Hochul warns of more Covid-19 protocols if New York infection rates don’t drop – Community News

Hochul warns of more Covid-19 protocols if New York infection rates don’t drop

Albany, NY — New Yorkers in upstate communities seeing increases in Covid-19 cases could face more pandemic restrictions again if the infection rate doesn’t drop, Governor Kathy Hochul said Tuesday.

The Democrat Later tweeted a tone of optimism: She says she will instruct the health commissioner to relax rules such as masks in schools if New York “gets through the holidays without peak.”

Hochul didn’t outline any specific Covid-19 protocols she could reintroduce, or how she would define a drop or spike in Covid-19 rates.

But she said she is troubled by vaccine retention and signs of increasing Covid-19 cases in parts of western and central New York.

“If the numbers don’t start in a downtrend at some point, we’re going to have to talk about bigger protocols,” Hochul said. “I really hope the whole community will listen to this because it doesn’t have to be that way.”

New York hospitals reported 2,051 patients with confirmed Covid-19 on Monday, a 9% increase from 1,878 the previous Monday.

Hospital admissions have risen statewide since late August.

But hospitalizations are on the rise in Western New York and the Finger Lakes region.

And the per capita rate of new Covid-19 positives is higher in less vaccinated rural counties along the Pennsylvania border: Only 40% of Allegany County residents, for example, are fully vaccinated.

The governor said anyone who thinks they are at high risk of contracting Covid-19 should get a booster shot.

“This area is a high transmission area,” Hochul said in Buffalo on Tuesday. She added, “Anyone who personally feels that risk should get the booster.”