Nine Onondaga County residents died from COVID-19 over the weekend

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(WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced nine more COVID-19 deaths this past weekend.

McMahon tweeted that four men in their 50s and 60s, and five women in their 60s and 70s died. The county also had 361 new cases Saturday, 397 new cases Sunday, and an additional 171 Monday.

“We have 133 residents in the hospital with 28 in the ICU. 89% of 28 are unvaccinated, and 54% of the new admissions were unvaccinated,” McMahon tweeted.

Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19.

“The winter surge in COVID-19 cases is a reminder that we must stay vigilant in our fight against the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “Make sure you are using all the tools that we know work in reducing the risk of transmission and serious illness: get vaccinated if you haven’t yet and get the booster if you have, mask up indoors and exercise caution when in large gatherings. Let’s make sure our loved ones and the most vulnerable among us this holiday season are there with us for the next and many more to come.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported – 258,612
  • Total Positive – 23,391
  • Percent Positive – 9.04%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 7.40%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 4,020 (+140)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 513
  • Patients in ICU – 769 (+8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 451 (+3)
  • Total Discharges – 223,654 (+336)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 60
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 47,613

    The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only. 
  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 60,500

    This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings. 
  • Total vaccine doses administered – 32,448,118
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 75,522
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 1,086,412
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 88.0% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.1% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 94.5%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 82.4% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 76.7% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.0% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.2% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 71.0%

Each region’s 7-day average of cases per 100K population is as follows

RegionFriday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021Sunday, December 19, 2021
Capital Region59.2559.8762.37
Central New York67.4468.1668.33
Finger Lakes57.6256.8156.51
Long Island93.69102.76112.50
Mid-Hudson63.3068.8375.01
Mohawk Valley76.3077.0475.30
New York City79.1292.92112.35
North Country59.4057.0856.33
Southern Tier103.99110.44110.42
Western New York58.0056.2255.63
Statewide75.2983.2693.78

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

Region Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021Sunday, December 19, 2021
Capital Region6.67%6.93%7.05%
Central New York8.20%8.20%8.26%
Finger Lakes8.26%8.31%8.18%
Long Island8.73%9.32%9.84%
Mid-Hudson5.76%6.08%6.42%
Mohawk Valley8.20%8.71%8.62%
New York City5.23%6.04%6.82%
North Country7.61%7.57%7.48%
Southern Tier6.76%7.26%7.27%
Western New York9.05%9.09%9.06%
Statewide6.29%6.88%7.40%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:   

Borough in NYC Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 18, 2021Sunday, December 19, 2021
Bronx4.73%5.53%6.34%
Kings5.12%6.00%6.80%
New York5.45%6.36%7.10%
Queens5.24%5.99%6.74%
Richmond5.71%5.98%6.64%

Yesterday, 23,391 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,963,585. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  Total Positive  New Positive  
Albany37,701135
Allegany6,74124
Broome31,380107
Cattaraugus11,10731
Cayuga10,74828
Chautauqua16,84340
Chemung14,25629
Chenango6,36228
Clinton9,15243
Columbia6,44123
Cortland6,74021
Delaware5,14716
Dutchess41,216161
Erie137,207412
Essex3,41015
Franklin6,13714
Fulton8,6819
Genesee9,68727
Greene5,56113
Hamilton5761
Herkimer9,44729
Jefferson12,66536
Lewis4,6179
Livingston8,09228
Madison8,41528
Monroe106,765306
Montgomery7,96419
Nassau247,7391,947
Niagara32,081103
NYC1,236,43515,245
Oneida36,719129
Onondaga65,494236
Ontario13,24744
Orange67,470308
Orleans6,22322
Oswego16,10667
Otsego6,25917
Putnam14,430110
Rensselaer19,51678
Rockland58,489206
Saratoga28,047132
Schenectady21,14264
Schoharie3,21011
Schuyler2,2706
Seneca3,73113
St. Lawrence14,54324
Steuben14,08533
Suffolk279,8041,696
Sullivan10,80351
Tioga7,20519
Tompkins10,34322
Ulster20,79876
Warren8,38141
Washington7,78045
Wayne11,70943
Westchester158,253957
Wyoming5,9459
Yates2,2705

Given the rate of spread of Omicron, it is more meaningful to now report the percentage of Omicron variants as reported to the public COVID-19 sequence databases, than continue to report counts of individual cases. This percentage can then be related to the total positive COVID case count in the state. This process is consistent with how the New York State Department of Health has reported on all other variants online: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-variant-data

Data this morning in the GISAID database, the largest repository of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in the world, show the Omicron variant comprised 11% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/5/21 and 12/18/21.

It should be noted that similar data reported from the CDC, which is expected to be updated this week, also uses a statistical model to project the variant percentages for a more recent timeframe. Because of this projection approach, it is anticipated that CDC will report a substantially higher percentage for the Omicron variant this week.

Yesterday, 60 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 47,613. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

Deaths by County of Residence 
County New Deaths 
Albany3
Allegany1
Bronx1
Broome2
Cattaraugus1
Chemung1
Delaware1
Dutchess3
Erie4
Franklin1
Kings6
Manhattan1
Monroe5
Nassau1
Niagara2
Oneida2
Onondaga2
Ontario1
Orange3
Queens3
Rockland2
Seneca1
St. Lawrence1
Suffolk7
Sullivan1
Tompkins2
Westchester2

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers aged 12 years and older for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis, with 10 sites open to eligible New Yorkers aged 5 and older. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.

New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccine appointments for 5-11-year-old children are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician, family physician, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine for this age group. Parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Make sure that the provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group.

Visit our new website for parents and guardians for new information, frequently asked questions and answers, and resources specifically designed for parents and guardians of this age group. 

Yesterday, 11,845 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 29,441 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows: 

 People with at least one vaccine dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region930,039409849,168362
Central New York624,612262576,813265
Finger Lakes829,975312766,191333
Long Island2,057,9191,7431,827,5181,228
Mid-Hudson1,608,7751,4471,410,8841,290
Mohawk Valley314,231106290,338116
New York City7,459,6196,7326,609,12125,188
North Country292,03163262,79481
Southern Tier422,591241386,836121
Western New York913,717530834,806457
Statewide15,453,50911,84513,814,46929,441

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