NY COVID hospitalizations trending down, Hochul says state is ‘turning the corner’


Gov. Kathy Hochul declared Friday that New York was “turning the corner” in the battle towards COVID-19 — with hospitalizations now beginning to decline amid the Omicron-fueled surge.

The variety of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Empire State was at 12,207 on Thursday after dropping for 2 consecutive days, the newest state knowledge reveals.

The latest spike in instances is additionally now trending downward with 49,027 new infections recorded Thursday — down from the file excessive of greater than 90,000 only one week in the past.

The 16.3 % positivity fee has steadily dropped from the peak 23.17 % on Jan. 3.

Despite hailing the “long awaited, much anticipated decline” in hospitalizations and infections throughout New York state, Gov. Hochul warned “this is no time to spike the football.”

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Gov. Kathy Hochul says New York is “turning the corner” as hospitalizations decline amid the Omicron surge.

“We still need to remain vigilant,” she mentioned throughout a press briefing in Albany.

“So let’s continue to use the tools we know will help stop the spread and keep ourselves safe: get the vaccine, get the booster, wear a mask, and stay home if you’re feeling sick.”

She added: “There will come a time when it is all over. We are not there yet. But boy, it is on the horizon, and we’ve waited a long time for that.”

There have been 195 deaths recorded Thursday, which was up barely from the 177 recorded a day earlier.

More than 62,800 New Yorkers have died of COVID all through the pandemic, state knowledge reveals.

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There have been 49,027 new instances and 12,207 COVID hospitalizations recorded Thursday, each down from final week.
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COVID positivity charges are heading down, however Hochul mentioned NYers ought to nonetheless “remain vigilant.”

Gov. Hochul mentioned deaths, that are a lagging indicator, would probably quickly comply with the downward development seen in hospitalizations and instances.

Given the declining knowledge, Hochul mentioned she was desperate to remove indoor masks mandates when the Omicron variant not poses a risk.

She referred to as the masks mandate as a “short term” necessity, including that she needs to “make people feel liberated” as quickly as potential.


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