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Increase in COVID cases in New York

Health officials say new variants of COVID-19 have contributed to a surge in hospitalizations in parts of the state and across the country.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Although the numbers are still relatively low, there has been a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in New York City.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced over the weekend that new variants of COVID-19 have contributed to a surge in hospitalizations in parts of the state and across the country.

“While we are well below the numbers seen during the pandemic, we are closely monitoring activity regarding the latest variants,” Governor Hochul said. “By following guidance and taking simple precautions, New Yorkers can continue to enjoy a safe and healthy summer.”

While the numbers are still low, COVID-19 hospitalizations are slightly higher than the same time last year but still lower than in 2022, state health officials say.

  • As of July 3, 2024, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 hospital admissions reported statewide was 0.72 per 100,000 population.
  • As of July 3, 2023, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 hospital admissions reported statewide was 0.31 per 100,000 population.
  • As of July 3, 2022, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 hospital admissions reported statewide was 1.66 per 100,000 population.

“We are seeing an increase in hospital admissions, but not as many as last year. As people move indoors to escape the heat, transmission increases. This is a good opportunity to remind people to improve indoor ventilation as much as possible. Also, the standing order I signed last year is still in effect, so anyone who wants an updated vaccine can get it at their pharmacy,” said Dr. James McDonald, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.

Authorities believe the increase in cases is due to increased social gatherings during the summer months and, with the high temperatures seen recently, more people are gathering indoors.

If you test positive for COVID-19, here are the CDC’s recommended guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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