COVID-19 positivity rates across New York State are sky-high. As the COVID-19 numbers rise, deaths are also increasing. On Friday, December 31, 2021, there were 88 deaths.

Governor Hochul spoke about the surge and ways that New Yorkers can protect themselves,

“As we fight the winter surge, we need to keep the most vulnerable among us in mind – do what you can to keep others in your community safe from COVID-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and take advantage of the best tool we have at our disposal – the vaccine. If you haven’t gotten your second dose, do so as soon as possible and get your booster if you’re eligible. We will continue to make vaccines, boosters and testing more widely available as part of our Winter Surge Plan so we can continue to keep each other safe.”

Here are the most recent COVID-19 7-day average positivity rates across the state:

RegionFriday, December 31, 2021
Capital Region14.56%
Central New York14.91%
Finger Lakes15.68%
Long Island22.69%
Mohawk Valley12.58%
New York City20.56%
North Country11.94%
Southern Tier12.24%
Western New York16.42%

Just a few months ago, New York City's rates were under 2 percent.  To help control the spread, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that six new testing sites are set to open tomorrow, January 4, 2022, around New York.  These sites will offer rapid antigen tests.  You can schedule your appointment here.

Capital Region
Crossgates Mall (Former Ruby Tuesday location)
1 Crossgates Mall Road
Albany, NY 12203

Central New York
CNY Regional Market F Shed
2100 Park Street
Syracuse, NY 13208

Finger Lakes
YMCA Carlson MetroCenter
444 E Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Hudson Valley
Grace Baptist Church
52 S 6th Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Patriot Hills Golf Club
19 Club House Lane
Stony Point, NY 10980

Western New York
Northwest Buffalo Community Center
155 Lawn Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14207

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