New York Covid numbers are finally trending down, Gov. Hochul says

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  • New York is finally starting to turn the corner on the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Friday.
  • At a press conference in Albany, a prolific Hochul said the Covid positivity rate and the seven-day case average, which reached new highs amid the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, are now trending downward.
  • “There will come a time when we can say it’s all over,” Hochul said. “We’re not there yet, but boy, it’s on the horizon and we’ve waited a long time for it.”

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New York is finally starting to turn the corner on the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Friday.

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covid positivity rate and seven day average, which Shocking explosion to new heights At a news conference in Albany, Hochul said that amid the spread of the highly permeable Omicron variant, there is now a downward trend.

“There will come a time when we can say it’s all over,” Hochul said. “We’re not there yet, but boy, it’s on the horizon and we’ve waited a long time for it.”

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Hochul reported 177 new deaths and 12,207 hospitalizations from Covid, while noting that both metrics lag behind the virus’s current trajectory.

“You all have done the right thing, and that is why we will be at the forefront of the states in anticipating the long-awaited fall,” Hochul said. ,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. About 73% of New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated against COVID, and about 86% have received at least one vaccine dose.

Hochul also announced that Empire State has achieved 64 million COVID tests, of which 15 million have already been distributed.

The omicron variant is less likely than earlier COVID variants to cause severe symptoms, but is significantly more contagious, leading to a large jump in hospitalizations and deaths.

But Omicron’s mild symptoms didn’t overwhelm New York’s ICU wards as much as they did at the start of the pandemic.

Hochul also thanked the Biden administration for sending medical teams to New York and five other states who had sought help with hospital staff.

FEMA, the agency that sent additional staff, announced earlier on Friday that it would expand its policy to provide funding to states that were using members of the National Guard to support hospitals under stress.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.

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