New York’s Turning the Corner ‘on COVID Surge as 7-Day Average Case Count Declines, Gov. Hochul – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) New York “turns the corner” on the latest COVID surge, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

It is not yet time to “spike football”, said Hochul, but the figures are finally going in a good direction, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

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The average number of 7-day cases reached its highest point last week, but is declining and is expected to continue to decline, according to the governor.

“We had more than 90,000 cases today a week ago,” Hochul said. “Forty-nine thousand now. So that’s a very positive trend.”

New York City’s positivity and hospital admissions rates are also falling. After reaching a peak of 23% positive last week, the state reported 16% positivity on Friday.

“We’re starting to see a decline in our hospitalizations, about 245 since the day before,” Hochul said. “Still about 12,000. They’re still too high. Toll fuss is not something we say is a positive news story. It’s still very high, but this will eventually catch up with the trend that is just beginning.”

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The governor said about 42% of the people who were hospitalized in the state opted for something else and learned that they had COVID from automated tests.

Hochul said she believes the positive trends will continue and thanks New Yorkers.

“It’s because you’ve been vaccinated, you wear your masks. You’ve made me a little sad about it – I sometimes hear it even in my own household – but you’ve all done the right thing,” Hochul said.

The governor said hospitals in New York City are going downhill, but the above are “not out of the woods yet,” especially in areas with lower vaccination rates.

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The rule for indoor masks for public places will remain in force until February 1, but Hochul said officials are constantly reviewing it.


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