NY COVID latest: Friday, May 21, 2021


NEW YORK — Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York state and New York City, including data on positive cases and other indicators, and information from local officials.

Vaccine freebies

New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and a scratch-and-win ticket where people have the chance to win $5 million.

NY stadiums, arenas fully vaccinated seating

For the first time since 2019, fans can sit side-by-side in Yankee Stadium as vaccinated seating sections open up Friday at full capacity with no social distancing between seats.

Latest official numbers

Several daily indicators have continued to decline, with the statewide 7-day average positivity rate down to .99%; it’s the 46th day in a row the metric has declined, the state said.

The governor’s office announced the following data on Friday:

  • Test Results Reported – 179,556
  • Total Positive – 1,540
  • Percent Positive – 0.86%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 0.99%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,444 (-46)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week – -323
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 181
  • Number ICU – 330 (-9)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 204 (-4)
  • Total Discharges – 180,703 (194)
  • Deaths – 15
  • Total Deaths – 42,558

As of Thursday, there were 2,074,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 42,542 fatalities, according to data from the state.

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The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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