Long Island saw more than 3,100 newly reported COVID-19 cases, according to data released by the New York State Department of Health on Saturday, Jan. 16.
An additional case of the United Kingdom so-called "Super Strain" variant was identified in Tompkins County. To date, there are 17 known cases of the variant in New York State.
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There were 1,787 new cases in Suffolk County and another 1,409 in Nassau for a total of 3,196.
The positive infection rate on Long Island the last three days is as follows.
- Wednesday, Jan. 13: 8.69 percent
- Thursday, Jan.14: 8.27 percent
- Friday, Jan. 15: 8.06 percent
There are a total of 1,636 hospitalizations on Long Island as of Saturday, with approximately 29 percent of hospital beds still available in Nassau and Suffolk.
There are currently 700 COVID-19 patients being treated in 859 Long Island ICU units, with 24 percent of those beds still available.
There were 26 newly reported COVID-related deaths on Long Island - 15 in Suffolk County and 11 in Nassau County, and 157 statewide. There have now been 32,725 COVID deaths statewide during the pandemic.
Here is statewide data for Friday:
- Test Results Reported - 277,286
- Total Positive - 15,998
- Percent Positive - 5.77%
- Patient Hospitalization - 8,888 (+80)
- Patients Newly Admitted - 1,144
- Number ICU - 1,580 (+10)
- Number ICU with Intubation - 983 (+21)
- Total Discharges - 114,868 (+949)
- Deaths - 157
- Total Deaths - 32,725
"New York is fighting to beat back COVID as we distribute the limited vaccine available as quickly as possible," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. "We're deploying all the tools in our toolbox — making sure hospitals have enough capacity and conducting ever-higher numbers of tests—to keep New Yorkers as safe as possible.
"But our actions as individuals and as communities to stay socially distanced, wear masks and wash our hands are of vital importance, as is the willingness of local governments to enforce the rules.
"When communities decide to slow the spread, it will slow down. It's purely a function of our actions."
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