According to the most current state figures released on Saturday, New York’s COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations have continued to grow as the holiday season approaches in November.
The Number Of COVID Related Hospitalizations Is Increasing In New York
On average, over 6,100 people per day in New York City are now testing positive for COVID-19, representing a 22 percent rise from the roughly 5,000 people who tested positive for COVID-19 during the first seven days of November.
In fact, it has achieved its highest level since the middle of April in the seven-day moving average. While this is happening, the most current official figures show that more than two-thirds of New Yorkers have received all of their recommended vaccines.
The answer is straightforward and will ensure that New Yorkers can have a safe Christmas season this year, no matter what happens in the world. To protect yourself against the flu, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recommended people on Saturday to get their flu shots, as well as a booster shot if they had previously had their shots.
According to the New York State Department of Health, the vast majority of the state’s 62 counties are experiencing significant increases in new COVID-19 positives, with increases ranging from a 32 percent increase in cases over the seven days through Thursday on Long Island to a 37 percent increase in cases in Niagara County in western New York.
In addition, hospitals in New York recorded 2,249 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday, representing a 20 percent rise over the previous Friday’s total of 2,049 cases. Certain locations, such as Manhattan and Albany, have had a steady decline in hospitalization rates for many years now.
In contrast, a considerable increase in hospitalizations is being seen over the majority of the state, spanning from Saratoga to Erie County. In Saratoga, for example, COVID-19 has been verified in 35 instances, almost doubling the previous figure of 12 patients as of Friday, Nov. 12. (see chart).
The number of patients in Onondaga County in Central New York has increased by 33 percent in the last year. Monroe County, which is situated in the Finger Lakes region, has experienced an increase of 244 patients, representing a 30% rise in the number of patients.
A further 227 individuals were admitted to hospitals in Erie County, representing a 23 percent increase over the previous year. New York Governor Andrew Hochul issued a warning earlier this week, noting that if COVID-19 rates continue to grow, residents of high-risk areas in the state may be forced to different viral treatments.
On the other hand, the governor has not outlined any specific procedures that she may restart, nor has she established a threshold for how high-interest rates may rise before she would take action.
Attorney General Letitia James, who is running for governor against Republican incumbent Andrew Cuomo, released a statement on Saturday in which she urged on Hochul to address the rise in the number of people entering the state.
She went on to say that hospitalization rates are higher in large swaths of the state, including much of central, western, and northern New York than they were at this point the prior year in many areas.
According to James, it is critical that action be done soon to save as many lives as possible. We will not tolerate anything less than fearless action on our part.