Governor Kathy Hochul holds a COVID-19 briefing astatine New York City governor's bureau connected 633 3rd Avenue.
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New York is yet starting to crook the country connected the latest question of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.
The Covid positivity complaint and the seven-day lawsuit average, which exploded to staggering caller highs amid the dispersed of the highly transmissible omicron variant, are present trending downward, Hochul said astatine a property league successful Albany.
"There volition travel a clip erstwhile we tin accidental it's each over," Hochul said. "We're not determination yet, but boy, it's connected the skyline and we've waited a agelong clip for that."
Hochul reported 177 caller deaths from Covid and 12,207 hospitalizations, portion noting that some metrics thin to lag down the existent trajectory of the virus.
"You've each done the close thing, and that is wherefore we'll beryllium astatine the forefront of the states seeing this agelong awaited overmuch anticipated decline," Hochul said, predicting that New York is "turning the country connected the wintertime surge."
New York has the highest vaccination complaint successful the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 73% of New Yorkers are afloat vaccinated against Covid, and astir 86% person received astatine slightest 1 vaccine dose.
Hochul besides announced that the Empire State has secured 64 cardinal Covid tests,15 cardinal of which person already ben distributed.
The omicron variant appears to beryllium little apt than anterior Covid variants to origin terrible symptoms, but it is importantly much infectious, starring to a large surge successful hospitalizations and deaths.
But omicron's milder symptoms person not led New York's ICU wards to go arsenic overwhelmed arsenic they were astatine the opening of the pandemic.
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