Governor Andrew M. Cuomo updated New Yorkers today on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide positivity rate, now at 2.99 percent, dropped below 3 percent for the first time since November 23.

The Governor also said the first case of the South African variant has been identified in a resident of New York State. The sequencing, involving a Nassau County resident, was conducted at Opentrons Labworks Inc’s Pandemic Response Lab, a New York City-based commercial lab, and verified at the Wadsworth Center in Albany. Last week, a Connecticut resident who had been hospitalized in New York City was found to have the South African variant.

“We continue to see a reduction in positivity and hospitalizations throughout the state, which is good news, and this progress is allowing us to reopen the valve on our economy even further,” Governor Cuomo said. “But with the discovery of a case of the South African variant in the state, it’s more important than ever for New Yorkers to stay vigilant, wear masks, wash hands and stay socially distanced. We are in a race right now — between our ability to vaccinate and these variants which are actively trying to proliferate — and we will only win that race if we stay smart and disciplined.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 221,157
  • Total Positive – 6,610
  • Percent Positive – 2.99%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.44%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 5,764 (-213)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -829
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 602
  • Hospital Counties – 55
  • Number ICU – 1,162 (+0)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 794 (-7)
  • Total Discharges – 142,307 (+715)
  • Deaths – 75

In Herkimer County:

Numbers of Covid-19 cases in Herkimer County as of 12pm 02/21/2021:
Total New Positive Cases Today:
11
Total Lab Confirmed Positive Covid -19 test results: (From 3/13/20)
5369
Total Active Positive Covid -19 Patients:
105
Total Hospitalized:
16
Total number recovered:
5172
Covid Deaths:
92
Negative Covid-19 test results:
101525
Mandatory Quarantine (with public health orders):
179
Released from Mandatory Quarantine:
0
Precautionary Quarantine:​
190
Released from Precautionary Quarantine today:​
0