After Thanksgiving, New York had 19 new COVID cases, despite increased warnings and regulatory limitations.
According to a USA TODAY Network review of Johns Hopkins University statistics, New York had a 10% increase in coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday.
The rises come as an indoor mask rule takes effect in New York on Monday unless companies or events demand a vaccination for admittance.
In a statement released Monday, Hochul said that with the Christmas travel season approaching and families gathering inside, it’s more vital than ever to be cautious and safe.
“Get the vaccination if you haven’t already, and encourage your family to do so.”
It was the highest covid rate since January at 5% on Monday in New York.
Still, the statistics showed some promise: Rates around or above 10% in western New York and the Finger Lakes dipped to 9.5 percent and 8.5 percent for the week.
According to the figures, the positive rate in Monroe County decreased 14% last week. Oneida County COVID instances declined about 8%.
Reporting over Thanksgiving, when some testing sites were closed or had restricted hours, may have delayed or distorted certain results.
Despite this, New York’s overall caseload increased for the week while the national rate declined almost 4%.
With 5.8% of the country’s population, New York had 8.4% of the cases last week. And New York was one of 18 states with increased instances last week.
Some spikes were notable: Westchester County’s COVID cases increased 33% last week, prompting County Executive George Latimer to declare a state of urgency. On Monday, he revealed he had COVID.
In Putnam County, the number of positive COVID cases increased by 49%. Cases in Rockland County rose 6% last week.
In Dutchess County, they rose 16%.
The worst weekly outbreaks in New York were in Hamilton County (679 cases per 100,000), Tompkins County (669), and Orleans County (662). The CDC estimates high community transmission starts at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Covid cases declined in 39 of New York’s 62 counties, with the greatest drops in Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga.
However, Tompkins County instances quadrupled last week, while Broome County cases increased 14%.
With 81 percent of citizens getting at least one shot, New York placed 11th among states. According to CDC statistics, the national rate is 72%.
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