Mohawk Valley passes Finger Lakes Region for highest Covid positivity rate

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 December 2020 at 6:37 pm

Finger Lakes still 2nd highest, remains over 8 percent

Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office: This is each region’s percent positive with Covid-19 tests in the past three days.

The Finger Lakes Region, which includes Orleans and eight other counties, no longer has the highest percent of positive Covid-19 tests in the state.

The Mohawk Valley has taken the undesirable top spot with the highest percent positive in recent days, as well as in the past week.

The percent positive over the past 7 days, by region, includes: Mohawk Valley, 8.8%; Finger Lakes, 8.1%; Capital Region, 8.0%; Long Island, 6.6%; North Country, 6.5%; Central New York, 6.3%; Western New York, 6.2%; Mid-Hudson, 6.0%; New York City, 4.6%; and Southern Tier, 3.1%.

Orleans did have the highest percent positive for Covid tests recently, but now is fourth out of the nine counties.

In The Finger Lakes Region, the positivity rate the past seven days for the nine counties includes:

  • Genesee, 11.9 percent
  • Livingston, 11.2 percent
  • Wyoming, 9.0 percent
  • Orleans, 8.5 percent
  • Seneca, 8.4 percent
  • Monroe, 7.9 percent
  • Ontario, 7.2 percent
  • Wayne, 6.5 percent
  • Yates, 5.0 percent

The Finger Lakes remains near the top of the list, and the region leads the state for percent of residents hospitalized due to Covid, at .08 percent.

There were 921 people hospitalized in the Finger Lakes on Saturday or .08 percent of the population, double the state-wide percentage people hospitalized with Covid at .04 percent. Central New York and Mohawk Valley are next at .05 percent.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the Covid numbers from Saturday. There were 7,183 hospitalizations in the state for Covid on Saturday (Dec. 26), the most in the state since May 10, when there were 7,226 hospitalized with Covid.

The most people hospitalized in one day during the pandemic is 18,825 on April 12. The day with the fewest Covid patients hospitalized is 418 on Aug. 30.

“As we near the end of the holiday season, New York remains locked in a footrace between the vaccine’s quick distribution and Covid-19’s continued spread,” Governor Cuomo said. “It has been a tough year and we still have several tough months ahead, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we will make it there if we all do our part to slow the spread.

“New York is working closely with the medical community to not only administer the vaccine, but to continue growing capacity as well,” Cuomo said today. “As that work progresses, the rest of us need to step up, stay united and continue doing what we know works—wearing masks, staying socially distanced and washing our hands.”