New York state has once again set a record for new daily COVID-19 cases, now passing the 85,000 mark as the omicron variant continues to spread.
The state reported 85,476 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Saturday, Jan. 1. The previous record, set the day prior, was 76,555.
The state's seven-day average positivity rate is now 19.79%. New York's City's rate is 30.02%, according to city data. Across the state, 384,365 test results were reported in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 8,451 New Yorkers in the hospital, up from 7,919 on Friday. A total of 1,112 New Yorkers are currently in Intensive Care Units for COVID, an increase of 40 over the past day.
Health care facilities in New York reported 88 new COVID-19-related deaths, up from 80 the day before, according to the state, with 23 occurring in New York City.