BUFFALO – While addressing COVID-19 delta variant spread in Western New York, the state’s new Governor announced her approach to combating the virus this fall, leaving decisions primarily up to local governments.
Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke during a briefing at the University of Buffalo on Tuesday morning.
Hochul says unlike the state’s previous administration, she is going to leave things in the hands of county Health Departments, while providing state resources as needed.
“I know that all of your local health departments have been preparing for this, this is what you do, I think it was County Executive (PJ) Wendel who said, ‘let us do what we do, this is the super bowl for our health care workers, they know how to manage this,’ I will not be micromanaging, but giving guidance based on your input,” said Hochul. “I will be giving you the cover you need, I will be there to be the ally, but, I will not be imposing state people and locations on all of you without consultation.”
She says Western New York’s infection rate is at 5.6 percent, a number the Governor is concerned with and is watching closely.
However, hospital capacity around the region is at 31 percent, a number Hochul is comfortable with at the moment.
As for the vaccine rollout, she says she doesn’t have the authority to impose a mandate, however would if she could, in an effort to get everyone vaccinated to stop further mutations in the future.