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COVID-19 cases in New York drop by 90 percent

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Story at a glance

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases is decreasing across New York state after cases soared as a result of a winter surge in late 2021.
  • 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 (D) said Tuesday.  

Monday data from the New York state health department shows new coronavirus 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, which represents a 92 percent drop from three weeks ago when the state health department reported 90,132 cases.  

“This is a beautiful sight,” 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,” she said, according to amNY.


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