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Tracking COVID-19 in New York

Daily cases & positivity rate

Updated Jan. 19, 3:20 pm
On Jan. 18 Daily average (7 days) Change over last week
New cases 1559 2692 --44.50%
Positivity rate 13.95% 16.86% --29%
Data from the New York State Department of Health, Suffolk County Health Department and The New York Times.
Each day includes new cases reported since the previous day.

Updated Jan. 19, 3:20 pm
On Jan. 18 Daily average (7 days) Change over last week
New cases 1605 2523 --49.03%
Positivity rate 12.86% 15.49% --31%
Data from the New York State Department of Health, Suffolk County Health Department and The New York Times.
Each day includes new cases reported since the previous day.

New York City
Updated Jan. 19, 3:20 pm
On Jan. 18 Daily average (7 days) Change over last week
New cases 11301 20082 --45.38%
Positivity rate 10.16% 12.42% --32%
Data from the New York State Department of Health, Suffolk County Health Department and The New York Times.
Each day includes new cases reported since the previous day.

New York
Updated Jan. 19, 3:20 pm
On Jan. 18 Daily average (7 days) Change over last week
New cases 23375 40142 --40.79%
Positivity rate 11.49% 13.98% --28%
Data from the New York State Department of Health, Suffolk County Health Department and The New York Times.
Each day includes new cases reported since the previous day.

Latest news

Update January 18, 3:36 pm
Denise Civiletti

The Postal Service website for ordering free COVID-19 rapid tests is now live.

The USPS is delivering one shipment of four COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email at to request a shipment.

New lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk — and statewide — continue to decline. The 7-day average of daily new cases in Suffolk fell from 5,661 on Jan. 7 to 5,217 on Jan. 11, a 7.9% drop. Suffolk’s one-day record for the number of new lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic began hit 6,992 on Jan. 7. Yesterday, Suffolk reported 3,942 positive cases on Jan. 11. Full story.
New confirmed cases of COVID-19 have declined statewide over the past two days and health officials are hoping it’s the beginning of a trend. In Suffolk, new cases Jan. 9-10 were roughly half of daily numbers in the days prior. Full story.
Unlike previous variants, omicron replicates in the the upper, rather than the lower, respiratory tract, which makes it more contagious — but also less severe, the World Health Organization's COVID-19 technical lead said in a briefing yesterday.. Full story.
Update January 8, 7:50 am
Denise Civiletti

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.

“Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants,” the CDC said.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed the available safety data following the administration of over 25 million vaccine doses in adolescents and found COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and effective, the CDC said.

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website.

Health care workers in New York State will be required to take a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when they are eligible, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today. Full story.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York are increasing fastest among children — and by the largest numbers in the downstate region, according to a report released today by the New York State Department of Health. Full story.
A federal lawsuit brought by the operators of more than 250 nursing homes in New York seeks to set aside a new state law that limits their profits and mandates minimum spending on direct care expenses. Full story.
Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said 25% of the student population and 22% of the district’s staff did not attend school the last three days, a number which he attributed primarily to COVID cases, isolations and those waiting for test results.  Full story.
Update January 5, 12:38 pm
Alek Lewis

A state-run COVID-19 PCR testing site will open at Stony Brook University starting Friday. The site will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and administer approximately 225 tests by appointment and 50 tests by walk-in per day. Appointments are available starting next week and can be made by visiting this link:

Suffolk County has recorded record-breaking new cases every day since Dec. 22, when the 3,268 new confirmed cases outstripped the previous high of 2,194 recorded on Jan. 6, 2021, the peak of last winter’s surge. Full story.
The COVID-19 winter surge, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant, was entirely predictable, so why is there such chaos in testing for the virus right now, when it matters most? Full story.
With COVID-19 infections surging to new heights every day, Gov. Kathy Hochul rolled out updated strategies for controlling the virus in New York, where new cases have increased to 271 per 100,000. Full story.
With COVID-19 cases rising across the region, Northwell Health has temporarily suspended all visitation at some of its hospitals, including Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. Full story.
Meetings of the Riverhead Town board after Jan. 4 will be held virtually because of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, Supervisor... Full story.
Rep. Lee Zeldin and a number of New York State Republican officials today criticized the Hochul administration’s pandemic response, which Zeldin said has exhibited “utter incompetence.” Full story.
According to the State Health Department, 4,577 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday in Suffolk County. The previous one-day high was 2,194 reported on Jan. 6. Full story.
The CDC yesterday shortened its recommended isolation time for asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days. It also said asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19 who are fully vaccinated and have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. Full story.
Tests are available by appointment only beginning Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full story.
Update December 27, 8:00 am

Local surge: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Town of Riverhead for the week ending Dec. 24 (215) was roughly equal to the number of confirmed cases in the town during the entire month of November (217).

Data source: Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Update December 27, 7:59 am

The omicron variant comprised 64% of sequenced positive test results from New York State between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24, according to the GISAID database, Gov. Kathy Hochul's office said in a press release last night.

New York recorded 38,835 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, a record high. Suffolk's confirmed cases topped 3,000 in one day for the first time. In a Christmas Eve address, Gov. Kathy Hochul urged New Yorkers to "be smart" about holiday gatherings. Full story.
January’s high school regents exams have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Education announced yesterday. Full story.
Suffolk County reached a daily coronavirus test positivity rate of more 13.7% yesterday, as public health experts warn families to take precautions against an expanding surge of the coronavirus led by the omicron variant. Full story.
Update December 18, 7:34 am
Denise Civiletti

Two Suffolk County pop-up vaccination sites will be held in Riverhead this week.

Monday, Dec. 20 for Pfizer and Moderna booster shots at First Baptist Church of Riverhead, 1018 Northville Turnpike, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 22 for Pfizer vaccines, as well as booster shots, at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., from 2 to 6 p.m.

For more information about Suffolk County vaccination clinics visit the county's website.

Click here for more information about the COVID-19 vaccines.

With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations climbing in Suffolk and across the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul warned of the impact on hospitals if the U.S. experiences an "exponential" increase in cases in the weeks ahead due to the omicron variant. Full story.
New COVID cases continue to surge in Suffolk, following 2020 winter surge trajectory. Hospitalizations also increase, but at a slower pace than last year. Full story.
New York has a new mask mandate. Effective Dec. 13, masks required in all indoor public spaces unless a COVID-19 vaccine is required to enter the space, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this morning. Full story.
COVID isn’t done with us yet, and try as we might, we can’t just wish it away. Follow CDC guidelines for masks & social distancing. Take a home rapid test before gathering with friends and family. Please be careful. Full story.
This time a year ago, when cold weather kept people indoors and holidays brought them together, the surge began. Suffolk’s daily new cases rose after Halloween, escalated after Thanksgiving, and continued to climb through the holiday season, peaking in mid-January at more than 1,800 per day. Will this winter follow the same path? Full story.
Five cases of the omicron variant have been confirmed in New York, including one in Suffolk County, Governor Kathy Hochul announced tonight. Full story.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, is likely in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said this morning. This comes as a Minnesota resident who tested positive for the variant had attended a convention in New York City. Full story.
Much remains unknown about omicron, the World Health Organization said in a statement yesterday. While research is being done, WHO urges people to wear masks, maintain social distance, avoid crowded spaces and get vaccinated. Full story.
The omicron variant has not yet been detected in New York, but “it’s coming,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said yesterday. Citing the new variant and "warning signs" of a winter surge, including COV1D-19 transmission rates the state has not seen since April 2020, the governor declared a new statewide state of disaster emergency. Full story.
A new coronavirus variant of concern, recently identified in Africa, has public health officials worried it may be more infectious than the delta variant and may evade immunity from previous infection and vaccination. Full story.
The economic and social toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is nowhere more obvious than at the local food pantries who help feed Riverhead families in need. Full story.
Everyone is invited to attend an informational virtual conversation on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. with Commissioner of the Suffolk County... Full story.
Appointments to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 against the coronavirus are available in Riverhead through Peconic Bay Medical Center. Full story.
County Executive Steve Bellone announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20. Bellone said he is experiencing mild symptoms so far. Full story.
Using text messages, scammers are attempting to impersonate the NYS Department of Health and tell text message recipients they are required to enter their information to validate their vaccination status. The text messages link to fraudulent sites. Anyone who receives such a text message should delete it right away. Full story.
An event in Riverhead planned by Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio and another state lawmaker, advertised as an “informational meeting about your constitutional rights regarding vaccinations and vaccine mandates” was canceled after social media posts condemned the event for hosting representatives of an anti-vaccine pseudoscience group. Full story.
Since the beginning of the school year, 2,818 Suffolk children ages 5-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 — a 7.2% test positivity rate for 39,170 tests since Sept. 1 — more than 67% higher than the average test positivity rate in Suffolk overall since Sept. 1, which was 4.3%. Full story.
Riverhead Town will use more than $3.6 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to bolster infrastructure, make up for lost government revenue and support nonprofits and businesses that struggled during the pandemic, if recommendations from town employees are adopted by the Town Board. Full story.
There are currently 31 correction officers out — 22 because of infections and nine who are quarantined due to COVID exposure, said sheriff’s office spokesperson Kristin McKay. Since March 2020, 98 inmates have tested positive for COVID, 79 of whom contracted the disease while incarcerated. Full story.
Peconic Bay Medical Center will have to terminate about 2% of its total workforce today under a Northwell Health COVID-19 vaccine policy that required all employees to present proof of vaccination by 11:59 p.m. Monday to avoid termination, according to PBMC Executive Director Amy Loeb. Full story.
State lawmakers on the East End say they fear an impending staffing crisis in local hospitals and nursing homes due to vaccine resistance among workers. Full story.
Protesters against the state's vaccine mandate for health care workers took to the street on Route 58 in Riverhead Saturday, lining up around the traffic circle near Peconic Bay Medical Center. Full story.
New York State extended its eviction and foreclosure moratorium yesterday through Jan. 15, guaranteeing that families around the state economically suffering because of COVID-19 can remain in their homes at least a while longer. Full story.
Some Riverhead Central School District residents continue to speak out against mask mandates, despite an indoor mask mandate being adopted by the Board of Education and mandated by Governor Kathy Hochul.  Full story.
Students return to Riverhead classrooms for in-person learning Thursday morning, as cases and hospitalizations rise amid a local surge of the delta variant. Full story.
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