Yates County's COVID cases fall 30.2%; New York cases surge 18.6%

Mike Stucka

New coronavirus cases leaped in New York in the week ending Sunday, rising 18.6% as 37,939 cases were reported. The previous week had 31,981 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

New York ranked 46th 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 1.1% from the week before, with 1,030,256 cases reported. With 5.84% of the country's population, New York had 3.68% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 36 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Some governments may have delayed reporting across the Labor Day holiday, and people who normally would have been tested might not have been tested then. Week-to-week comparisons may be inaccurate.

Yates County reported 44 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 63 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,381 cases and 26 deaths.

Within New York, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in St. Lawrence County with 443 cases per 100,000 per week; Franklin County with 428; and Chautauqua County with 381. 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 5,143 cases; Suffolk County, with 3,545 cases; and Queens County, with 3,496. Weekly case counts rose in 39 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Kings, Queens and Bronx counties.

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New York ranked 12th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 70% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 63.8%, 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 359,031 vaccine doses, including 185,304 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 396,621 vaccine doses, including 201,249 first doses. In all, New York reported it has administered 25,375,921 total doses.

Across New York, cases fell in 23 counties, with the best declines in Dutchess County, with 541 cases from 622 a week earlier; in Ulster County, with 304 cases from 376; and in Madison County, with 115 cases from 181.

In New York, 248 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 236 people were were reported dead.

A total of 2,373,659 people in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 54,904 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 42,087,432 people have tested positive and 673,763 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 3,145
  • The week before that: 3,241
  • Four weeks ago: 2,604

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 121,201
  • The week before that: 128,256
  • Four weeks ago: 111,242

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.

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