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New York governor Kathy Hochul on Monday said the state is not in a good place due to the huge number of COVID-19 cases.
“We’re not in a good place,” Hochul said.

“This is not that wave that we saw last year that kind of went up and up. This is straight up,” Hochul added.

Hochul said based on their assessment, the hospital workforce has already been stretched to its limit, and upstate intensive care wards are running out of space.

Hochul added that despite the huge COVID-19 numbers, to keep schools running remained her top priority, and expressed hopes for a brief if brutal period, noting that cases spiked and then fell suddenly in South Africa’s initial run-in with the omicron strain.

Based on the latest NY health data, the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization count hit 9,563 on Monday, spiking by more than 70% in a single week.

The same data also showed that at its peak last year, which came in mid-January, the tally touched 9,273.

Despite the grim COVID data, Hochul remains hopeful since the city has enough vaccines for its citizens.

Hochul added that the state’s testing capacity had grown significantly, a crucial cog in efforts to keep schools open.

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