Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest 7-Day Average COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since December 1

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 4.38 percent, its lowest since December 1.

“Our post-holiday surge reduction is continuing, and that is the direct result of the toughness of New Yorkers who have sacrificed and done what is needed to beat back this invisible enemy. Our infection rate is the lowest it has been since December 1, so we’re back to where we started on the holiday surge,” Governor Cuomo said.

He added:

“Now more than ever, it’s critically important we stay united and keep the momentum on our side – especially as new variants of the virus threaten to upend the progress we have made. Simultaneously, we also must continue to get New Yorkers vaccinated as quickly and fairly as possible. We’ve made great progress on that front, but one factor continues to hold us back – the supply. Thankfully, the new federal government has begun righting the wrongs of the past administration and the future is looking bright. If we all just stay disciplined and keep doing what we need to do, we will win this war.”

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Test Results Reported – 153,648
  • Total Positive – 7,866
  • Percent Positive – 5.12%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 4.38%
  • Patient Hospitalization: 7,875 (+159)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -192
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 700
  • Hospital Counties – 57
  • Number ICU – 1,412 (-42)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 971 (+10)
  • Total Discharges – 133,869 (+399)
  • Deaths – 138
  • Total Deaths – 36,481

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. For example, while New York’s daily positivity rate reported for Monday, Feb. 8 is 5.12%, an increase from 4.28% the day prior, this rate is lower than the daily rate reported last Monday, Feb. 1 (5.47%) resulting in a decreasing 7-day average on the same day the daily rate increases from the prior day.