By the numbers: 110 days of the pandemic in New York

As governor ends daily briefings, data show scale of suffering and scope of efforts to fight pandemic
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers a briefing March 7, when there were fewer than 100 known cases of COVID-19 in New York state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers a briefing March 7, when there were fewer than 100 known cases of COVID-19 in New York state.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday concluded the series of briefings he has presented to New Yorkers as the state was plunged into the COVID-19 crisis and then pulled itself out over the course of 111 days.

Here are some numbers showing the scale of the human impact the pandemic has had in New York, and the scope of the effort made to halt its spread.


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INFECTIONS: The first New Yorker was confirmed infected on March 1; 386,555 others have since tested positive.

TESTING: Lack of test kits and laboratory limitations held back the state’s initial attempts to get a handle on the pandemic here, but the state ramped up rapidly from a few hundred diagnostic tests a day to an all-time high of 79,303 tests performed Thursday; a total of 3,258,963 tests had been administered as of midnight Thursday.

RATE: The positive test rate has steadily dropped from more than 40% at the peak of the pandemic to 1% Thursday.

HOSPITALIZATION: Hospitals statewide moved to a crisis footing in late March and early April to prepare for the expected surge, which overwhelmed many downstate hospitals but was more manageable upstate; the hospital census dropped from a peak of 18,825 on April 12 to 1,284 on Thursday.

MORTALITY: The first known COVID-19 death recorded in New York state was an 82-year-old Brooklyn woman who died March 13; the official state toll Thursday stood at 24,686, a total that undercounts the actual number of deaths by an unknown number due to issues with accuracy and completeness of data.

VS. THE NATION: New York state has been a national leader throughout the crisis, in good ways and bad — it has had the most infections and deaths, has mounted one of the most aggressive responses and most cautious reopenings, and has shown one of the steepest drops in infection and illness rates.


Counties tally their data differently from each other in some cases and differently from the state in some cases. For example, all seven of the counties below report a higher or lower death toll for themselves than the state does. The federal government meanwhile has another set of numbers. For sake of consistency, the following data are all drawn from the state database:

ALBANY COUNTY: 40,447 tested; 2,049 positive (5.1%) since March; 1.4% positive Thursday; 108 residents dead.

FULTON COUNTY: 6,828 tested; 237 positive (3.5%) since March; 0.6% positive Thursday; 26 residents dead.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: 7,273 tested; 106 positive (1.5%)  since March; 0.4% positive Thursday; 4 residents dead.

RENSSELAER COUNTY: 16,711 tested; 518 positive (3.1%) since March; 1.0% positive Thursday; 30 residents dead.

SARATOGA COUNTY: 23,112 tested; 528 positive (2.3%) since March; 0.4% positive Thursday; 15 residents dead.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY: 22,338 tested; 745 positive (3.3%) since March; 1.0% positive Thursday; 32 residents dead.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY: 2,522 tested; 55 positive (2.2%) since March; 0.0% positive Thursday; 2 residents dead.


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