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Governor’s Office Warning of Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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Reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, according to the New York Governor’s Office. New York Governor Kathy Hochul says both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise so far this summer, but remain significantly lower than the 2022 summer season.


“While we are well below the figures seen during the pandemic, we are closely monitoring activity regarding the latest variants,” Governor Hochul said. “By following the guidance and taking simple precautions, New Yorkers can continue to enjoy a safe and healthy summer.”

The Governor’s Office notes increased social gatherings taking place during the summer months, and high temperatures forcing people indoors. The seven day average for newly reported cases of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the state is .72 per 100,000, up from .31 per 100,000 in 2023.

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said, “We are seeing an increase in admissions to hospitals, yet below prior year increases. As people move indoors to escape the heat, transmission does increase. This is a good opportunity to remind people to improve indoor ventilation whenever possible.”

New Yorkers are being encouraged to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and to seek appropriate treatment if you tested positive for COVID-19. New York State continues to follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19. You can find those guidelines HERE.

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