SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New COVID-19 positive case records are being set almost daily in Onondaga County. Thursday was no different and Friday is projected to smash previous records.
768 new cases were announced by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon Thursday, a new record for the County. As for the following day, Ryan projects the positive case number to be between 1,700 and 2,100, which is two-to-three times Thursday’s record.
Of the 768 positive cases, 92% are from residents 59 years old and younger. 139 people are in Onondaga County hospitals with COVID-19, with 21 in the ICU and 81% of those patients unvaccinated.
McMahon also announced two new COVID-19 related deaths. Both women had underlying conditions, one was in her 80s and the other was in her 30s.
Long lines for take home testing kits have been all over Onondaga this week and that does not appear it will change this week. McMahon told the media that tests from the state, which were expected to arrive at some point this week, will not arrive now until next week at the earliest.
Additional testing sites through the county and state are in the works as well. McMahon said they will announce firm plans next week.
You can watch the press conference in the video player below:
Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19.
“As we approach the New Year it is vitally important that we don’t let our guard down in our fight against the pandemic. Let’s make it our collective New Year’s resolution to leave COVID in the past. We have the tools and we know what works – mask up, get vaccinated, get boosted, and exercise caution in large gatherings, especially this weekend.”Gov. Kathy Hochul
Today’s data is summarized briefly below:
- Test Results Reported – 362,594
- Total Positive – 67,090
- Percent Positive – 18.50%
- 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 14.61%
- Patient Hospitalization – 6,767 (+594)
- Patients Newly Admitted – 1,474
- Patients in ICU – 962 (+17)
- Patients in ICU with Intubation – 499 (-20)
- Total Discharges – 228,609 (+897)
- New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 97
- Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 48,249
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 – 61,159
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 – 33,368,704
- Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 139,264
- Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 675,444
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 88.9%
- Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 80.5%
- 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) – 82.8%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 77.7%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 69.6%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 83.6%
- Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 71.6%
Each region’s 7-day average of cases per 100K population is as follows
|Region||Sunday, December 26, 2021||Monday, December 27, 2021||Tuesday, December 28, 2021|
|Central New York||70.52||70.06||82.01|
|New York City||262.01||285.85||323.90|
|Western New York||68.80||71.52||83.90|
Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:
|Region||Sunday, December 26, 2021||Monday, December 27, 2021||Tuesday, December 28, 2021|
|Central New York||9.19%||9.38%||9.63%|
|New York City||12.63%||13.70%||15.25%|
|Western New York||10.03%||10.55%||11.72%|
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||Sunday, December 26, 2021||Monday, December 27, 2021||Tuesday, December 28, 2021|
Yesterday, 67,090 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 3,318,802. A geographic breakdown is as follows:
|County||Total Positive||New Positive|
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 74.2% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/15/21 and 12/28/21. This is a slight increase from the 73.3% announced yesterday, which covered 12/14/2021 to 12/27/2021, and is supporting evidence of the ongoing 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.
Yesterday, 97 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 48,249. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:
|Deaths by County of Residence|
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, 35,783 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 17,444 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 dose||People with complete vaccine series|
|Increase over past 24 hours||Cumulative|
|Increase over past 24 hours|
|Central New York||628,160||581||580,187||369|
|New York City||7,594,693||22,035||6,666,590||9,850|
|Western New York||921,941||1,340||841,519||955|
|Increase over past 24 hours||Increase over past 7 days|
|Central New York||217,656||3,228||14,932|
|New York City||1,613,738||34,003||182,177|
|Western New York||390,157||5,225||24,365|
The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally-reported data, which is inclusive of federally-administered doses and other minor differences. Both numbers are included in the release above.
|As of 12/28||Hospital||Nursing Home||ACF||LHCSA||Hospice||CHHA||Total|
|Total employee terminations due to being unvaccinated||5,732||1.11%||2,410||1.60%||329||1.06%||7945||2.82%||86||1.41%||123||0.90%||16625||1.66%|
|Total employee resignations and retirements due to being unvaccinated||2,323||0.45%||50||0.03%||13||0.04%||3337||1.18%||77||1.26%||120||0.88%||5920||0.59%|
|Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated and unwilling to get vaccinated||1,360||0.26%||676||0.45%||68||0.22%||8158||2.90%||9||0.15%||89||0.65%||10360||1.04%|
|Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated BUT now awaiting first dose||53||0.01%||1,500||0.99%||493||1.59%||2663||0.95%||8||0.13%||4||0.03%||4721||0.47%|
|Total INACTIVE employees from categories above||9,468||4,636||903||22,103||180||336||37,626|
|Total ACTIVE employees reported 12/28/21||505,926||146,387||30,082||259,651||5,939||13,339||961,324|
Percentages are estimates. They are based on self-reported data for 12/28/21.