New Record High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported in New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 258,031 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

“The good news — a new testing record has been set. The bad news — three more cases of the UK COVID strain have been found,” Governor Cuomo said. “If we are to beat COVID once and for all, we need to win the footrace between how fast the infection rate rises and how fast vaccinations are administered. The UK strain’s Usain Bolt-like infection rate has certainly made that job all the more difficult, especially since the federal government has refused to mandate testing for international travelers, but New York is forging ahead nonetheless. We have worked tirelessly to expand hospital capacity and are doing everything we can to accelerate the distribution of the vaccine. What we all need to do now is remember that our actions will determine what happens next – so stay smart, wear a mask and avoid gatherings.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 258,031
  • Total Positive – 16,943
  • Percent Positive – 6.57%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 8,527 (-34)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 1,075
  • Hospital Counties – 56
  • Number ICU – 1,428 (-47)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 876 (-36)
  • Total Discharges – 109,035 (+891)
  • Deaths – 188
  • Total Deaths – 31,519