MSSNY eNews: February 10, 2021 – DOH COVID Update TOMORROW 1PM to 2PM


Gov. Cuomo’s  COVID-19 Briefing
– Day 347
– Statewide Positivity rate 4.02%
– 176,750 Test results reported
– 136 deaths
– 7,593 Hospitalizations, down 282
– 1,423 ICU patients, up 11
– 955 Intubations, down 16

Hospitalizations by Region:
– Finger Lakes: 364 (0.03%)
– Western NY: 338 (0.02%)
– Southern Tier: 206 (0.03%)
– Mid-Hudson: 828 (0.04%)
– Central New York: 173 (0.02%)
– Mohawk Valley: 166 (0.03%)
– Capital Region: 313 (0.03%)
– NYC: 3,797 (0.04%)
– Long Island: 1,327 (0.05%)
– North Country:  81 (0.02%)

Positivity by Region:
– Finger Lakes: 2.82%
– Western NY: 4.04%
– Southern Tier: 1.15%
– Mid-Hudson: 5.28%
– Central New York: 1.85%
– Mohawk Valley: 2.88%
– Capital Region: 3.32%
– NYC: 5.08%
– Long Island: 5.29%
– North Country: 4.45%
– Manhattan: 3.21%
– Bronx: 6.74%
– Queens: 5.14%
– Staten Island: 4.85%
– Brooklyn 5.35%

Q & A
– Post holiday surge continues to decrease
– Gov. said COVID has exposed failures in public health, incompetence
in government, failed leadership, and structural racism and discrimination in
the United States
– Gov. outlined disparities in COVID experience: COVID killed Black
people at 2x the rate of White people and Hispanic people at 1.5X the rate of
white people

New Mass Vaccination Sites:
– Gov. announced federal/state partnership to open mass vaccination sites
for socially vulnerable communities in NYC and upstate
– New mass vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens are set to open the week
of Feb 24th and Upstate sites will follow
– These vaccination sites will receive special federal dosage allocations and will
be a joint state and federal effort

COVID Vaccine:
– 2.6 million total doses administered
– 93% of allocated first doses administered
– Vaccine supply is now week-to-week but the White House announced an
additional 5% increase in supply and 3-week allocations

On what needs to happen to increase vaccine access in Queens:
– The mass vaccination site in Jamaica Queens will conduct 3,000 vaccinations
a day for Queens residents
On whether the state will be doing anything else to ensure that members of the
black and brown community will be prioritized at new mass vaccination sites:
– Gov. said location alone of the sites will help to prioritize certain target communities
– Gov. said the obstacle at these sites will not be access but distrust of the
vaccine within the community.

New Eli Lilly Combo Antibody Drug Approved by FDA Yesterday
A new combination antibody drug from Eli Lilly received emergency approval from the FDA Feb. 9. The authorization allows bamlanivimab and etesevimab to be administered together for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and some children who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19.

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NYSDOH COVID-19 Update for Physicians TOMORROW, Feb 11 from 1 PM to 2 PM
Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, February 11 at 1:00 PM 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers.

To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers:

Audio number and code: 844-512-2950 Access code 6474981#

Recipients: All Prescribers
For questions: Please send an e-mail to, a s notify01 is a non-monitored mailbox.

Coalition of Hospitals, Insurers, Employers Call for ACA Expansion
Eight groups representing hospitals, physicians, insurers and employers called on Congress to support proposals to expand the ACA, according to a joint statement released Feb. 10. The coalition includes:

  • America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Benefits Council
  • American Hospital Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • S. Chamber of Commerce

The groups outlined several proposals it wants the federal government to implement. They include the expansion of ACA subsidies, the reintroduction of a three-year, 100 percent federal funding match for states that expand Medicaid and increased federal funding for insurance outreach and enrollment programs. Current proposals under a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill already target increasing subsidies for Americans who buy their health insurance from the ACA marketplace.

“While we sometimes disagree on important issues in healthcare, we are in total agreement that Americans deserve a stable healthcare market that provides access to high-quality care and affordable coverage for all,” the coalition said in the joint statement.

MSSNY, #ThisIsOurShot to Encourage Vaccination & Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy
#ThisIsOurShot is a grassroots social media campaign to encourage vaccination and decrease vaccine hesitancy among patients. If you have photos of yourself receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please share them with us so we can post them on social media. Photos can be emailed to or post your photos to your personal accounts, hashtag #ThisIsOurShot and tag us so we can like and share. Don’t forget, please follow us on Twitter @mssnytweet and Instagram @mssnygram.  

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Onondaga County Health Dept. Recruiting Physician for Medical Director
The Onondaga County Health Department is a nationally accredited health department located in Central New York. The department is recruiting a full-time Medical Director. The position involves responsibility for the medical oversight and administrative direction provided to medically related health programs including Communicable Disease Control, Environmental Health, Healthy Families, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Cancer Services, Public Health Preparedness, and Employee Health. Reports to the Commissioner of Health.


Must be proficient in public health, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. MD degree from a medical school or equivalent professional degree recognized by the New York State Education Department. Board-certified or board-eligible. Possession of a current license to practice medicine in the State of New York.


The salary for the position is $175,500 with scheduled annual increases and a competitive benefits package including: Medical, dental, and vision coverage; Annual vacation, sick, personal leave, and paid holidays; No-cost long term disability; Flexible Spending Accounts;

  • New York State Retirement/Pension and Deferred Compensation Program


  • Please submit a cover letter detailing qualifications meeting the above requirements and a resume to and by February 19, 2021.

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