New cases of the Omicron variant have been reported on Long Island as the region is on the cusp of crossing an unsettling line as the positive COVID-19 rate inches ever closer to 6 percent.
While some parts of New York are making progress in the fight against the virus, Long Island has been trending in the wrong direction, with the seven-day average positive infection rate rising to 5.98 percent, according to the latest update from the state Department of Health.
After seeing a slight downtick, the positivity rate statewide is also on the rise, up to 4.87 percent of those tested on Monday, Dec. 6.
There were 932 - including three cases of Omicron - new cases reported in Suffolk, as the overall number rose to 261,883 since the pandemic began, while Nassau reported 759 new infections as the total number rose to 231,282.
Each of the state's 10 regions now has a positive infection rate above 2.30 percent, while two are over 10 percent, causing concern for some hospitals that have been overwhelmed by new cases.
Fifty-two new virus-related deaths were reported in New York in the latest update from the Department of Health, including two in Suffolk as the total number rose to 3,700, and one in Nassau as the death toll hit 3,340.
Average seven-day Infection rates in the state’s 10 regions according to the latest update from the Department of Health:
- Western New York: 11.12 percent (down .10 percent from the previous day);
- Finger Lakes: 10.14 percent (down .15 percent);
- North Country: 8.58 percent (down .23 percent);
- Mohawk Valley: 8.29 percent (down .12 percent);
- Central New York: 7.93 percent (down .08 percent);
- Capital Region: 7.52 percent (up .07 percent);
- Southern Tier: 6.01 percent (up .06 percent);
- Long Island: 5.98 percent (up .09 percent);
- Hudson Valley: 4.63 percent (up .13 percent);
- New York City: 2.35 percent (up .09 percent).
Each region's 7-day average of cases per 100K population is as follows:
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 69.71 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 70.34 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 71.74 new cases.
Central New York
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 70.04 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 71.05 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 71.62 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 78.63 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 79.16 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 79.84 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 55.64 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 55.11 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 58.25 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 40.14 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 40.99 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 41.68 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 82.28 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 83.34 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 83.87 new cases.
New York City
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 24.03 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 24.44 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 25.69 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 77.88 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 77.91 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 76.48 new cases.
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 79.30 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 77.97 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 81.58 new cases.
Western New York
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 84.47 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 88.58 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 86.75 new cases.
New York State
- Saturday, Dec. 4: 46.93 new cases;
- Sunday, Dec. 5: 47.51 new cases;
- Monday, Dec. 6: 48.69 new cases.
The latest breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, according. to the Department of Health as of Wednesday, Dec. 8:
- Brookhaven: 79,153;
- Islip: 62,269;
- Babylon: 37,023;
- Huntington: 30,003;
- Smithtown: 19,890;
- Southampton: 7,812;
- Riverhead: 4,704;
- East Hampton: 2,305;
- Southold: 2,081;
- Shelter Island: 97.
According to the latest data from the county Department of Health, the most cases in Nassau have been recorded in:
- Levittown: 7,922;
- Hempstead: 6,029;
- Hicksville: 5,871;
- Freeport: 5,440;
- Valley Stream: 5,230;
- Oceanside: 4,735;
- Elmont: 4,447;
- Long Beach: 4,446;
- Franklin Square: 4,383;
- Glen Cove: 2,852;
- Massapequa: 3,569;
- Uniondale: 3,486;
- Woodmere: 3,236;
- Rockville Centre: 3,307;
- Baldwin: 3,157;
- North Massapequa: 2,998;
- Wantagh: 2,993;
- Plainview: 2,918;
- North Bellmore: 2,841;
- East Massapequa: 2,792;
- West Hempstead: 2,788;
- Merrick: 2,776;
- Garden City: 2,660;
- Lynbrook: 2,595;
- Mineola: 2,577;
- Massapequa Park: 2,569;
- Seaford: 2,566;
- Bethpage: 2,461.
There were 149,184 new COVID-19 tests administered in New York according to the latest update from the Department of Health, resulting in 8,210 newly confirmed infections for a 5.50 percent positive daily infection rate.
One hundred and sixteen more COVID-19 patients were admitted into New York hospitals as the number being treated for the virus jumped to 3,401 statewide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 91.8 percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 81.2 percent are fully vaccinated.
The CDC said that 79.4 percent of all New Yorkers have received at least one dose, with 69.2 percent completing the vaccination process.
As of Dec. 8, 2,026,965 (2,818 new) first doses have been administered to Long Island residents, while 1,799,066 (2,190 new) have completed the process, both among the highest rates in the state.
"It will take all of us coming together and doing our part as New Yorkers to ensure we are able to enjoy this holiday season safely," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said.
"We know what we need to do to limit the spread and prevent serious illness from the COVID-19 virus - get the shot if you haven't already, get the booster if you have, and keep your loved ones safe and healthy by making sure they get vaccinated too."
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