That number marks the highest single-day total in the state since the pandemic began.
Just 36,454 people tested positive for COVID on Christmas Day, however, far fewer people were out receiving tests.
Almost every day in the past week has set a new record for positive cases since the pandemic began in 2020.
A week prior there were fewer than 13,000 cases a day reported statewide.
NY has passed 3,000,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic according to statistics released on Wednesday afternoon.
The nationwide spike in cases has been wreaking havoc on everything from sports to shipping and especially travel, with 1,141 flights canceled over the holiday weekend and another 4,578 flights delayed, largely due to rising coronavirus infections among flight crews.
Earlier this week, Delta's CEO sent a letter to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, asking the agency to revisit quarantine guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated.
Globally, airlines scrapped about 2,200 flights as of Sunday morning, down from more than 2,800 from the day before, FlightAware’s data showed. The site does not say why flights are canceled.