Cuomo: More COVID vaccine needed in New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR/WROC) — On Tuesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a briefing where he said more COVID vaccine needs to be distributed to healthcare and essential workers.

On day 311 of the pandemic in New York state, the governor provided the following data:

  • 152,402 COVID-19 tests processed Monday statewide
  • 8.31% positivity rate overall statewide
  • 8.85% positivity rate in micro-cluster hotspots
  • 8.12% positivity rate outside micro-cluster hotspots
  • 149 New Yorkers died from COVID-19 Monday
  • 8,590 hospitalized
  • 1,392 in ICU
  • 851 intubated

The governor reiterated the sentiment that the Finger Lakes region remains the most problematic in regards to positivity rate and hospitalization rate per regional population.

“Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes, highest percentage of hospitalization again,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This makes the point that variance is due to the behaviors of that community, so your behavior matters.”

The governor said the state continues to organize plans revolving around the supply and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“There are two elements to understand about the vaccine,” Gov. Cuomo said. “One is the amount of supply we have as a nation, as a state, and one is the distribution. Two very different elements that have to be considered. The supply, the production by the drug companies, purchased by the federal government — that’s all a national responsibility. The entire supply is controlled by the federal government. We have been getting about 300,000 vaccine doses per week, that’s roughly 1.2 million per month. The state needs 20 million people vaccinated. You have to do that twice. That’s 40 million, so obviously it’s a very long timeline at this supply rate. So the supply rate has to increase and the supply rate is the limiting factor now. We hope and pray and expect the supply from the federal government will be increasing, but we need it to increase.”

Right now, 900,000 vaccine doses have been distributed to over two million healthcare workers in New York State.

“Obviously we don’t have enough vaccine distributed for all healthcare workers,” Cuomo said. “They are the greatest risk, but also the greatest threat.” The governor said nursing home residents and staff were being vaccinated by a federal program, and he added that he’d like the whole statewide nursing home population to be vaccinated within the next two weeks. He said health care workers were the next priority population.

“We need them [hospitals] to operate and we need them to operate quickly,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We put in place the ‘use it or lose it’ policy. We have 194 hospitals, we have other hospitals that can do it so I need to best hospitals with the best management and the best systems as part of this effort because its literally a matter of life and death.

The governor said after health care workers, New Yorkers over the age of 75 would be the next population to become eligible for the vaccine. After that the governor said the vaccine distribution from hospitals to a so-called “retail network.”

New York needs over 40 million doses to vaccine all of its residents with both doses.

Right now, there are 3,762 vaccination provider sites enrolled across New York State, and 636 of those are already distributing vaccines.

“Once you get essential workers, and the 75-or-older members of the public, then we’re going to shift from hospitals to the ‘retail network,’ which is a public distribution for essential workers,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We have 5,000 pharmacies in this state, we have enrolled 3,762 vaccine provider sites statewide.”

The governor said the state has already signed up hundreds of distribution centers in all regions across the state, including 297 in the Finger Lakes to-date. The governor said the distribution center plan will relieve hospital stress, and be capable of handling millions of vaccine doses, once the supply reaches that level.

“I’d like to reduce the burden on the hospitals whenever possible,” Gov. Cuomo said.

Below is a breakdown by region of where those vaccination sites are located:

Cuomo also gave an update on the daily COVID-19 numbers in New York State:

Here is a breakdown of the infection rate by region:

The hospitalization rate by region is broken down below:

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers are below:

RegionCOVID hospitalizationsPatients as % of populationAvailable hospital bed %Available hospital beds
(7-day average)
Capital Region4760.04%23%29%
Central New York3970.05%21%29%
Finger Lakes9290.08%30%30%
Long Island15770.06%24%33%
Mid-Hudson9860.04%34%43%
Mohawk Valley3090.06%22%31%
New York City30550.04%30%37%
North Country870.02%34%56%
Southern Tier2280.04%41%48%
Western New York5460.04%30%30%
Statewide85900.04%29%36%

Regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy are below:

RegionICU bedsOccupied beds% Occupied (7-day average)
Capital Region23520016%
Central New York26619025%
Finger Lakes39730526%
Long Island82266722%
Mid-Hudson68939840%
Mohawk Valley12710021%
New York City2477181827%
North Country583736%
Southern Tier1258336%
Western New York54534938%
Statewide5741414728%

Check out each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

RegionSaturdaySundayMonday
Capital Region10.11%9.91%10.12%
Central New York8.90%9.30%9.13%
Finger Lakes10.35%10.22%10.32%
Long Island9.11%9.31%9.61%
Mid-Hudson8.19%8.20%8.33%
Mohawk Valley10.40%10.38%10.70%
New York City6.24%6.24%6.38%
North Country8.77%9.02%9.19%
Southern Tier6.42%5.77%5.41%
Western New York8.43%8.43%8.61%
Statewide7.78%7.79%7.94%

Of the 1,041,028 total individuals who tested positive for the virus on Monday, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

Total positiveNew positives
Albany12,852259
Allegany1,96114
Broome8,788116
Cattaraugus2,73738
Cayuga3,38187
Chautauqua4,017102
Chemung4,79138
Chenango1,33711
Clinton1,35240
Columbia1,79224
Cortland2,21717
Delaware77111
Dutchess13,190170
Erie43,816374
Essex66312
Franklin82210
Fulton1,45041
Genesee2,96963
Greene1,53544
Hamilton1211
Herkimer2,54269
Jefferson2,09159
Lewis1,03332
Livingston2,07937
Madison2,48224
Monroe36,705447
Montgomery1,55943
Nassau94,3791,273
Niagara9,393134
NYC448,5104,863
Oneida13,420151
Onondaga22,880183
Ontario3,71058
Orange24,579209
Orleans1,49935
Oswego3,80787
Otsego1,29411
Putnam5,23573
Rensselaer4,933137
Rockland28,568233
Saratoga6,543183
Schenectady6,619118
Schoharie63810
Schuyler5732
Seneca92015
St. Lawrence2,528153
Steuben3,70237
Suffolk104,0191,554
Sullivan3,27627
Tioga1,81220
Tompkins2,16614
Ulster6,18697
Warren1,38741
Washington98242
Wayne2,88659
Westchester73,381619
Wyoming1,56734
Yates58311

On Monday, 149 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 30,802. A geographic breakdown is below:

CountyDeaths
Albany1
Allegany1
Bronx4
Broome2
Cattaraugus2
Cayuga1
Chautauqua2
Dutchess2
Erie9
Fulton1
Genesee5
Greene1
Kings9
Livingston2
Madison2
Manhattan4
Monroe12
Montgomery4
Nassau3
Niagara2
Oneida8
Onondaga5
Ontario2
Orange5
Oswego3
Queens9
Rensselaer1
Richmond4
Rockland2
Schenectady4
Seneca3
St. Lawrence1
Suffolk15
Sullivan4
Tompkins1
Ulster2
Wayne1
Westchester9
Wyoming1

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