and support our Black communities to build a better, more equitable future for all.
To close out this month, I would like to take a moment to celebrate and recognize an amazing Black community leader in District 34 who works tirelessly to better our community– Latanya DeVaughn. When Latanya recognized the need for more bookstores in the Bronx, she decided to take matters into her own hands by starting Bronx Bound Books. Bronx Bound Books is a mobile bookstore that travels across the Bronx to provide Bronxites access to thousands of books which they otherwise may not be able to access. Since founding her mobile bookstore, Latanya has taken her bookstore across the borough, parking her bus at spots like the Riverdale Y Sunday Market, the Bronx Night Market, schools, and more.
Through her work, Latanya seeks to meet people where they are and bring her love of community and reading to the Bronx. I extend my deepest gratitude to Latanya for her service to District 34 and beyond, and look forward to continuing to support her work in the community.
Read more about Latanya and her work here.
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi
Three individuals were arrested in connection with a large-scale heroin/fentanyl packaging mill in Maspeth, Queens on Tuesday night. Members of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF) recovered more than five kilograms of narcotics (over 11 pounds) from two apartments located on a residential block near Calvary Cemetery. The suspected heroin/fentanyl recovered at the mill is estimated to carry a street value of more than $1.5 million.
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Tim Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Division, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen announced the arrests in conjunction of the arraignment of the three individuals in Manhattan Criminal Court. A criminal complaint filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) contains charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Third Degrees, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second and Third Degrees and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree.
On February 22, 2022, at approximately 9:35 p.m., members of NYDETF Group T-42 conducted a court-authorized search of the basement and second floor apartments at 51-66 48th Street. As agents and officers entered the premises, ARGELIZ NUNEZ, PABLO RODRIGUEZ and TIESHA CRUZ were observed leaving through the front door of the basement apartment. Agents and officers stopped the trio and recovered a loaded.22 caliber firearm from RODRIGUEZ’s pants pocket.
Inside the basement apartment, a small room off the main living area contained a table with a large quantity of loose narcotics in powder form on top, along with gallon sized ziplock bags of additional quantities of narcotics in powder form. Also present was a cardboard box filled with thousands of individual dose glassine envelopes filled with suspected heroin/fentanyl. Two brick-shaped boxes containing suspected narcotics sat on the table and the floor. A cooler bag contained another four large black bags filled with narcotics. Mail addressed to RODRIQUEZ was found in this apartment.
A search of the second floor apartment uncovered a table inside a bedroom with five ziplock bags of narcotics in loose powder form and drug residue on the tabletop. The apartment contained glassine envelopes stamped with many different brand names, such as “Black Widow,” “Asylum” and “Gucci.” Mail addressed to NUNEZ was present in the apartment.
Members of NYDETF, Group T-42, seized four vehicles allegedly associated with members of the drug trafficking organization. A 9mm handgun was recovered from a Sprinter van.
A total of more than five kilograms of suspected heroin/fentanyl were recovered from the two apartments. The results of DEA laboratory testing are pending to determine the type of drugs present. The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, Group T-42, is comprised of agents and officers with DEA New York Division, the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police.
RODRIGUEZ and CRUZ were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday night. The arraignment of NUNEZ is pending.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan thanked Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and commended SNP’s Trial Bureau 40/50 and Special Investigations Bureau, the DEA New York Division, the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police for their work on the investigation.
Defendants Charge Argeliz Nunez Queens, NY Age: 41 CPCS 1st - 1 ct CPCS 3rd -1 ct Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd - 3 cts
Pablo Rodriguez Queens, NY Age: 42 CPCS 1st - 1 ct CPCS 3rd -1 ct CPW 2nd -1 ct CPW 3rd -1 ct Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd - 3 cts
Tiesha Cruz Queens, NY Age: 24 CPCS 1st - 1 ct CPCS 3rd -1 ct Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd - 3 cts
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.