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The latest data from the New York Health Department shows a sharp rise in COVID cases in central New York.

The NY Health Department data released on Monday shows that the state’s daily positivity rate reached 2.9%, up from 2% a week earlier.

The data also shows that the daily test positivity was an eye-popping 9.1% in Central New York.

To avoid the further rise of COVID in this area, the health department has committed to constantly monitoring the daily COVID cases of the NY estate.

“The recent increase in cases in Central New York highlights the need for everyone to remain vigilant, do their part and get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose when eligible, tested following exposure or when developing symptoms, and to stay home and isolate when sick,” Dr. Mary Bassett, the state health commissioner, said in a statement.

“People should also feel comfortable wearing a mask if they choose to do so while indoors in public places, especially if they have a compromised immune system or are close to someone vulnerable,” Bassett added.

Meanwhile, the same data shows that in New York City, the seven-day positivity rate was a relatively tame 1.8%.

To avoid the further spread of COVID. Hochul has appealed to New Yorkers to have a COVID booster shot.

“The booster dose improves your protection against severe illness and hospitalization, so don’t delay getting one once you are eligible,” Hochul said.

“Let’s continue to safely move forward through this pandemic,” Hochul added.

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