ROCHESTER – New York’s Governor isn’t pulling any punches when talking about COVID. Governor Kathy Hochul indicated Monday COVID is surging in the Empire State and she expects the trend to worsen.
“We are not in a good place. I’m going to be really honest with you. This is the winter surge we predicted. We know that particularly after families gathered December 25th over that weekend and the other holiday week we just completed with New Years, there’s a lot of human interaction and what happens when humans gather? They spread the virus. And we fully anticipate on top of the surge that’s already been on-going that there’s going to be another wave that’s occurring as a result of these holidays,” said Hochul while speaking in Rochester.
Hochul pointed out the 51,000 recently reported cases in New York are likely an under-count. She says people likely didn’t get tested over the weekend and she expects that number to rise dramatically.
The Governor also said that though omicron appears to cause milder symptoms than other COVID variants, hospitalizations are up by more than 9,500 in the state.
She promised to poll hospitals to determine how many of those admissions are due to COVID.