Dec 17, 2020
- On this snowy day, I have a simple message that we can all agree with. We want to slow the spread, we want to avoid shutdowns, and together we can do it. We slow the spread by being smart during the holiday season. It's a difficult situation and people need to come together. There's a feeling of safety in your home and there's a feeling of safety when you're with your family, but it just takes one person infected who doesn't know it and living room spread happens. Half of all cases are from people who had no symptoms. So please be careful and stay safe.
1. Total COVID hospitalizations rose to 6,147—up 50 from the previous day. Of the 202,772 tests reported yesterday, 10,914, or 5.38 percent, were positive. There were 1,095 patients in the ICU yesterday, down 3 from the previous day. Of them, 611 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 120 New Yorkers to the virus.
2. The deadline to sign up for a health plan through NY State of Health has been extended. New Yorkers have two more weeks (until December 31) to enroll in a health plan that begins on January 1. "As the pandemic continues, it is especially important for New Yorkers to have access to high-quality, affordable health insurance," said Donna Frescatore, NY State of Health Executive Director. Visit their website or call 1-855-355-5777 to enroll.
3. The Finger Lakes, with 736 hospitalizations, remains a region of particular concern. It has the highest rate of COVID hospitalization as a percentage of its population, at 0.06 percent. Central New York has 386 hospitalizations (0.05 percent of its population); Western New York has 501 hospitalizations (0.04 percent); Mohawk Valley has 194 hospitalizations (0.04 percent); Long Island has 1,025 hospitalizations (0.04 percent); the Mid-Hudson region has 743 hospitalizations (0.03 percent); the Capital Region has 328 hospitalizations (0.03 percent); the Southern Tier has 170 hospitalizations (0.03 percent); and New York City has 2,005 hospitalizations (0.02 percent). The North Country, with 59 hospitalizations (0.01 percent), continues to have the lowest rate of hospitalizations due to COVID.
4. To date, New York has conducted over 22 million COVID tests. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone who is positive, get tested. Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to schedule a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location.