The 21,908 positive COVID take a look at outcomes are out of 290,930 outcomes reported – equaling a 7.53% positivity fee. More than half of the positive cases are in New York City.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted there wouldn’t be new widespread faculty or enterprise closures regardless of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We are in such a better situation than much of the country, but the key is more, more, and more vaccinations. So we are going to implement these mandates aggressively. We’re sending out inspectors, we need people to do this, we need all of these mandates to be followed. The more we vaccinate, the more we can get through this and the great danger here is shutdowns and restrictions,” de Blasio instructed WNYC Friday.
On Saturday, de Blasio mentioned on Twitter that the City reported 5,263 new cases and 214 new hospitalizations on Friday.
The mayor introduced essentially the most aggressive vaccine mandate in the nation final week, requiring private-sector staff to get vaccinated by December 27.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned that 21,027 positive take a look at outcomes had been reported in New York state Thursday, setting a brand new single-day reporting document.
“The winter surge in COVID-19 cases is a reminder that the pandemic is not over yet and we must take extra care to keep ourselves and each other safe,” Hochul mentioned. “The vaccine is still our best weapon to defeat the virus and ensure we are safe from serious illness. Get the shot if you haven’t yet and the booster if you have, mask up, and wash your hands.”Late Friday, Hochul introduced that greater than 40 new pop-up vaccinations websites can be opening throughout the state over the approaching weeks.
In New York City, strains for coronavirus testing stretched for blocks, with some folks ready for hours for his or her flip.
Three faculties in town had been pressured to briefly shut as a result of rising numbers, bringing the overall to 4.
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Still, the Department of Education mentioned that 4 faculties being closed is definitely low. They are slated to reopen after winter recess on January 3.”We do not hesitate to take action to keep school communities safe and our multi-layered approach to safety allows us to respond quickly and stop the spread. All school employees staff are vaccinated and every student will have a device to ensure live, continuous learning,” The DOE mentioned.
The three faculties now closed embrace: Eagle Academy for Young Men II in Brooklyn, PS 18 in the Bronx, and Robert E. Peary School in Queens.
In simply the previous two weeks, hospitalizations are up 22% in New York, 71% in Connecticut and 66% in New Jersey. Still, Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease issues relating to enterprise and college closures.
NYC hospitalization charges by vaccination standing:
“No, no, no,” he mentioned when requested concerning the chance. “This is not March of 2020.”
He cited vaccine and booster charges, in addition to the potential influence on the economic system.
“We are one of the most highly vaccinated places in the USA,” he mentioned. “The great danger is shutdowns and restrictions, because that would really destroy, in so many ways, people’s livelihoods…(with) everything people have been through, it would be traumatizing. We need to focus on vaccination, radically, use the mandates to the fullest. That’s not just here, but all over the country.”
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De Blasio on Thursday detailed a six-pronged strategy to stamping out omicron in New York City.
Those measures embrace:
–Issuing a well being advisory with steering on retaining secure, together with suggestions for masks carrying, vaccination, testing and booster pictures
–Increase testing capability with more cellular websites and a doubling down on brick and mortar websites, alongside with creating new fastened websites an increasing hours of operation
–Distributing 1 million KN95 masks to well being facilities and clinics
–Distributing half 1,000,000 at residence speedy exams, all without cost
–Doubling down on boosters, being aggressive with a paid media marketing campaign to encourage all who qualify to get a booster
–Doubling down on inspections to implement all present mandates in place
Dr. Jay Varma, a senior well being advisor to de Blasio, mentioned the present spike is an indication of the omicron variant’s speedy unfold and skill to evade immunity.
“Um, we’ve never seen this before in #NYC,” he tweeted.
He went on to say that omicron was evading each vaccine and virus-induced immunity “unlike any variant before.”
“That’s only explanation for dramatic jump in positivity,” he wrote. “Consensus for now (but subject to change) is that immunity *against severe disease* should be far better.”
Cases per capita by vaccination standing:
There continues to be a lot unknown about omicron’s severity, however at this level, it seems to be unfold rather more simply, although fortunately cases at this level seem like more gentle.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul warned that “people are underestimating the power of omicron” and urged widespread sense, masks carrying and booster pictures forward of the winter.
“Has anybody heard anything I’ve said today about the situation we are in?” she mentioned. “This is a crisis. This is a health care crisis, and people are going to die. It is not hyperbole.”
Hochul mentioned she anticipates “a very serious situation” and that (*24*) with the omicron variant.
She additionally criticized “a few outlier counties that have declared their resistance to following health laws.”
NYC COVID demise charges by vaccination standing:
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