ALBANY – New York’s Governor predicts the state will likely see an increase in COVID-19 infections following the holiday season.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking during a televised update on Sunday morning, says the increased infection rates is likely due to increased socialization.
Specifically, Cuomo is watching two points of COIVD-19 increases, the first starting on December 1 when those infected at Thanksgiving dinner start to show symptoms.
“After Thanksgiving you go into that period of hyper social activity,” explained Cuomo. “I think after New Year’s Eve, January 2, January 10, January 15, then you see the collective impact of all 37 days.”
He says there are several consequences to increased COVID-19 rates, both on the economy and health care system.
The Governor says more restrictions would be placed on areas experience an uptick in cases, high rates would likely overburden the hospital system with staff and equipment shortages, and more people could die because of infection.
Cuomo says the best he can do as a leader is warn people about those consequences.