December 14, 2020

Albany, NY

Yellow Precautionary Zone expanded into Niagara County; New Yellow Precautionary Zones in Genesee and Oneida Provinces

5,712 hospital admissions of patients statewide

1,040 patients in the ICU; 572 intubated

Statewide positivity rate is 5.66%

83 COVID-19 Deaths Yesterday in Upstate New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced updated COVID-19 microcluster focus zones in New York State. Niagara County’s Yellow Precautionary Zone is being expanded. New yellow precautionary zones are being added for Batavia, Genesee County, and for Rome and Utica, Oneida County.

“There is no politics or rhetoric in the number of people entering the hospital, and the increase in hospital admissions could overwhelm some regions if nothing changes in January”, Governor Cuomo said. “That’s the journey we’re looking at and trying to change. We’re simultaneously increasing hospital capacity and frankly changing the way hospitals operate. At the same time, we need to slow down the spread by doing what we know works – social distance, masks. “Wearing and avoiding gatherings. If we don’t, we know what’s closing off a region. It’s called a red zone. That’s the situation we’re trying to avoid.”

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On Friday, the NYS Dept. of Health the new statistics, including in the state’s winter plan, for when an area qualifies for a “yellow zone” microcluster area. The geographic area is eligible to enter a yellow zone if it has a 3 percent positivity rate in the past 10 days (average over seven days) and in the top 10 percent in the state for hospital admissions per capita in the past week and experience a week-to-week growth in daily intakes. Based on this criterion, the following areas are currently referred to as yellow precautionary zones:

Adjustments to the current focus zones of microclusters

Niagara County – Click here for a map

The current Niagara microcluster will be expanded to include other areas in the province with high positivity and increasing hospital admissions, meeting the yellow zone designation standards.

New focus zones

Genesee County – Click here for a map

A new yellow precautionary zone is being established in Batavia, which meets the standards for yellow zone designation and accounts for the majority of hospital admissions from the province in the past two weeks.

Oneida County – Click here for a map

A new yellow precautionary zone will be established in the areas of Rome and Utica, which account for the vast majority of hospital admissions from the province and meet the yellow zone designation standards.

There is no politics or rhetoric in the number of people entering the hospital, and the increase in hospital admissions could overwhelm some regions if nothing changes in January

Today’s data is briefly summarized below:

  • Test results reported – 159,844
  • Hospitalization of the patient – 5712 (+302)
  • Patients who have just been admitted – 678
  • Hospital counties – 56
  • Number ICU – 1040 (+31)
  • Number ICU with intubation – 572 (+5)
  • Total discharges – 91760 (+394)
  • Deaths – 83
  • Total number of deaths – 27,870

The regional capacity and occupancy of hospital beds, including the number of hospital admissions as a percentage of the region’s population, is as follows:

Region

COVID patients currently in hospital in region

COVID patients as a percentage of the regional population

Percentage of available hospital beds in the region (average over 7 days)

Capital Region

269

0.02%

25%

Central New York

340

0.04%

24%

Finger Lakes

681

0.06%

24%

Long Island

935

0.03%

19%

Mid-Hudson

705

0.03%

26%

Mohawk Valley

193

0.04%

25%

New York City

1857

0.02%

19%

Northern country

53

0.01%

46%

Southern low

153

0.02%

40%

Western New York

526

0.04%

25%

Statewide

5712

0.03%

23%

The regional capacity and occupancy of ICU beds are as follows:

Region

Total number of ICU beds in the region

Total occupied ICU beds in the region

Percentage of ICU beds available in the region (7-day average)

Capital Region

269

171

42%

Central New York

290

194

32%

Finger Lakes

403

268

43%

Long Island

845

583

28%

Mid-Hudson

741

394

48%

Mohawk Valley

129

98

23%

New York City

2338

1664

25%

Northern country

71

35

52%

Southern low

129

88

33%

Western New York

516

286

46%

NYS TOTAL

5731

3781

33%

The average percentage of positive test results over the past three days for each region is as follows:

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Capital Region

5.52%

5.62%

5.89%

Central New York

6.73%

7.22%

7.11%

Finger Lakes

8.04%

8.12%

8.09%

Long Island

5.58%

5.62%

5.70%

Mid-Hudson

6.10%

6.01%

6.15%

Mohawk Valley

7.98%

8.02%

8.08%

New York City

3.99%

4.01%

4.04%

Northern country

4.23%

4.06%

4.12%

Southern low

2.20%

2.30%

2.65%

Western New York

6.84%

6.94%

6.92%

Statewide

5.03%

5.07%

5.17%

The 7-day mean percentage of positive test results from each New York City borough reported for the past three days is as follows:

BOROUGH

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Bronx

4.62%

4.54%

4.47%

Brooklyn

3.96%

4.00%

4.04%

Manhattan

2.51%

2.56%

2.63%

Queens

4.52%

4.57%

4.62%

Staten Island

6.06%

5.70%

5.64%

Out of a total of 784,204 individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

Province

Totally positive

New positive

Albany

8,050

162

Allegany

1,403

8

Broome

6,532

72

Cattaraugus

1,783

21

Cayuga

1,581

37

Chautauqua

2,365

42

Chemung

3776

33

Chenango

880

12

Clinton

698

41

Columbia

1,225

21

Cortland

1,513

35

Delaware

520

8

Dutchess

9,290

144

Erie

33,397

388

Essex

375

2

Franklin

459

16

Fulton

851

26

Genesee

1,646

44

Greene

881

11

Hamilton

68

0

Herkimer

1.196

33

Jefferson

1047

37

Lewis

574

7

Livingston

1.135

24

Madison

1,592

20

Monroe

23,745

542

Montgomery

796

30

Nassau

71,214

739

Niagara

6,016

110

NYC

358,081

3.029

Oneida

8,009

165

Onondaga

15,481

299

Ontario

2,108

55

Orange

19,756

220

Orleans

887

27

Oswego

2,440

51

Otsego

904

22

Putnam

3795

52

Rensselaer

2,631

62

Rockland

24,183

192

Saratoga

3,477

111

Schenectady

3781

113

Schoharie

342

16

Schuyler

389

6

Seneca

498

16

St. Lawrence

1,353

14

Steuben

2,443

35

Suffolk

75,454

1087

Sullivan

2,469

14

Tioga

1,379

12

Tompkins

1,593

37

Ulster

4,393

66

Warren

756

2

Washington

587

13

Wayne

1,709

47

Westchester

59,431

594

Wyoming

895

12

Yates

372

10

Yesterday, 83 New Yorkers died as a result of COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 27,870. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by country of residence:

Deaths by place of residence

Province

New deaths

Albany

2

Bronx

2

Broome

2

Chemung

3

Cortland

4

Erie

8

Genesee

2

Jefferson

1

Kings

3

Madison

2

Manhattan

2

Monroe

6

Nassau

3

Niagara

3

Oneida

3

Onondaga

3

Orange

3

Otsego

1

Queens

7

Richmond

4

Rockland

2

Schenectady

1

Seneca

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

5

Tompkins

2

Westchester

6

Wyoming

1

Contact the Governor’s Press Team