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New York ‘Turning The Corner’ On COVID Surge As 7-Day Average Case Count Declines, Gov. Hochul Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)New York is “turning the corner” on the latest COVID surge, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

The 7-day average number of cases reached its highest point last week, but is declining and is projected to continue to drop, according to the governor.

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“We had over 90,000 cases one week ago today,” Hochul said. “Forty-nine thousand right now. So that is a very positive trend.”

The state’s positivity and hospitalization rates are falling too. After reaching a peak of 23% positive last week, New York reported 16% positivity Friday.

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“We are starting to see a decline of our hospitalizations, down about 245 since the day before,” Hochul said. “Still about 12,000. They’re still too high. Twelve thousand is not something that we are saying is a positive news story. It is still very high, but this will eventually catch up with the trend that’s just beginning.”

Hochul said New York City-area hospitals are trending down, but upstate ones are “not out of the woods yet,” notably in areas with lower vaccination rates.

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