Yates County reports 33 new COVID cases; New York cases surge 10.5%

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.

New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 10.5% as 34,701 cases were reported. The previous week had 31,399 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New York ranked 43rd 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 5.2% from the week before, with 1,146,098 cases reported. With 5.84% of the country's population, New York had 3.03% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 44 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Yates County reported 33 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 16 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,274 cases and 26 deaths.

Within New York, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in St. Lawrence County with 367 cases per 100,000 per week; Tompkins County with 357; and Franklin County with 342. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Kings County, with 4,408 cases; Suffolk County, with 3,511 cases; and Queens County, with 3,115. Weekly case counts rose in 47 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Kings, Queens and Richmond counties.

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New York ranked 13th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 68% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 62.3%, 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 Saturday, New York reported administering another 388,859 vaccine doses, including 197,929 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 345,456 vaccine doses, including 182,769 first doses. In all, New York reported it has administered 24,620,269 total doses.

Across New York, cases fell in 15 counties, with the best declines in New York County, with 2,258 cases from 2,500 a week earlier; in Westchester County, with 1,230 cases from 1,372; and in Nassau County, with 2,695 cases from 2,747.

In New York, 221 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 170 people were were reported dead.

A total of 2,303,739 people in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 54,420 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 39,944,987 people have tested positive and 648,468 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Thursday, Sept. 2.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 3,228
  • The week before that: 3,274
  • Four weeks ago: 2,041

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 128,205
  • The week before that: 128,869
  • Four weeks ago: 95,496

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.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare nurse Charlee Mehr sits on the bed next to her patient to comfort him as he dies from COVID-19 on Aug. 23, 2021.