New York launching mobile vaccination initiative for rural workers

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WALDEN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference at Angry Orchard Cider House in Orange County on Tuesday afternoon. Cuomo used the orchard to set the stage for his announcement that the state is launching a mobile vaccination program for agricultural workers.

Starting Wednesday, April 21, the state will partner with SunRiver Health on the program. The goal: vaccinating agricultural workers who have demanding schedules and live in remote, rural locations. The program will head to different sites—like the Crist Brothers Orchard in Walden—in a vehicle resembling a food truck with SunRiver Health branding.

Cuomo talked about the significance of the $3.6 billion agriculture industry to New York’s economy, and the roughly 116,000 farmworkers who help that industry thrive. Cuomo identified Nourish New York as an important program launched before the pandemic.

That program supplies food banks with local food. Cuomo announced that the Nourish New York program would receive a $50 million influx from the state. The money will go toward supporting its mission, described thus by the governor: “Let’s purchase the product that we are making, and let’s supply it to food banks that are feeding hungry and starving people across the state of New York.”

At the event, which was closed to the press, Cuomo was joined by Richard Ball, the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, alongside leaders from Angry Orchard and SunRiver Health. One of his daughters was also on hand to purchase cider.

On COVID numbers, Cuomo gave a summary:

  • 3.9%: Statewide positivity rate
  • 58 COVID deaths on Monday
  • 4,000 COVID hospitalizations Monday
    • 869 of those in the ICU
    • 564 intubated

According to Cuomo, “COVID and the spread of COVID is a function of behavior, of human behavior and of community behavior. Even within our state you see very different covid rates. Why?” With that in mind, he outlined the following infection rates:

  • Western New York: 4.8%
  • Long Island: 3.8%
  • Mid Hudson Valley: 3.7%
  • New York City: 3.4%
  • Finger Lakes: 3.1%
  • Capital Region: 2.3%
  • Mohawk Valley: 1.7%
  • Central New York: 1.4%
  • Southern Tier: .7%
    • Statewide: 1.6%

Gov. Cuomo also talked about the current controversy involving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine—which he received himself earlier in 2021. He said he spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who heads the CDC: “The reason they paused the Johsnon and Johson is they want to make sure all health providers know. If a person comes in with these symptoms, the normal medication they give is Heparin for a blood clot. That does not work in this situation, so they want to get the word out to all healthcare providers.”

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region’s population, is as follows:

RegionCOVID Patients Currently in Hospital in RegionCOVID Patients as Percent of Region PopulationPercent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan
Capital Region1030.01%31%
Central New York620.01%32%
Finger Lakes2080.02%39%
Long Island6700.02%34%
Mid-Hudson4660.02%45%
Mohawk Valley590.01%40%
New York City21740.03%32%
North Country200.00%55%
Southern Tier870.01%49%
Western New York3260.02%35%
Statewide41750.02%36%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows:

RegionTotal ICU Beds in RegionTotal Occupied ICU Beds in RegionPercent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)
Capital Region259191 18%
Central New York262182 30%
Finger Lakes397250 38%
Long Island852628 25%
Mid-Hudson675417 41%
Mohawk Valley9778 21%
New York City2,5681,949 22%
North Country5729 47%
Southern Tier12668 47%
Western New York545349 36%
Statewide5,8384,141 28%

Of the 1,951,359 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany23,36845
Allegany3,1334
Broome17,12931
Cattaraugus5,03722
Cayuga5,79416
Chautauqua8,22722
Chemung7,05219
Chenango3,01811
Clinton4,46524
Columbia3,7996
Cortland3,5075
Delaware2,1129
Dutchess27,51061
Erie79,959379
Essex1,4852
Franklin2,3705
Fulton3,98019
Genesee5,0059
Greene3,07711
Hamilton2982
Herkimer4,86812
Jefferson5,39211
Lewis2,42012
Livingston3,93610
Madison4,2387
Monroe59,738199
Montgomery3,81715
Nassau175,023350
Niagara17,78068
NYC876,4922,311
Oneida21,25137
Onondaga35,49075
Ontario6,74020
Orange45,423103
Orleans2,7025
Oswego6,87619
Otsego3,11816
Putnam10,05229
Rensselaer10,49530
Rockland45,24597
Saratoga14,16745
Schenectady12,25224
Schoharie1,5035
Schuyler9772
Seneca1,8463
St. Lawrence6,12512
Steuben6,19223
Suffolk190,889426
Sullivan5,98931
Tioga3,31612
Tompkins4,0033
Ulster12,79136
Warren3,33319
Washington2,8038
Wayne5,13920
Westchester124,317225
Wyoming3,2046
Yates1,0921

On Monday, 58 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 41,257. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

CountyNew Deaths
Albany1
Bronx3
Dutchess2
Erie2
Kings12
Manhattan8
Monroe2
Nassau2
Orange1
Queens16
Rensselaer1
Richmond1
Rockland3
Saratoga1
Suffolk2
Westchester1

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