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The latest health data has shown that the Omicron COVID-variant is starting to decline in New York.

The statewide coronavirus test positivity rate slid for the seventh straight day, dropping to a still-steep 19.4%.

Despite the drop in the COVID positivity rate, sources said many of New York State’s hospitals are still struggling with a large number of COVID-19 patients.

Sources said hospitals s across the state were treating more than 12,000 patients infected with COVID.

The hospital tally record released by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office also showed that the statewide virus hospitalization tally, which climbed by 275 in the latest data batch, was almost 30% higher Monday than its 2021 peak.

Aside from hospitalizations, the NY COVID death toll rate has also risen to 135.

To spare the hospital from handling more COVID patients, Hochucal called on the parents to vaccinate their children, who have appeared to face increased risk during the omicron onslaught.

“We have the tools to fight this winter surge, and how quickly we turn the corner will depend on our actions,” Hochul said in a Monday statement.

“Wear a mask to help stop the spread, and stay home if you aren’t feeling well,” Hochul added in the statement. “Let’s learn from the lessons of the past and finally put this winter surge behind us,” Hochul added.

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