COVID hospitalizations soar downstate, hold nearly steady in Capital Region

Gov. Kathy Hochul participates in a virtual briefing Tuesday with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Mayor-elect Eric Adams.

Gov. Kathy Hochul participates in a virtual briefing Tuesday with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Mayor-elect Eric Adams.

ALBANY — The number of New Yorkers hospitalized with COVID jumped 12% from Sunday to Monday, the state Department of Health reported.

All but two of the state’s 10 regions saw increases, but once again, the wide majority of the new admissions were in New York City and its closest suburbs, which are suffering a major surge of new infections blamed on the fast-spreading omicron variant.

Statewide, 6,173 COVID patients were hospitalized Monday. This compares with 7,559 on Dec. 27, 2020, during last year’s post-holiday surge.

In the Capital Region, 268 COVID-positive patients were hospitalized Monday, compared with 394 the same day a year earlier. 

In the Mohawk Valley region, the patient census was 137 Monday and 247 a year earlier.

New York City hospitals, by contrast, had 2,777 COVID-positive patients Monday, compared with 2,631 a year earlier. The patient census in the city has doubled in just the past week.

Hospitalization is considered a better indicator of the pandemic’s severity than the number of positive tests per-capita, and the per-capita number is considered a better indicator than the positive test percentage, the state Department of Health has said.

But through the pandemic, hospitalization has often trailed several days behind trends in new infections. The previous surge of new infections in New York peaked Jan. 7, 2021, for example, but the COVID-positive hospital census didn’t peak until Jan. 19.

Here are the positive test rates and and per-capita new infections per 100,000 residents for select geographies, averaged out over the seven days ending Monday:

  • Albany County — 9.9% — 74.9
  • Fulton County — 11.1% — 42.7
  • Montgomery County — 9.6% — 42.2
  • Rensselaer County — 8.8% — 73.6
  • Saratoga County — 10.7% — 80.4
  • Schenectady County — 8.2% — 38.1
  • Schoharie County — 9.4% — 40.9
  • Warren County — 10.3% — 81.8
  • Washington County 10.2% 55.6
  • Capital Region — 10% — 70.2
  • Mohawk Valley — 9.4% — 55.0
  • New York City — 13.7% — 285.8
  • New York state — 13.4% — 194.4

COVID was first confirmed in the state in March 2020, and it has since claimed over 48,000 New Yorkers’ lives by the state’s incomplete count and over 61,000 by the more-inclusive federal count.

The federal tally for New York stood at 61,084 on Monday, up 3% from 59,280 at the start of December.

The state tally of deaths stood at 1,584 for the eight-county Capital Region, with Albany County losing the largest number of residents (438) and Greene County (95) losing the most per-capita.

The state tally of deaths stood at 1,257 for the six-county Mohawk Valley region, with Oneida County losing the largest number of residents to COVID (697) and Montgomery County (174) losing the most per-capita.

Data on fatalities compiled by county governments sometimes do not match data compiled by the state government due to delays in reporting.

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