New York State is setting all the wrong records this week. The COVID-19 surge across the state is the worst to date, since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous record high, 19,942 positive cases of COVID-19, was announced by former Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 15, 2021, for the previous day (January 14).

According to Governor Kathy Hochul's report released on December 20 with data for December 19, we have broken that record for the fourth straight day. A total of 23,391 positive cases were reported for Dec. 19, an increase of 3,449 from the record high set in Jan. Over the past four days, these are the record-breaking totals:

12/19/21 - 23,391
12/18/21 - 22,478
12/17/21 - 21,908
12/16/21 - 21,027

On Jan. 14 there were 324,671 total test results reported (6.14% positive). For Dec. 19 there were 258,612 total test results reported (9.04% positive). While the number of positive cases is at an all-time high if you compare the two days, hospitalizations, intubations, and deaths are down:

January 14, 2021

Patient Hospitalization - 8,808 (-15)
Patients Newly Admitted - 1,153
Number ICU - 1,570 (+34)
Number ICU with Intubation - 962 (+6)
Deaths - 183

December 19, 2021

Patient Hospitalization - 4,020 (+140)
Patients Newly Admitted - 513
Patients in ICU - 769 (+8)
Patients in ICU with Intubation - 451 (+3)
New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS - 60

The COVID-19 7-day average positivity rates have also surged around the state:

RegionSunday, December 19, 2021
Capital Region7.05%
Central New York8.26%
Finger Lakes8.18%
Long Island9.84%
Mid-Hudson6.42%
Mohawk Valley8.62%
New York City6.82%
North Country7.48%
Southern Tier7.27%
Western New York9.06%
Statewide7.40%

Compared to a month ago, New York City, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson regions have seen a tremendous increase in positivity:

RegionFriday, November 19, 2021
Capital Region6.84%
Central New York6.45%
Finger Lakes8.59%
Long Island3.98%
Mid-Hudson2.80%
Mohawk Valley7.29%
New York City1.57%
North Country7.13%
Southern Tier5.23%
Western New York9.48%
Statewide3.73%

Meanwhile, data shows that the Omicron Variant is increasing, although the Delta Variant is still dominant in New York, according to the most recent data released by the New York Health Department.  The data is from the end of November and the beginning of December though, so I would bet that the percentage is much higher now.

The Omicron variant was first confirmed in New York State on December 2, 2021. For samples of SARS-CoV-2 collected between November 21 and December 4, 2021 from New York that are sequenced and entered into GISAID, 1.1% were the Omicron variant.

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