New York Covid numbers are finally trending down, Gov. Hochul says

Governor Kathy Hochul holds a COVID-19 briefing at New York City governor’s workplace on 633 third Avenue.

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New York is finally beginning to flip the nook on the newest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul stated Friday.

The Covid positivity price and the seven-day case common, which exploded to staggering new highs amid the unfold of the extremely transmissible omicron variant, are trending downward, Hochul stated at a press convention in Albany.

“There will come a time when we can say it’s all over,” Hochul stated. “We’re not there yet, but boy, it’s on the horizon and we’ve waited a long time for that.”

Hochul reported 177 new deaths from Covid and 12,207 hospitalizations within the state, whereas noting that each metrics are likely to lag behind the present trajectory of the virus.

“You’ve all done the right thing, and that is why we’ll be at the forefront of the states seeing this long-awaited, much-anticipated decline,” Hochul stated, predicting that New York is “turning the corner on the winter surge.”

New York has the best vaccination price within the nation, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 73% of New Yorkers are totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid, and virtually 86% have obtained not less than one vaccine dose.

Hochul additionally introduced that the Empire State has secured 64 million Covid assessments,15 million of which have already ben distributed.

The omicron variant seems to be much less doubtless than prior Covid variants to trigger extreme signs, however it’s considerably extra infectious, resulting in a significant surge in hospitalizations.

But omicron’s milder signs haven’t led New York’s ICU wards to develop into as overwhelmed as they have 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 might increase its coverage to supply funding to states that have been utilizing National Guard members to help hospitals underneath pressure.

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