The number of COVID-19 related deaths is trending in the wrong direction in New York. You read that number right, it's actually almost 11,000 percent (10,880%) from where we began the month. On August 3, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was still in office at the time, reported that there were 5 deaths from COVID-19 on the previous day, which was August 2. Between August 2 and September 2, there was a total of 549 deaths from the deadly virus (see the chart below for the daily breakdown). On September 2, as reported today, September 3, the daily death toll was 28. If you compare the deaths on the first day of the month, August 2, which was 5, to the last day of the month, September 2, which was 28, that alone is an increase of 460 percent for just those two days. Over the course of 30 days, the number of deaths grew exponentially.

The daily numbers were pulled from the daily reports that the Governor's Office provided via its pressroom. One difference between the administrations' reporting is that once Kathy Hochul was sworn in as Governor of New York, there was a notation that they pulled the daily death numbers from HERD, starting with the report released on August 24 for the previous day,

New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.

Governor Cuomo's reports did not specifically mention HERD, so it's not clear if that resulted in fewer or more deaths being reported.

Here is the daily breakdown of COVID-19 deaths across New York State between August 2, 201 and September 2, 2021:

8/3/21 8/2/21 5
8/4/21 8/3/21 7
8/5/21 8/4/21 5
8/6/21 8/5/21 5
8/7/21 8/6/21 11
8/8/21 8/7/21 11
8/9/21 8/8/21 12
8/10/21 8/9/21 17
8/11/21 8/10/21 15
8/12/21 8/11/21 16
8/13/21 8/12/21 13
8/14/21 8/13/21 13
8/15/21 8/14/21 18
8/16/21 8/15/21 11
8/17/21 8/16/21 18
8/18/21 8/17/21 20
8/19/21 8/18/21 17
8/20/21 8/19/21 17
8/21/21 8/20/21 18
8/22/21 8/21/21 21
8/23/21 8/22/21 28
8/24/21 8/23/21 11
8/25/21 8/24/21 16
8/26/21 8/25/21 25
8/27/21 8/26/21 18
8/28/21 8/27/21 26
8/29/21 8/28/21 27
8/30/21 8/29/21 18
8/31/21 8/30/21 22
9/1/21 8/31/21 27
9/2/21 9/1/21 33
9/3/21 9/2/21 28

(Compiled by Yasmin Young from reports released by the New York Governor's Office)

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Unvaccinated New Yorkers at High Risk, Really Just Avoid Everything: CDC

With the Labor Day holiday coming up on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control is issuing warnings to unvaccinated New York residents. People who are still unvaccinated should avoid traveling during the holiday, one of the last chances to get out for a weekend getaway before summer ends and school begins. Yesterday, August 31, the Director of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Paula Walensky, held a press event outlining concern over the further spread of COVID-19, including by and to unvaccinated people moving around the state and the country.  During the press event, a reporter, Zeke Miller with the Associated Press, asked about travel guidelines issued by United States' national public health agency,

We have actually articulated that people who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel.  Although given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take their own — these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling. First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling.

Dr. Walensky also suggests that vaccinated people should avoid gathering indoors with unvaccinated people during the holiday,

First, if gathering with family and friends, remember that spending time outside with others who are vaccinated will help to prevent transmission.  Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that the vast majority of transmission takes place among unvaccinated people in closed, indoor settings.

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