New York breaks single-day record for COVID-19 cases with 44,000 reported

New York Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the state on Christmas Eve after a record-breaking 44,000 COVID-19 cases were reported across the state in one day last week.

The governor’s announcement marked four months since she took office from former governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Governor Hochul reiterated the importance of vaccinations in the fight against the new rise in cases, announcing that as of Friday morning, 95 percent of New Yorkers over 18 years old had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “This [95%] is an extraordinary number and I’m very proud of it,” Hochul said.

The governor pointed out that alongside a rise in cases, there is also a significant rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state as the omicron variant spreads. “This [omicron] is a very, very contagious variant,” said Hochul. There were 4,744 New Yorkers being hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday.

Though the numbers have surged, the governor made sure to point out the progress made since this time last year, when over 7,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized with the virus. Hochul encouraged state residents to get the booster shot to keep the numbers down.

“Respectively, vaccinated — even one dose — does not give the protection needed, but these boosters have been doing an incredible job of keeping people safe,” Gov. Hochul said. “Not that you won’t test positive, but the effect is much more diminished than it would have been for people that didn’t have the booster shots.”




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