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New York ‘turns the corner’ on COVID surge as 7-day average case count drops, says Governor Hochul – CBS New York

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New York ‘turns the corner’ on COVID surge as 7-day average case count drops, says Governor Hochul – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – New York is “turning the corner” from the latest COVID surge, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

It’s not the time to “push football up” yet, Hochul said, but the numbers are finally heading in the right direction, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

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The 7-day average number of cases peaked last week, but is declining and is expected to continue to decline, according to the governor.

“We had over 90,000 cases a week ago today,” Hochul said. “Forty-nine thousand right now. So it’s a very positive trend.

New York’s positivity and hospitalization rates are also dropping. After peaking at 23% positives last week, the state reported 16% positivity on Friday.

“We’re starting to see a drop in our hospitalizations, down about 245 from the day before,” Hochul said. “Still around 12,000. They are still too high. Twelve thousand is not something that we say is positive news. It is still very high, but it will eventually catch up with the trend that is just beginning.

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The governor said about 42% of people hospitalized in the state went for something else and learned they had COVID through automated testing.

Hochul said she believed the positive trends would continue and thanked New Yorkers.

“It’s because you got vaccinated, you wear your masks. You’re a little mad at me — I hear it sometimes even in my own house — but you all did the right thing,” Hochul said.

The governor said New York-area hospitals are trending down, but those upstate are “not out of the woods yet,” especially in areas with higher vaccination rates. weak.

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The indoor mask rule for public places will remain in effect until Feb. 1, but Hochul said officials are constantly evaluating it.



New York ‘turns the corner’ on COVID surge as 7-day average case count drops, says Governor Hochul – CBS New York

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