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COVID-19 cases in New York drop by 90 percent since beginning of January

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  • The number of new COVID-19 cases is decreasing across New York state after cases soared as a result of a winter surge late last year.
  • New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said Tuesday that new cases of the virus have declined by 50 percent since last week.
  • The governor added that hospital admissions are down by 33 percent in the state since last week.

COVID-19 cases in New York have dropped by 90 percent over the last month, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Tuesday.  

Monday data from the New York state health department shows new COVID-19 cases across the state have dropped by almost 50 percent since last week, the governor said during a press conference, adding that new hospital admissions have declined by roughly 33 percent over the last seven days as well.  

State data shows 7,119 positive COVID-19 cases as of Monday, Jan. 31, which represents a 92 percent drop from three weeks ago when the DOH reported 90,132 cases on Jan. 7, according to amNY.  

“This is a beautiful sight,” Gov. Hochul said, according to WSYR-TV. “We have been waiting for this.”  


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Although new cases of the virus and hospitalizations are decreasing, hospitals still need help to deal with existing and future COVID-19 patients.  

Hochul added during the press conference that the state hospitals with staffing shortages have received a number of federal resources including 71 military medical personnel, 110 ambulance units and 225 New York National Guard members, according to WSYR-TV.  

“We believe we’re finally turning the corner on the winter wave. Just like the snow is melting, hopefully these numbers will continue to melt away,” Hochul added, according to amNY.  


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Published on Feb 01,2022

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