Covid positivity, hospitalizations continue to drop in state, region

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 January 2021 at 6:34 pm

Finger Lakes positivity rate drops below 4 percent

This chart from the Governor’s Office shows each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results over the last three days.

In the Finger Lakes, the 7-day average for positive tests dropped below 4 percent on Saturday to 3.92. At the beginning of the month, the region’s positivity rate was over 10 percent.

The nine-county region also has 542 people hospitalized due to Covid. That is more than 400 fewer than the 964 on Dec. 28.

Locally, among the GLOW counties, here are the percent positive in the past 7 days:

  • Genesee, 4.5 percent
  • Livingston, 4.1 percent
  • Orleans, 6.2 percent
  • Wyoming, 7.4 percent

This is the percent positive in the past 14 days:

  • Genesee, 5.2 percent
  • Livingston, 5.4 percent
  • Orleans, 6.1 percent
  • Wyoming, 8.4 percent

Statewide the positivity rate is at 4.44 percent. It was at 7.45 percent on Jan. 1. There were also 7,976 patient hospitalizations statewide on Saturday. The hospitalizations were at 9,273 on Jan. 19.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state 7-day average Covid-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days.

“We’ve dealt with a holiday surge driven by increased social activity, the surge is reducing, and the state’s 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days, which is a significant trend,” Cuomo said. “As we continue to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as supply will allow, with our expansive distribution network ready to vaccinate significantly more people, it’s critical that New Yorkers stay safe. All the models show a continued reduction, and so we’ve been able to loosen restrictions with micro-clusters, the orange zones, and New York City indoor dining. In the here and now, the news is very good, but keep an eye on the U.K. variants and the other variants because all of them suggest more diligence will be needed.”