ALBANY — New York is seeing clear signs that the recent, record-setting surge of Covid-19 cases in the state is beginning to wane, Gov. Kathy Hochl said.
After reaching an all-time of over 90,000 new Covid cases a week ago, the total yesterday fell to about 49,000. The seven-day average of new cases is down to about 67,000.
Hochul thanked New Yorkers for their efforts to help slow the spike.
“You’ve all done the right thing,” she said during a press conference in Albany. “That is why we’ll be at the forefront of the states seeing this long-awaited, much-anticipated decline.”
Hochul noted that new cases remain elevated, but the trend is pointing in the right direction.
Positive tests started skyrocketing in the state in December. The statewide positive test rate is now down to about 16%, Hochul said, after peaking at 23% earlier this month.
As they have throughout the pandemic, the decline in hospitalizations and deaths due to Covid will trail the drop in new cases, Hochul added.
But even now, hospitalizations have started to drop or flatten in some areas, including New York City, Long Island and Western New York. They continue to be more concerning elsewhere, including in Central New York, Hochul said.
Statewide hospitalizations have fallen for the last two days in a row and now total 12,207. That’s down over 464 from two days earlier.
At least 177 people died due to Covid yesterday, down from 195 the day before.
“We have to continue being vigilant,” Hochul said. “We’re not going to spike the football. There will come a time when we say it’s all over. We’re not there yet, but boy it’s on the horizon.”