The danger of another coronavirus outbreak this winter has New York officials on the defensive once more, but vaccines and permission from the feds to receive a booster are all that stands between them and the deadly chapter of last year.
That’s why elected officials continue to promote vaccination as the best defence against the delta variation’s lingering threat and the unknown problems the omicron variant could bring whenever it arrives — or is proven — in the United States.
“We are not helpless; immunizations and testing are the most effective instruments we have in preventing the virus and its mutations from spreading further,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement released Monday. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, get it as soon as possible, and if you need a booster, dosages are readily available throughout the state.”
New York politicians went into action Monday as word of a newly discovered variant spread over the Thanksgiving weekend, not just to address rampant fears about the new strain, but also to address the rising stronghold of delta.
A surge in positivity and hospitalizations, particularly in upstate New York, supported Hochul’s decision to declare a state of emergency last week.
Hochul stated Monday that hospitals in the state that are experiencing a bed shortage must halt all non-urgent surgery as of Friday.
According to the governor, 32 to 36 hospitals in upstate New York will have to suspend elective surgery since their bed capacity is less than 10%. By mid-January, state health inspectors will reevaluate those specific hospitals.
According to Hochul, hospitals downstate, such as those in New York City, Long Island, and the mid-Hudson region, continue to have more available beds as of Monday.
The number of individuals hospitalised in New York for COVID-19 is approaching 3,000, according to state data, and has increased by more than 1,000 in the last three weeks – the first time hospitalizations have surpassed 1,000 since late April. That’s still a far way from the greatest score of over 19,000 set on April 12, 2020, and the highest mark of 9,273 set in January by the second wave.
The state recorded 41 more deaths on Sunday alone, putting almost 550 people in the ICU, with the state’s seven-day average of positive hovering around 4%.