NY COVID hospitalizations drop as single-day deaths hit recent high

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A woman walks past an advertisement for COVID-19 rapid testing outside of the American Family Care (AFC) Urgent Care, in Patchogue, New York, on January 11, 2022. Photo credit Steve Pfost/Newsday RM via Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As cases and the positivity rate of COVID drops in New York, another alarming figure hit a new recent high Thursday.

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Thursday’s New York COVID-19 report showed 195 new deaths, the largest amount in a single day since the full-scale vaccine rollout began last January.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations dropped by over 200 to 12,452, still a staggering rise from under 2,000 just two months ago. But there’s hope that the worst of the virus hospitalizations could be behind the state.

January’s hospitalization numbers outpaced last winter’s peak, but as of now the figures are still less than the nearly 19,000 patients in state hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic.

The overall statewide positivity rate also continued to drop, now down to 16.93%. At this point a week ago, the rate was 22.3%.

"Even as the rate of new infections continues to move in a promising direction, too many New Yorkers are getting sick, being hospitalized or tragically losing their lives -- we must remain vigilant in our fight against the virus," Gov. Kathy Hochul said. "We can't afford to reverse the progress we've made fighting this winter surge. Let's continue to use the tools at our disposal to stop the spread."

The number of overall COVID cases was just over 60,000, up less than 2,000 from the day before.

ICU patients rose slightly again, up 22 to 1,615.

In New York City, the region saw a sizable drop in its cases per 100,000 people, down to 438 from 482 on Monday. That figure, though, remains highest in the state, with Long Island in second at 345.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that the federal government is sending a “surge” of military medical teams to New York, New Jersey and four other states to help at hospitals overrun with COVID-19 patients.

Among those getting help will be Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn.