COVID-19 rates are skyrocketing across New York State. Regions that were controlling the spread just a few months ago, now have 7-day average positive rates above 15 and even 20 percent. Much of the increased spread may be attributed to Omicron. According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul's COVID-19 update yesterday, January 5, 2022, Omicron is currently the dominant variant,

Data today in the GISAID database, the largest repository of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in the world, show the Omicron variant comprised 87.9% of uploaded sequences from NYS between 12/22/21 and 1/4/22.  This slightly lower level than that reported yesterday, reflects the expected fluctuations in the database with uploading batches of data from sequencing laboratories. It indicates that Omicron continues to circulate at an extremely high level across the state although there may be regional differences.

The statewide COVID-19 7-day average positivity rate is 22.45%. These 7 regions have positivity rates that are ridiculously high.

7. Capital Region - 18.04%

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6. Finger Lakes - 18.94%

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5. Western New York - 20.05%

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4. Central New York - 20.42%

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3. New York City - 22.51%

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2. Mid-Hudson - 23.31%

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1. Long Island - 26.36%

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Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases in NYS Have Almost Doubled In Two Weeks

COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated are approaching 500,000 and hospitalizations are up almost 4,000. According to the data released by the New York State Health Department as of December 13, 2021, there had been almost 230,000 breakthrough cases,

226,972 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 1.8% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

 

12,916 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.10% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

The most recent data provided by the New York State Department of Health, as of December 28, 2021, indicates that in two weeks, COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated have almost doubled,

446,895 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 3.4% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.
16,583 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to .12% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

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