Thursday, March 4

Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops Below 4% for First Time Since November 30

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York State’s 7-day average COVID positivity rate dropped to 3.90 percent, the lowest since November 29. The 7-day average positivity rate is down 51 percent from the post-holiday peak in early January and it has declined for 36 consecutive days. Hospitalizations dropped to 6,888, the lowest number since Christmas Day. Hospitalizations are down by 916 this week, a 26 percent decline from the post-holiday peak. The statewide positivity rate dropped to 3.46 percent, the lowest since November 25. New York City’s 7-day average positivity rate dropped to 4.63 percent, the lowest since Christmas Day and a decrease of 28 percent from the post-holiday peak.

Eleven additional cases of the UK variant were identified in New York State. Eight were in New York City, two were in Suffolk County and one was in Rockland County, that county’s first case. To date, there are 70 known cases of the variant in New York City and in the following counties: Saratoga, Warren, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Ulster, Essex, Jefferson, Tompkins, Allegany and Niagara.

“Hospitalization and infection rates are continuing to fall statewide and New Yorkers should be commended for all their hard work and sacrifice which helped make this a reality,” Governor Cuomo said. “If we are to win this war against COVID once and for all, we must keep driving down these rates, as well as to get as many shots into arms as possible. New York has the determination, toughness and vaccination infrastructure to make all of this happen, but our success will ultimately be determined by our willingness to keep making the right decisions and I have every confidence that New Yorkers will continue to do just that.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 253,563
  • Total Positive – 8,763
  • Percent Positive – 3.46%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.90%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 6,888 (-180)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -916
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 766
  • Hospital Counties – 56
  • Number ICU – 1,328 (-30)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 908 (-33)
  • Total Discharges – 137,276 (+785)
  • Deaths – 125
  • Total Deaths – 37,009

Yesterday, 125 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 37,009.


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