COVID-19 on the decline in Onondaga County? Wastewater might suggest so
COVID-19 on the decline in Onondaga County? Wastewater might suggest so

COVID-19 on the decline in Onondaga County? Wastewater might suggest so

(WSYR-TV) — Despite over 450 new COVID-19 cases in Onondaga County, there could be signs of the virus’ intensity lessening.  

County Executive Ryan McMahon tweeted Wednesday that “wastewater testing at (the) Metro Plant (is) starting to suggest a decline in COVID intensity.” 

He also noted that 456 people tested positive Wednesday, with 297 of the cases through the lab and 159 from at-home tests. 101 residents are in the hospital with COVID-19, though McMahon notes that 30% of those patients tested positive while in the hospital for other ailments. He did not note the number of patients in the ICU. There were no new deaths reported. 

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

“With new contagious subvariants circulating, let’s be vigilant in using the tools to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and out of the hospital,” Governor Hochul said. “Get your vaccine, your booster, and your second booster if you’re eligible, get tested if you feel sick, and if you test positive, talk to your doctor as soon as possible about treatment. Let’s keep moving forward safely through this pandemic.” 

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:   

  • Cases Per 100k – 40.23  
  • 7-Day Average Cases Per 100k – 31.67  
  • Test Results Reported – 111,687  
  • Total Positive – 7,862  
  • Percent Positive – 6.92%**  
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 5.56%**
  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,404 (+47)  
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 286  
  • Patients in ICU – 170 (0)  
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 66 (+2)  
  • Total Discharges – 293,938 (+226)  
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 14 
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 55,329 

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data — not percent positivity.  

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.    

Important Note: Effective Monday, April 4, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is no longer requiring testing facilities that use COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to report negative results. As a result, New York State’s percent positive metric will be computed using only lab-reported PCR results. Positive antigen tests will still be reported to New York State and reporting of new daily cases and cases per 100k will continue to include both PCR and antigen tests. Due to this change and other factors, including changes in testing practices, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data — not percent positivity.  

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 70,603  

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 – 38,060,532  
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 32,440  
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 200,111  
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 92.3%  
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 83.6%  
  • 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) – 86.6%  
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 82.8%  
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 12-17 with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 72.9%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 81.8%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 74.0%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 89.9%  
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 76.6%  

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

REGION   Sunday, April 17, 2022   Monday, April 18, 2022   Tuesday, April 19, 2022  
Capital Region   29.49   30.13   31.47  
Central New York   53.50   52.91   52.93  
Finger Lakes   35.12   35.95   36.94  
Long Island   29.60   30.93   30.76  
Mid-Hudson   25.98   26.48   26.14  
Mohawk Valley   45.30   45.63   47.25  
New York City   26.54   27.32   28.94  
North Country   27.69   28.20   28.13  
Southern Tier   40.26   40.15   41.00  
Western New York   31.85   32.62   34.42  
Statewide   29.99   30.71   31.67  

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

Region   Sunday, April 17, 2022   Monday, April 18, 2022   Tuesday, April 19, 2022  
Capital Region   8.26%   8.59%   9.00%  
Central New York   14.68%   14.33%   13.91%  
Finger Lakes   11.11%   11.39%   11.81%  
Long Island   5.46%   5.55%   5.79%  
Mid-Hudson   4.61%   5.34%   5.34%  
Mohawk Valley   8.76%   9.08%   9.45%  
New York City   3.29%   3.38%   3.67%  
North Country   7.41%   7.58%   7.65%  
Southern Tier   9.22%   9.20%   9.46%  
Western New York   12.76%   13.25%   13.48%  
Statewide   5.12%   5.33%   5.56%  

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data — not percent positivity.  

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, April 17, 2022   Monday, April 18, 2022   Tuesday, April 19, 2022  
Bronx   1.64%   1.72%   2.20%  
Kings   3.04%   3.18%   3.37%  
New York   4.85%   4.85%   4.97%  
Queens   2.98%   3.08%   3.45%  
Richmond   3.42%   3.45%   3.98%  

** Due to the test reporting policy change by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and several other factors, the most reliable metric to measure virus impact on a community is the case per 100,000 data — not percent positivity.  

Yesterday 7,862 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 5,073,560. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County   Total Positive   New Positive  
Albany   60,247   118  
Allegany   9,004   5  
Broome   46,655   129  
Cattaraugus   15,586   25  
Cayuga   16,820   35  
Chautauqua   23,694   12  
Chemung   21,676   44  
Chenango   9,483   20  
Clinton   17,173   17  
Columbia   10,236   17  
Cortland   10,946   23  
Delaware   7,950   21  
Dutchess   64,773   64  
Erie   213,525   482  
Essex   5,829   7  
Franklin   9,673   12  
Fulton   12,935   17  
Genesee   13,824   23  
Greene   8,764   19  
Hamilton   888   2  
Herkimer   14,223   32  
Jefferson   20,441   38  
Lewis   6,219   4  
Livingston   11,817   15  
Madison   13,687   40  
Monroe   155,908   327  
Montgomery   12,060   11  
Nassau   410,511   514  
Niagara   48,637   73  
NYC   2,341,257   3,499  
Oneida   55,307   209  
Onondaga   116,954   280  
Ontario   20,547   68  
Orange   107,966   108  
Orleans   8,733   14  
Oswego   27,550   103  
Otsego   10,162   21  
Putnam   24,027   24  
Rensselaer   32,105   43  
Rockland   93,544   61  
Saratoga   47,135   74  
Schenectady   33,535   49  
Schoharie   5,100   8  
Schuyler   3,595   12  
Seneca   6,146   30  
St. Lawrence   21,767   56  
Steuben   20,241   33  
Suffolk   431,734   413  
Sullivan   18,641   22  
Tioga   11,054   28  
Tompkins   19,626   87  
Ulster   32,371   46  
Warren   13,915   19  
Washington   12,231   13  
Wayne   17,664   57  
Westchester   255,611   321  
Wyoming   8,371   10  
Yates   3,487   8  

Below is data that shows how many hospitalized individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted for COVID-19/COVID-19 complications and how many were admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions:      

Region  COVID-19 Patients currently hospitalized  Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID  % Admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID  Admitted where COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission  % Admitted where COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission 
Capital Region  106  76  71.7%  30  28.3% 
Central New York  123  79  64.2%  44  35.8% 
Finger Lakes  247  115  46.6%  132  53.4% 
Long Island  176  84  47.7%  92  52.3% 
Mid-Hudson  131  61  46.6%  70  53.4% 
Mohawk Valley  39  27  69.2%  12  30.8% 
New York City  390  144  36.9%  246  63.1% 
North Country  40  22  55.0%  18  45.0% 
Southern Tier  68  30  44.1%  38  55.9% 
Western New York  84  39  46.4%  45  53.6% 
Statewide  1,404  677  48.2%  727  51.8% 

The Omicron variant now represents more than 95% of the viruses in circulation. For more information on variant tracking, please visit here: (COVID-19 Variant Data | Department of Health (ny.gov).      

Yesterday, 14 total new deaths were reported due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 55,329. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:    

County   New Deaths                                    
Albany   3  
Bronx   1  
Chemung   1  
Cortland   1  
Erie   1  
Franklin   1  
Kings   1  
Oneida   1  
Richmond   1  
Rockland   1  
Suffolk   1  
Ulster   1  

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, 3,075 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 2,780 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows:     

   
Regional Vaccination Data by Provider Location            
    People with at least one vaccine dose   People with complete vaccine series      
Region   Cumulative
Total  
Increase over past 24 hours   Cumulative
Total  
Increase over past 24 hours      
Capital Region   971,161   98   889,462   153      
Central New York   649,432   91   601,492   87      
Finger Lakes   869,455   123   807,413   143      
Long Island   2,201,338   472   1,961,405   360      
Mid-Hudson   1,721,385   394   1,512,222   330      
Mohawk Valley   327,013   36   304,577   30      
New York City   8,083,154   1,560   7,162,584   1,441      
North Country   307,097   63   278,112   42      
Southern Tier   442,027   95   405,172   52      
Western New York   960,387   143   884,446   142      
Statewide   16,532,449   3,075   14,806,885   2,780      
             
Booster/Additional Shots            
Region   Cumulative
Total  
Increase over past 24 hours   Increase over past 7  days        
Capital Region   503,408   2,158   12,251        
Central New York   340,865   1,830   9,605        
Finger Lakes   528,414   2,608   15,292        
Long Island   1,209,708   3,480   19,571        
Mid-Hudson   933,742   2,926   18,857        
Mohawk Valley   177,731   676   3,801        
New York City   3,141,586   6,768   51,308        
North Country   159,103   903   4,378        
Southern Tier   238,422   986   5,366        
Western New York   565,687   2,348   12,707        
Statewide   7,798,666   24,683   153,136        

The COVID-19 VaccineTracker 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.   

4/19/2022 Hospital   Nursing Home   ACF   LHCSA   Hospice   CHHA   Total  
Total employee terminations due to being unvaccinated    5,997 1.14%             2,559 1.67%     327 1.05%    8,616 2.98%       100 1.53%     163 1.19% 17,762 1.74%
Total employee resignations and retirements due to being unvaccinated    2,664 0.51%                 61 0.04%        6 0.02%    4,198 1.45%        82 1.25%     145 1.06% 7,156 0.70%
Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated and unwilling to get vaccinated       952 0.18%               328 0.21%      36 0.12%    5,719 1.98%          5 0.08%      74 0.54% 7,114 0.70%
Total on furlough/unpaid leave due to being unvaccinated BUT now awaiting first dose       109 0.02%             1,599 1.05%     512 1.64%    2,501 0.87%         –   0.00%      13 0.10% 4,734 0.46%
Total INACTIVE employees from categories above 9,722   4,547   881   21,034   187   395   36,766  
Total ACTIVE employees 515,143   148,405   30,384   267,860   6,361   13,279   981,432  
Grand Total 524,865   152,952   31,265   288,894   6,548   13,674   1,018,198  

Percentages are estimates. They are based on self-reported data for 04/19/2022. The denominators are active employees reported for 04/19/2022 plus the inactive categories above; they do not include workforce fluctuations that may have occurred in addition to these categories above. 


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