ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in November as the holiday season approaches, according to the latest state data released Saturday.
Nearly 6,100 people a day are now testing positive for COVID-19 in New York — a 22% increase from about 5,000 over the seven days to Nov. 11.
That is the highest seven-day average since mid-April.
Meanwhile, the latest federal data shows that more than two-thirds of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.
“There is one simple solution to ensure New Yorkers can enjoy a safe holiday season — get vaccinated if you haven’t already and get a booster shot if you have,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement. from Saturday.
The vast majority of the state’s 62 counties are seeing a sharp rise in the number of new COVID-19 positives: from a 32% increase in cases during the seven days through Thursday on Long Island to a 37 percent increase. % in Niagara County in western New York.
And New York hospitals reported 2,249 confirmed COVID-19 patients on Friday, 20% more than the Friday before.
Hospital admissions are flat in some communities, including Manhattan and Albany.
But much of the state, from Saratoga to Erie County, is also seeing a sharp rise in hospitalizations. Saratoga, for example, has up to 35 patients with confirmed COVID-19, nearly triple the number of 12 patients as of Friday, Nov. 12.
In central New York, Onondaga County has up to 128 patients – a 33% increase.
Monroe County, in the Finger Lakes, has up to 244 patients, a 30% increase.
And hospitals in Erie County report 227 patients, a 23% increase.
Hochul warned earlier this week that a continued rise in COVID-19 rates could mean New Yorkers will once again have to deal with more virus protocols in high-risk communities.
But the governor hasn’t established any specific protocols she could reinstate, and she hasn’t offered a threshold on how high rates could rise before taking action.
Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat running for governor, released a statement on Saturday calling on Hochul to deal with the spike.
She pointed out that large areas of the state — including much of central, western and northern New York — are seeing higher hospitalization levels than they are currently in 2020.
“It’s time to act now to save lives,” James declared. “Anything less than bold action is unacceptable.”