On Tuesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul called on New Yorkers to keep using test swabs to stop the spread of the surging COVID-19.

“We have come a long way in the past two years,” Hochul said in a statement.

“I know first-hand how tests can help stop the spread to our vulnerable loved ones, so let’s keep using this critical tool,” Hochul added.

Hochul said 21 more New Yorkers recently died of COVID.

Based on the data gathered by Hochul’s medical team, the hyper-infectious subvariants of the omicron strain continue to circulate, and the weeklong statewide case rate has roughly doubled over the last month.

The same data also showed that treatmetnts have improved, and 87% of adults in the state have completed an initial vaccination series.

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