With things going back to a new, pandemic-normal, all does not seem well in New York, where caseloads are showing a steady increase with more hospitalizations each day.
The latest state data released this weekend has gone on to show an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as the holiday season approaches. According to the numbers, nearly 6,100 people a day are now testing positive for COVID-19 in New York — up 22% from roughly 5,000 for the seven days through Nov. 11.
This is the highest seven-day average since mid-April and a major cause for concern. Hospitals in New York reported 2,249 confirmed COVID-19 patients as of Friday, up 20% from the previous Friday. Large swaths of the state — including much of central, western, and northern New York — are seeing higher hospitalization levels than at this point in 2020.
Keeping these trends in mind, Governor Kathy Hochul has warned that a continued uptick in COVID-19 rates could mean New Yorkers will again face more virus protocols in high-risk communities. In a statement during the weekend, the only way Hochul explained the caseloads will decrease- is through more inoculations.
“There is one simple solution to ensure New Yorkers can enjoy a safe holiday season – get vaccinated if you haven’t already and get a booster shot if you have,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in the Saturday statement.