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- New York state officials have reported 22,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the last day.
- The number marks the third straight day the state has reported a record-breaking number of new cases.
- The average daily number of new cases has doubled over the last week in New York City alone.
New York state health officials reported a record-breaking number of new cases of COVID-19 on Monday for the third day in a row as a new surge of the virus overtakes the state.
Out of the 258,612 COVID-19 tests conducted on Sunday, 23,391 came back positive for the virus, pushing the state’s overall positivity rate to 9.04 percent, according to officials. In addition, more than 4,000 hospitalizations and 60 new COVID-related deaths were reported.
-258,612 Test Results Reported
-4,020 Hospitalizations (+140)
-60 new deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS pic.twitter.com/4ZSzRZmkTm
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 20, 2021
In New York City, COVID-19 cases more than doubled since last week, according to numbers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which reported a seven-day average of 7,235 cases, a major jump from the 3,834 average daily cases reported for the week before.
“It’s going to be a very challenging few weeks, but the good news is based on what our health care leadership understands at this moment, we are talking about a matter of weeks. We’re going to see a really fast upsurge in cases. We’re going to see a lot of New Yorkers affected by Omicron,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference Monday.
“So far, thank God, based on everything we’ve seen so far, the cases are more mild than what we’ve experienced previously. But again, a lot of research we’re still waiting for, a lot of evidence we’re still waiting for.”
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