COVID-19 positives below 5% again in Suffolk County

HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The COVID-19 daily infection rate is back below 5% as another 590 people tested positive in Suffolk County. Meanwhile, the third mass vaccination site has opened in Suffolk, based at Suffolk County Community College in Selden.

COVID-19 in Suffolk County

LATEST STATS: In Suffolk County on Tuesday, 12,965 people took a COVID-19 test, up from 10,353 on Monday; 590 people tested positive (4.6%), up from 526 (5.1%) on Monday; 52 were hospitalized (total 547); 11 people died; and 40 were discharged. Among 3,215 hospital beds, 812 (25%) are available. Since March 22, 155,739 have tested positive (5.7%); 2,988 died, and 11,290 were discharged.

POSITIVITY RATE: The 7-day average in Suffolk County was 4.5% on Tuesday, unchanged from the day prior. Regionally, the 7-day average across Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties combined) was 4.5% on Tuesday, down from 4.6% the day prior. Long Island continues to have the state’s highest positivity rate.

VACCINE SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION: Long Island had the following as of Wednesday:

  • 285,475 COVID-19 vaccine first doses have been received
  • 255,361 first doses have been administered, 89%
  • 435,000 total doses have been received, 89%
  • 385,881 first and second doses have been administered

NEW VACCINATION SITE: On Wednesday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone joined with Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. Gregson Pigott, Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) Commissioner John Jordan, and Interim Suffolk County Community College Interim President Louis Petrizzo to announce the opening of the county’s third mass vaccination site at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Selden. The new site will serve residents with underlying health conditions.

Suffolk County reported the following positives during the past week:

  • 590 on Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • 526 on Monday, Feb. 15
  • 525 on Sunday, Feb. 14
  • 771 on Saturday, Feb. 13
  • 724 on Friday, Feb. 12
  • 810 on Thursday, Feb. 11
  • 828 on Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • 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 Wednesday said there were 6,092 daily positives (3.58%), down from 6,753 daily positives (4.95%) a day earlier, and 109 people died. The state's 7-day average positivity rate was 3.66%, down from 3.71% a day earlier.

"New Yorkers have continued to do a tremendous job driving down hospitalization and infection rates and because of their dedication, we have been able to safely and responsibly re-open different facets of our economy," Cuomo said. "Even though we have been able to move forward with beginning our post-COVID recovery, all this progress could be canceled out if we don't stay vigilant. While the state continues to get shots in the arms of as many New Yorkers as possible, everyone else should continue to keep their guard up and practice the safe behaviors we all know are critical in ultimately winning this war."


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

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 169,963
  • Total Positive - 6,092
  • Percent Positive - 3.58%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 3.66%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 6,574 (-46)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -1,019
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 664
  • Hospital Counties - 55
  • Number ICU - 1,273 (+2)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 854 (-24)
  • Total Discharges - 139,544 (+569)
  • Deaths - 109
  • Total Deaths - 37,440 

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

219

0.02%

32%

Central New York

121

0.02%

31%

Finger Lakes

281

0.02%

40%

Long Island

1,123

0.04%

32%

Mid-Hudson

691

0.03%

43%

Mohawk Valley

133

0.03%

34%

New York City

3,530

0.04%

31%

North Country

74

0.02%

57%

Southern Tier

145

0.02%

47%

Western New York

257

0.02%

36%

Statewide

6,574

0.03%

35%

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

238

171

23%

Central New York

262

173

31%

Finger Lakes

397

256

36%

Long Island

865

682

21%

Mid-Hudson

677

416

38%

Mohawk Valley

127

92

27%

New York City

2,597

2,024

20%

North Country

63

36

44%

Southern Tier

126

69

41%

Western New York

545

335

39%

NYS TOTAL

5,897

4,254

27%

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

REGION

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Capital Region

2.34%

2.27%

2.06%

Central New York

1.67%

1.72%

1.65%

Finger Lakes

2.31%

2.38%

2.28%

Long Island

4.62%

4.58%

4.52%

Mid-Hudson

4.53%

4.47%

4.43%

Mohawk Valley

2.23%

2.00%

1.96%

New York City

4.47%

4.39%

4.37%

North Country

3.98%

3.97%

3.73%

Southern Tier

0.82%

0.90%

0.85%

Western New York

3.25%

3.31%

3.12%

Statewide

3.74%

3.71%

3.66%

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

BOROUGH

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Bronx

6.11%

5.76%

5.79%

Brooklyn

4.53%

4.38%

4.39%

Manhattan

2.70%

2.59%

2.57%

Queens

4.64%

4.55%

4.50%

Staten Island

4.44%

4.35%

4.40%

Of the 1,548,979 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

20,132

42

Allegany

2,796

28

Broome

13,869

66

Cattaraugus

4,203

18

Cayuga

5,189

7

Chautauqua

7,087

16

Chemung

6,315

8

Chenango

2,329

1

Clinton

3,278

20

Columbia

3,271

20

Cortland

3,038

11

Delaware

1,392

7

Dutchess

21,131

107

Erie

62,391

183

Essex

1,260

11

Franklin

1,844

6

Fulton

3,095

23

Genesee

4,209

5

Greene

2,548

9

Hamilton

273

2

Herkimer

4,468

8

Jefferson

4,517

23

Lewis

1,956

7

Livingston

3,389

15

Madison

3,724

14

Monroe

50,935

105

Montgomery

3,010

8

Nassau

141,224

538

Niagara

14,837

34

NYC

668,341

3,078

Oneida

19,247

32

Onondaga

31,639

59

Ontario

5,554

21

Orange

35,035

137

Orleans

2,379

6

Oswego

5,817

19

Otsego

2,204

8

Putnam

7,986

43

Rensselaer

8,641

20

Rockland

37,088

134

Saratoga

11,441

26

Schenectady

10,513

20

Schoharie

1,132

7

Schuyler

846

1

Seneca

1,508

8

St. Lawrence

5,067

33

Steuben

5,375

7

Suffolk

155,739

590

Sullivan

4,533

27

Tioga

2,695

8

Tompkins

3,345

5

Ulster

9,569

28

Warren

2,726

6

Washington

2,199

9

Wayne

4,333

11

Westchester

102,598

401

Wyoming

2,716

4

Yates

1,003

2

Yesterday, 109 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 37,440. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:  

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

3

Bronx

11

Broome

1

Cattaraugus

1

Chemung

1

Chenango

1

Dutchess

1

Erie

4

Fulton

3

Herkimer

1

Jefferson

1

Kings

23

Manhattan

6

Monroe

3

Montgomery

3

Nassau

10

Niagara

3

Onondaga

2

Orange

2

Queens

9

Rensselaer

1

Richmond

3

Suffolk

11

Ulster

1

Westchester

4

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