A whopping one in seven coronavirus tests are reportedly coming back positive in New York, which hit another record of nearly 50,000 new cases on Christmas Eve and has become the Omicron variant epicenter in the US.
The 49,708 coronavirus cases that New York recorded on Friday topped its previous highest figure by thousands, according to the Daily Mail. It is also more than double the state’s seven-day average during the surge last winter which reached a high of 19,942 cases on January 14.
New York had 36,454 cases confirmed on Christmas Day, but that may have only been substantially lower than the prior day because many labs were closed for the holiday.
On Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that 14% of Covid-19 tests have come back positive. She urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
‘As we come home from holiday gatherings, it is as important as ever to take precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19 this season. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and if you haven’t yet, get vaccinated and boosted,’ Hochul stated.
‘The vaccine is the best tool we have to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe as we head into the new year.’
New York has 4,891 people hospitalized, including 880 in intensive care units and 501 who are intubated. The figure is much lower than the 18,825 people who were hospitalized at the peak of the first coronavirus wave on April 9, 2020, as well as last winter’s wave that peaked at 9,273 hospitalizations on January 19.
However, pediatric hospitalizations in New York City are up 395%, from 22 the week ending December 11 to 109 the week ending December 23, ABC 7 reported. Statewide, the hospitalizations hiked up from 70 to 184.
‘The risks of Covid-19 for children are real,’ said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr Mary Bassett. ‘We are alerting New Yorkers to this recent striking increase in pediatric Covid-19 admissions so that pediatricians, parents and guardians can take urgent action to protect our youngest New Yorkers.’
Omicron has been detected in 63% of Covid-19 cases over the past five days. On Christmas Eve, Hochul sent a message steering New Yorkers away from panic.
‘This is not Delta. This is Omicron, which thus far has demonstrated that it’s not as severe in its impact,’ she said.
‘This is not the same situation we had in March 2020 or even last winter’s surge. We’ve had more testing. We’ve had more opportunities.’
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