Covid in NY: Hospitalizations rise barely, 185 new deaths –

Albany, N.Y. — Hospitalizations due to Covid-19 in New York rose 37 on Tuesday to 9,273.

That’s a much smaller increase than the previous day, when hospitalizations rose by over 300. Hospitalizations had been starting to trend down before that jump.

A total of 1,621 people in New York were in intensive care units with the coronavirus yesterday, up seven, and 1,044 were intubated, down five.

Another 185 people in the state died due to the virus on Tuesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 33,415.

Central New York hospitals are currently 71% full, based on a seven-day average, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. That’s down from early last week, when they were 77% full.

Cuomo has said he’ll order shutdowns, including the closure of all nonessential businesses, in any area where projections show hospitals will reach 90% of their maximum capacity within three weeks.

New York confirmed 13,364 new cases of the virus yesterday and conducted 195,409 more tests. The state has now had 1,271,451 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

The state has been finding new cases at its highest levels ever in recent weeks, but has also been conducting more tests than ever.

The statewide percentage of people testing positive for the virus was 6.84% on Tuesday, down from 7.06% the previous day. The seven-day average of the statewide positive rate fell to 6.27%, down from 6.34% on Monday and 6.42% on Sunday.

The statewide positive rate was over 8% earlier this month.

Central New York’s seven-day average positive rate was 5.77% on Tuesday, down from 5.8% the day before. The region’s positive rate was over 9% earlier in January.


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