Governor Kathy Hochul holds a COVID-19 briefing at New York Metropolis governor’s workplace on 633 third Avenue.
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New York is lastly beginning to flip the nook on the newest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned Friday.
The Covid positivity charge and the seven-day case common, which exploded to staggering new highs amid the unfold of the extremely transmissible omicron variant, at the moment are trending downward, Hochul mentioned at a press convention in Albany.
“There’ll come a time once we can say it is throughout,” Hochul mentioned. “We’re not there but, however boy, it is on the horizon and we have waited a very long time for that.”
Hochul reported 177 new deaths from Covid and 12,207 hospitalizations, whereas noting that each metrics are likely to lag behind the present trajectory of the virus.
“You’ve got all finished the correct factor, and that’s the reason we’ll be on the forefront of the states seeing this lengthy awaited a lot anticipated decline,” Hochul mentioned, predicting that New York is “turning the nook on the winter surge.”
New York has the best vaccination charge within the nation, based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Practically 73% of New Yorkers are absolutely vaccinated in opposition to Covid, and nearly 86% have obtained at the very least one vaccine dose.
Hochul additionally introduced that the Empire State has secured 64 million Covid checks,15 million of which have already ben distributed.
The omicron variant seems to be much less probably than prior Covid variants to trigger extreme signs, however it’s considerably extra infectious, resulting in a serious surge in hospitalizations and deaths.
However omicron’s milder signs haven’t led New York’s ICU wards to turn out to be as overwhelmed as they had been at first of the pandemic.
Hochul additionally thanked the Biden administration for sending medical groups to New York and 5 different states that had requested for assist with hospital staffing.
FEMA, the company that despatched the extra employees, introduced earlier Friday that it will broaden its coverage to supply funding to states that had been utilizing Nationwide Guard members to assist hospitals below pressure.
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