Onondaga County announces 7 more deaths and over 1,700 news cases over the holiday weekend

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(WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County has had seven residents die from COVID-19 and 1,729 new cases since Friday, Ryan McMahon tweeted out Monday afternoon.

Four women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s, along with three men in their 50s, 60s, and 80s passed away over the holiday weekend. According to McMahon, all had underlying conditions.

88% of cases are in residents under 59 years old. Hospitalizations have remained consistent with 133 residents currently in the hospital. McMahon says that 26 are in the ICU with 85% of them unvaccinated.

The county also announced that they will hold a briefing Tuesday at 1 p.m. There they will announce a plan to help combat the spread against COVID’19.

“We will release distribution sites at our Press Briefing at 1pm tomorrow. Please take the time to schedule your booster shot and stay at home when you are sick,” McMahon tweeted.

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

“As we approach the end of the year, we must continue to stay vigilant,” Governor Hochul said. “Vaccines are the way we can get through our holidays safely. If you will be attending any gatherings, exercise caution, wear your mask, and encourage those around you to get the vaccine and get the booster. Doing all of this, we will get through this and regather again at the other side, safe and healthy in 2022.” 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below. Please note that certain numbers marked below with a single asterisk represent two-day increases, due to delayed reporting over the Christmas holiday: 

  • Test Results Reported – 166,681
  • Total Positive – 26,737
  • Percent Positive – 16.04%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 12.41%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 5,526 (+635*)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 1,569*
  • Patients in ICU – 913 (+33*)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 501 (+0)
  • Total Discharges – 227,255 (+781*)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS covering both Saturday and Sunday – 132*
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 48,066

    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 – 60,941

    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 – 33,133,391
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 27,842
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 685,273
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 88.6% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.4% 
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 95.0%**
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 82.6%**
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 77.4%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.4% 
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.9%**
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 71.3%**

*Due to the Holiday, has the data from Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and represents a two day increase

**Vaccination numbers compiled by the CDC as of Dec. 24

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

RegionFriday,December 24, 2021Saturday,December 25, 2021Sunday,December 26,2021
Capital Region73.8872.5069.65
Central New York75.3673.2870.52
Finger Lakes57.4254.5152.60
Long Island201.92216.10221.05
Mid-Hudson134.30140.16141.03
Mohawk Valley70.4764.4459.52
New York City237.31256.70262.01
North Country50.2346.4443.27
Southern Tier86.1870.3466.75
Western New York65.4168.3768.80
Statewide168.15178.37180.82

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

Region Friday,December 24, 2021Saturday,December 25, 2021Sunday,December 26, 2021
Capital Region9.03%9.23%9.47%
Central New York8.69%9.05%9.19%
Finger Lakes8.52%8.85%9.16%
Long Island13.98%14.79%15.42%
Mid-Hudson10.35%11.04%11.55%
Mohawk Valley9.21%9.40%9.17%
New York City11.00%11.76%12.63%
North Country7.08%7.07%6.92%
Southern Tier7.91%7.89%7.87%
Western New York9.31%9.69%10.03%
Statewide10.98%11.70%12.41%

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 24, 2021Saturday,December 25, 2021Sunday,December 26, 2021
Bronx12.37%13.78%14.96%
Kings10.86%11.47%12.29%
New York9.99%10.50%11.04%
Queens11.78%12.70%13.63%
Richmond11.46%12.34%13.17%

Yesterday, 26,737 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 3,210,932. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County  Total Positive  New Positive  
Albany39,276118
Allegany6,8654
Broome32,39640
Cattaraugus11,30011
Cayuga11,04813
Chautauqua17,28348
Chemung14,62314
Chenango6,5396
Clinton9,53314
Columbia6,69114
Cortland7,00910
Delaware5,33210
Dutchess43,158160
Erie142,067489
Essex3,5303
Franklin6,2807
Fulton8,8585
Genesee9,92219
Greene5,8409
Hamilton584
Herkimer9,7845
Jefferson12,90319
Lewis4,6883
Livingston8,2917
Madison8,7031
Monroe109,700263
Montgomery8,1454
Nassau270,9522,530
Niagara33,117100
NYC1,390,47318,368
Oneida37,77028
Onondaga67,978178
Ontario13,64021
Orange70,926317
Orleans6,3275
Oswego16,59328
Otsego6,4391
Putnam15,10411
Rensselaer20,30760
Rockland61,717217
Saratoga29,35760
Schenectady21,61122
Schoharie3,3064
Schuyler2,3492
Seneca3,8153
St. Lawrence14,8513
Steuben14,3529
Suffolk300,5282,098
Sullivan11,39846
Tioga7,4057
Tompkins11,01013
Ulster21,56571
Warren8,74822
Washington8,02910
Wayne11,9899
Westchester170,5141,189
Wyoming6,0924
Yates2,3225

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 66.2% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/13/21 and 12/26/21. This is a further increase from the result announced yesterday, which covered 12/8/2021 to 12/21/2021, and is ongoing evidence of the rate of spread of this variant.

It should be noted that similar data reported from the CDC, updated this week, uses a statistical model to project the variant percentages for a more recent timeframe. This projection approach partly explains a higher percentage for the Omicron variant reported by CDC this week.

Over Saturday and Sunday, 132* New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 48,066. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:   

Deaths by County of Residence 
County New Deaths 
Allegany2
Bronx6
Chemung1
Cortland1
Dutchess3
Erie9
Fulton1
Genesee1
Herkimer1
Jefferson2
Kings16
Manhattan4
Monroe13
Nassau9
Niagara3
Oneida5
Onondaga4
Ontario1
Orange3
Oswego1
Putnam1
Queens15
Richmond2
Rockland1
Saratoga3
Schenectady1
Suffolk11
Sullivan3
Tioga2
Ulster1
Warren1
Wayne1
Westchester3
Wyoming1

All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to eligible New Yorkers aged 5 and older, with walk-in vaccination available at all sites on a first-come, first-serve basis for people aged 12 and older. Information on which sites require appointments for children in the 5-11 age group is available on our website. People who prefer to make 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 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, 6,809 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 4,574 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 Region934,790310852,842360
Central New York626,925140579,300180
Finger Lakes834,066208769,626221
Long Island2,074,1051,8411,836,8011,034
Mid-Hudson1,622,8451,0071,419,127583
Mohawk Valley315,47760291,75672
New York City7,560,8532,6406,651,1051,549
North Country293,21195264,20586
Southern Tier424,664145388,29898
Western New York919,551363839,817391
Statewide15,606,4876,80913,892,8774,574

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