It's no secret that New York State has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the early days.  We are home to the most populated city in the United States, NYC, and a major hub for transportation, meaning many people from all over the world interact with our residents.  Some areas of the state have fared much better than others when it comes to cases of COVID-19.  The 7 counties listed below, have had the most positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by Governor Kathy Hochul's Office yesterday, October 27, 2021 (with statistics reported up through the previous day). Most of these counties are the most populated in the state.

County / Total Positive Cases

7. Orange County - 57,971 Positive Cases
Orange County's population as of 2018 was 372,829. It is located in the southeastern part of New York and home to United States Military Academy at West Point.

6. Monroe County - 85,441 Positive Cases
Monroe County is home to 19 towns, 10 villages, and the third-largest city in the state, Rochester. New York listed its population as 742,474 as of 2018.

5. Erie County - 107,938 Positive Cases
Home to Buffalo, New York's second-largest city, Erie County has a population of 919,719, as of 2018.

4. Westchester County - 144,050 Positive Cases
The population of Westchester County, as of 2018, was 967,612. It is a "suburb" of the New York City area and White Plains is the county seat.

3. Nassau County - 215,425 Positive Cases
The county's population, as of 2018, was 1.358 million. It is widely known as Long Island.

2. Suffolk County - 241,171 Positive Cases
Suffolk County is home to 10 towns - Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southampton and Southold. It had a population of 1,481,093, as of 2018.

1. NYC - 1,095,102 Positive Cases
NYC includes a total of 5 counties - New York (1,628,701), Bronx (1,432,132), Kings (2,582,830), Queens (2,278,906), and Richmond (476,179). The combined population of the 5 counties is 8,398,748 as of 2018, making it the most populated city in the state, and country.

As of October 26, there has been a total of 2,520,231 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in New York.  The 7 counties listed above account for 1,947,098 positive cases or 77.25% of all of the reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The populations of all of the counties are listed as of 2018, as these are the most up-to-date official numbers provided by the state.

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