NY state reports 165 new COVID-19 deaths, 15 total cases of UK variant: Cuomo

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York reported 165 new COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, as well as three new cases of the virus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Health officials confirmed three cases of the U.K. variant in Warren County, pushing the total number of cases the state has recorded to 15, Cuomo said in a press release.

Two previous Warren County cases and four Saratoga County cases have been traced back to a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs, he noted. A second “cluster” of the variant includes two cases in Suffolk County, two in Nassau County and one in Queens.

The state has also confirmed a case in Manhattan that “is not connected to either cluster,” the release noted.

The 165 new COVID-19-related fatalities brought the state’s death toll to 32,175, Cuomo said. Seven of the 165 New Yorkers who died lived in the Bronx; 13 lived in Brooklyn; two lived in Manhattan; eight lived in Nassau County; three lived in Orange County; 16 lived in Queens; two lived in Rockland County; 15 lived in Suffolk County and six lived in Westchester County.

As of Tuesday night, hospitals across the state were treating 8,929 patients for COVID-19, 1,501 of whom were in intensive care and 924 of whom were on ventilators, he said.

Of the 196,868 COVID-19 test results that came back in the state on Tuesday, 14,577, or 7.4 percent, were positive.

“We’re dealing with high numbers of COVID cases across the state as we move through the dark days of winter, and although I understand COVID fatigue has set in, we need New Yorkers to remember that we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“The vaccine is the weapon that ends the war, but we’re locked in a footrace between its quick distribution and the spread of new cases,” he added.

Breakdowns of COVID-19 statistics by region and New York City borough are below: