Yates County reports 18 new COVID cases; New York cases surge 23.3%

Mike Stucka

Editor's note: Due to a calculation error, local communities' death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30. They have been removed.

New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 23.3% as 29,211 cases were reported. The previous week had 23,694 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New York ranked 35th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 20.3% from the week before, with 914,968 cases reported. With 5.84% of the country's population, New York had 3.19% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 46 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Yates County reported 18 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported nine cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,209 cases and 26 deaths.

Within New York, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Richmond, Orange and Cayuga counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Kings County, with 4,316 cases; Queens County, with 3,552 cases; and New York County, with 2,902. Weekly case counts rose in 58 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Queens, New York and Kings counties.

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New York ranked 14th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 65.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 59.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, New York reported administering another 297,188 vaccine doses, including 190,265 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 300,969 vaccine doses, including 198,685 first doses. In all, New York reported it has administered 23,595,998 total doses.

Across New York, cases fell in four counties, with the best declines in Rockland, Herkimer and Seneca counties.

In New York, 346 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 94 people were were reported dead.

A total of 2,205,869 people in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 54,090 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 36,678,753 people have tested positive and 621,635 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 15.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 3,086
  • The week before that: 2,276
  • Four weeks ago: 1,401

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 122,551
  • The week before that: 103,585
  • Four weeks ago: 52,507

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.

Crossing guard Kelly Linder helps a masked mother and son across Loretto Road as they make their way to Loretto Elementary School for the first day of the new school year Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida. With the new surge in COVID-19 infections, the Duval County School Board has adopted a masking policy for students and staff, and parents were not allowed to enter the schools.