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COVID Mask Mandate About to End?


Hospitalizations for COVID are getting better across the state and that is key for Governor Kathy Hochul, who is evaluating the need to continue a mask mandate.

She laments the low rate of vaccinations for children aged 5-11…about 20%. “I know we can do better than that,” said Hochul. “And, again, their older siblings, we’re at about 80% – for the 12-17 year olds. Let’s get those younger kids vaccinated.”

Hochul does plan an announcement on Wednesday. She says she is talking with hospitals and schools first.

“I’m gathering data. I always said I would do that. It’s not a knee jerk reaction, but we are trending in a very, very good direction.”

State Data
New York State Health reports Cortland County with one death and 11 new positive tests for COVID on Sunday, the most recent statistics available.

As a reminder – The SUNY Cortland COVID test site remains open weekdays 8:30 to 4 at the Chugger Davis Building. Appointments are encouraged.

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