7-day COVID-19 positivity up slightly on Long Island

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up on  Long Island, climbing to 4.7%. Meanwhile, New York state officials have guidance to resume nursing home visits, weddings, and catered events.

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

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LATEST STATS: In Suffolk County on Sunday, 10,767 people took a COVID-19 test, down from 13,033 on Saturday; 563 people tested positive (5.2%), up from 513 (3.9%) on Saturday; 46 were hospitalized (total 451); 4 people died; and 27 were discharged. Among 3,207 hospital beds, 967 (30%) are available. Since March 22, 158,592 have tested positive (5.6%); 3,035 died, and 11,522 were discharged.

POSITIVITY RATE: The 7-day average across Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties combined) was 4.35% on Sunday, up from 4.27% the day prior. Long Island continued to have the second-highest 7-day average behind New York City's 4.48% among the 10 regions in New York state.

VACCINE SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION: As of 11 a.m. Monday, Long Island received 468,995 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, unchanged from the day prior. 422,457 (90%) were administered, up from 416,577 (89%) a day earlier.

Suffolk County reported the following positives during the past week:

  • 562 on Sunday, Feb. 21
  • 513 on Saturday, Feb. 20
  • 602 on Friday, Feb. 19
  • 714 on Thursday, Feb. 18
  • 461 on Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • 590 on Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • 526 on Monday, Feb. 15
  • Note: 2,181 on Thursday, Jan. 14 - Second-most on a single day since March 18, 2020
  • Note: 2,194 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Most on a single day since March 18, 2020

COVID-19 in New York State

Throughout New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday said there were 6,146 (4.33%) daily positives, down from 6,610 (2.99%) a day earlier, and 89 people died. The state's 7-day average positivity rate was 3.52%, up from 3.44% a day earlier. COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state dropped to 5,804, down from 5,764 the day prior.

Cuomo said it is important to note that data, including test results and hospital rates, reported early in the week are often not completely reflective of the current situation due to lower discharges and testing volume over the weekend. Data trends over a period of time, such as using 7-day averages, are a preferred metric.

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of New Yorkers, we're beating back COVID more and more every day and that has allowed us to begin reopening different facets of the economy as part of our post-COVID reconstruction," Cuomo said. "Not only are our hospitalization and infection rates declining, but we're continuing to build out New York's already expansive vaccination network to ensure underserved communities are not denied access to this life saving medication."

Cuomo added, "While we're not out of the woods yet, we have the momentum on our side. As long as we stay united and keep doing what we know works, we will finally defeat this invisible enemy and get back to normal."

Nursing Home Visits

New regulations on nursing home visitations will go into effect Friday, Feb. 26, Cuomo said. These full guidelines depend on a county's COVID-19 risk level, and continue to depend on the nursing home facility being free of COVID-19 cases for 14 days. For counties with COVID-19 positivity rates between 5-10% (on a 7-day rolling average), visitor testing is required and visitors must have a negative test before entry. For counties with COVID-19 positivity rates below 5%, visitor testing is strongly encouraged and rapid tests maybe be utilized. Alternatively, visitors may provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination no less than 14 days from the date of the visit. Visitation was not be permitted if the county's COVID-19 positivity rate is greater than 10%. Compassionate care visits are always permitted.

Weddings and Catered Events 

Beginning March 15, weddings and catered events can resume statewide, Cuomo said. Venues are restricted to 50 percent capacity, with no more than 150 people per event. All attendees and patrons must be tested prior to the event. Mask wearing and other safety protocols will be required.


The following is New York state's full status report for Monday: 

  • Test Results Reported - 142,019
  • Total Positive - 6,146
  • Percent Positive - 4.33%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.52%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 5,804 (+40)  
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -819
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 572
  • Hospital Counties - 55
  • Number ICU - 1,148 (-14)  
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 780 (-14)  
  • Total Discharges - 142,724 (+417)
  • Deaths - 89
  • Total Deaths - 37,941 

The regional hospital bed capacity and occupancy numbers, including the number of hospitalizations as a percent of the region's population, is as follows: 

Region

COVID Patients Currently in Hospital in Region

COVID Patients as Percent of Region Population

Percent of Hospital Beds Available Within 7 Days Under Surge Plan

Capital Region

168

0.02%

35%

Central New York

90

0.01%

33%

Finger Lakes

225

0.02%

41%

Long Island

986

0.03%

35%

Mid-Hudson

605

0.03%

43%

Mohawk Valley

113

0.02%

37%

New York City

3,166

0.04%

31%

North Country

72

0.02%

57%

Southern Tier

134

0.02%

47%

Western New York

245

0.02%

38%

Statewide

5,804

0.03%

36%

The regional ICU bed capacity and occupancy numbers are as follows: 

Region

Total ICU Beds in Region

Total Occupied ICU Beds in Region

Percent of ICU Beds Available in Region (7-day Avg)

Capital Region

234

177

27%

Central New York

262

173

33%

Finger Lakes

397

241

37%

Long Island

858

657

22%

Mid-Hudson

676

385

40%

Mohawk Valley

127

91

29%

New York City

2,606

2,000

22%

North Country

60

35

44%

Southern Tier

126

71

44%

Western New York

545

338

38%

Statewide

5,891

4,168

28%

Yesterday, 142,019 test results were reported to New York State, and 4.33 percent were positive. Each region's 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:  

REGION

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Capital Region

2.00%

1.90%

1.99%

Central New York

1.33%

1.24%

1.24%

Finger Lakes

2.37%

2.32%

2.33%

Long Island

4.31%

4.27%

4.35%

Mid-Hudson

4.14%

4.18%

4.22%

Mohawk Valley

2.11%

2.02%

2.03%

New York City

4.40%

4.41%

4.48%

North Country

3.95%

3.82%

3.72%

Southern Tier

0.76%

0.76%

0.79%

Western New York

2.87%

2.28%

2.47%

Statewide

3.53%

3.44%

3.52%

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

BOROUGH

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Bronx

6.00%

5.67%

5.77%

Brooklyn

4.56%

4.48%

4.39%

Manhattan

2.98%

2.91%

2.79%

Queens

4.95%

4.88%

4.94%

Staten Island

4.47%

4.23%

4.37%

Of the 1,584,931 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

20,441

49

Allegany

2,844

5

Broome

14,265

37

Cattaraugus

4,290

9

Cayuga

5,296

7

Chautauqua

7,197

12

Chemung

6,375

13

Chenango

2,383

7

Clinton

3,415

25

Columbia

3,328

10

Cortland

3,090

12

Delaware

1,458

10

Dutchess

21,656

91

Erie

63,678

210

Essex

1,302

4

Franklin

1,977

23

Fulton

3,220

18

Genesee

4,315

22

Greene

2,584

2

Hamilton

276

0

Herkimer

4,513

8

Jefferson

4,641

19

Lewis

2,013

8

Livingston

3,457

5

Madison

3,775

10

Monroe

51,674

110

Montgomery

3,102

7

Nassau

144,131

516

Niagara

15,012

28

NYC

687,543

3,358

Oneida

19,436

43

Onondaga

31,954

45

Ontario

5,668

22

Orange

35,755

107

Orleans

2,403

5

Oswego

5,909

15

Otsego

2,252

5

Putnam

8,135

19

Rensselaer

8,810

22

Rockland

37,674

95

Saratoga

11,642

38

Schenectady

10,645

21

Schoharie

1,173

5

Schuyler

850

0

Seneca

1,551

7

St. Lawrence

5,258

25

Steuben

5,432

6

Suffolk

158,592

563

Sullivan

4,629

13

Tioga

2,760

8

Tompkins

3,398

9

Ulster

9,780

26

Warren

2,776

7

Washington

2,259

11

Wayne

4,388

6

Westchester

104,777

377

Wyoming

2,765

9

Yates

1,009

2

Yesterday, 89 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 37,941. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:  

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

1

Bronx

12

Broome

3

Columbia

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

5

Herkimer

1

Kings

10

Manhattan

8

Monroe

4

Nassau

8

Niagara

1

Orange

1

Queens

11

Richmond

4

Rockland

2

Schoharie

1

St. Lawrence

1

Suffolk

4

Westchester

10

 

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