Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State dropped to 5,626, the lowest since December 12. The single-day positivity rate dropped to 2.82 percent, the lowest since November 21, and the 7-day average positivity rate dropped to 3.22 percent, the lowest since November 26.

“Defeating COVID-19 is front and center in New York State, and declining positivity rates and hospitalizations are aiding our efforts to vaccinate more New Yorkers, reopen the economy and get to the light at the end of the tunnel,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers’ resilience and willingness to follow the rules got us through the Spring and the holiday surge, and it is getting us through the winter. We’re vaccinating New Yorkers at a fast clip and expanding our network of distribution sites as fast as we can, but we’re going to need more vaccines to address a large enough portion of the population to defeat this pandemic once and for all. I’m confident that we will get there, but in the meantime New Yorkers need to continue social distancing, wearing masks, and washing their hands. We wear masks not just to protect ourselves, but to protect each other, and that spirit will get us through the coming months as we work to beat the COVID beast.”

Friday’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 291,189
  • Total Positive – 8,204
  • Percent Positive – 2.82%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.22%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 5,626 (-77)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -529
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 697
  • Hospital Counties – 53
  • Number ICU – 1,132 (+8)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 771 (-3)
  • Total Discharges – 144,991 (+669)
  • Deaths – 95
  • Total Deaths – 38,321

Vaccination Network expanded

The State will partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65+ population across New York State. These sites will be in partnership with local health departments and, where needed, will provide assistance to New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities and special support for paperwork regarding their vaccination. As New York State’s vaccine allocations increase, these 65+ priority facilities and appointments will be enabled from additional supply from the federal government. Counties across New York State will be getting an increased supply of Moderna vaccine for this purpose starting next week.

“New York is getting more and more needles in arms every single day, with a focus on vaccinating our most vulnerable residents,” Governor Cuomo said. “We know that our senior New Yorkers are more at-risk with COVID, and it’s critical that we provide them with access to the vaccine right in their own communities, as well as the assistance they need to schedule and get to and from their appointments. By working together with our local health departments to establish these new sites, we will help ensure the process of receiving a vaccine is as simple as possible for our 65+ population and get closer to reaching our goal of social equity and fairness through vaccine distribution.”

Details on sites, including locations, opening dates, and hours of operations will be forthcoming from the site host or sponsor. As a reminder, eligible New Yorkers are able to schedule appointments at State mass vaccination sites by utilizing New York’s Am I Eligible’ website or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). New York has worked to implement a number of enhancements to the hotline to further improve the appointment-making process and experience for seniors, a line specifically for those New Yorkers who are 75+ providing them direct access to staff who can help with scheduling or answer questions.

In late 2020, the Governor announced the launch of New York’s Vaccine Equity Task Force chaired by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial, and Healthfirst President & CEO Pat Wang. Since its establishment, the Task Force has continued work to ensure vulnerable and underserved communities are not left behind by breaking down the barriers to vaccination and ensuring there is equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state.

Additionally, New York has established more than 104 temporary ‘community-based pop-up’ vaccination sites at churches, community centers, and public housing complexes directly within communities across the state which have been underserved by traditional health care systems. Since January 15, these sites have enabled approximately 45,000 New Yorkers to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at these community-based pop-up sites. After the administration of the first doses, sites are then re-established three weeks later to administer the second doses.

New York will continue to establish these pop-up sites until they have been placed at all 33 NYCHA Senior Housing Developments, which house more than 7,600 seniors. Pop-up locations will also continue to be established at other public housing complexes statewide, as well as at more than 300 churches and cultural centers which have volunteered to house these sites through Governor Cuomo’s Vaccine Equity Task Force.

Herkimer County Data

Numbers of Covid-19 cases in Herkimer County as of 12 pm 02/26/2021:
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Total New Positive Cases Today:
8
Total Lab Confirmed Positive Covid -19 test results: (From 3/13/20)
5418
Total Active Positive Covid -19 Patients:
86
Total Hospitalized:
8
Total number recovered:
5235
Covid Deaths:
97
Negative Covid-19 test results:
104722
Mandatory Quarantine (with public health orders):
160
Released from Mandatory Quarantine:
0
Precautionary Quarantine:​
110
Released from Precautionary Quarantine today:​
0