November 29, 2022

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As cases and hospitalizations rise by Covid-19, New York state issues ‘catastrophic emergency’ declaration

NEW YORK – New York Governor Cathy Hoshol issued a statement on the “catastrophic emergency” as the state reports a sharp rise in new cases linked to Covid-19 and admissions. The measure allows the local health department to limit actions deemed unnecessary and non-urgent in medical facilities, so that patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus receive immediate treatment.

“We continue to see the warning signs of heights [de casos] From covid in winter, though The new variant is Micron Not yet discovered in upstate New York, it’s coming. Today, I signed an executive order to help the Department of Health increase hospital capacity before potential spikes occur,” Hochul wrote on Twitter.

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According to the governor, the measure will allow the state to purchase essential supplies to fight the epidemic more efficiently. She even appealed to residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Get vaccinated and get a booster shot as soon as you can,” the governor wrote.

The government action comes at a time when all areas of the state are recording a sharp rise in the number of cases. According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), compiled by The New York Times, the moving average for the past 14 days, on Thursday, was 6,666 cases per day, while the average of hospitalizations is 2,846. Also on Thursday, there were 32 deaths were recorded, down 14% from the past 14 days.

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Despite the warning of increased cases and hospitalizations, and the potential risks posed by the omicron variant, the governor highlights the commitment of the local population to vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90.3% of the state’s adult population has received at least one dose of available vaccines, and 80.5% have already completed a course of vaccination. Of the total population, 77.5% of subjects received at least one dose, and 68.2% completed the course.

Hochul also took the opportunity to ask parents and guardians to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11—since the beginning of November, the CDC has released a dosing application by Pfizer for this age group.

He wrote: “Children between the ages of 5 and 11 are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and the Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to vaccinate your young ones.”

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The New York government’s decision comes as the United States returns to record a significant increase in Covid-19 infections: On Thursday, the moving average of cases was about 91,000 daily infections, while the death rate was 1066. As for vaccination, 69.9% of Americans received a single dose on least, while 59.5% have already completed the course.