Overall, most of New York is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to COVID-19 positivity rates. Six of the 10 regions listed in Governor Kathy Hochul's daily report have positivity rates over 4 percent. The statewide 7-day average is 2.45 percent, as of the report released on October 17, 2021, which has data for the day before, October 16. Some of the regions have 7-day average positivity rates that are more than double the statewide average.  The Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North County, Southern Tier, and Western New York regions all have positive rates above 4 percent.  Of those, four have rates double the statewide average.  The regions above 4 percent are bolded in the chart below.

Region Thursday, October 14, 2021 Friday, October 15, 2021 Saturday, October 16, 2021 
Capital Region3.79%3.84%3.78%
Central New York5.47%5.70%5.43%
Finger Lakes4.89%4.99%4.98%
Long Island2.75%2.75%2.69%
Mohawk Valley5.29%5.29%5.55%
New York City1.29%1.29%1.22%
North Country6.14%6.25%6.18%
Southern Tier4.01%4.12%4.19%
Western New York4.62%4.79%4.84%

Data provided by New York State/Governor Kathy Hochul

There were 208,704 test results reported from across the state on October 17. Of those, just over 2 percent, 4,204, were positive for COVID-19. There were 36 deaths reported yesterday, which again, reflects data for October 16. There were 2,086 people hospitalized on October 16 due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 86.0 percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.  The percentage of New Yorkers ages 18 and older who have completed the vaccine series is 77.3 percent, according to the CDC.

If you live in New York State and would like to get the vaccine, you can call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX or get more information here.

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