NYS COVID-19 positivity rate could be over 12% going into 2021, Governor Cuomo warns

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“All of this is highly anticipated at this point,” the governor said during his second COVID-19 briefing in the day.

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided a second COVID-19 update in one day on Tuesday, November 24, regarding the state’s progress on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his first briefing, Governor Cuomo continued to remind New Yorkers and ask them to have Thanksgiving dinner with only those in your home, saying, “This is not a political issue“.

During his second briefing, Governor Cuomo repeated a lot of the same information regarding the holiday season from the first update but added additional information regarding the COVID-19 case in the state.

Cuomo noted that the statewide overall positive rate on Monday, November 23 was 2.9 percent. He also mentioned that there were 47 deaths reported in the state on Monday. “That number has risen again,” said Cuomo.

The governor added, “All this is very expected at this stage.” Drawing links to higher positive COVID-19 cases, increased hospitalizations, leading to higher numbers of intensive care units and intubation.

Cuomo warned that due to increased socialization during the holiday season, the statewide positivity rate could exceed 12% by 2021.

Human Coronaviruses are usually spread through …

  • Air coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of the Coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, and warm your hand.
  • If you are using a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Reduce your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 years or older and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or a respiratory disease such as asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization recommends that you try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with sick people.

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