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COVID Surge Starting To Peak In NY Hochul Puts In Booster Mandate

Safeway pharmacist Shahrzad Khoobyari administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to Chen Knifsend at a vaccination clinic in San Rafael, Calif., in October. The companies are seeking regulatory authorization to expand boosters to everyone 18 and older.
Safeway pharmacist Shahrzad Khoobyari administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to Chen Knifsend at a vaccination clinic in San Rafael, Calif., in October. The companies are seeking regulatory authorization to expand boosters to everyone 18 and older.

New York State officials say there’s early indicators the winter coronavirus surge is starting to peak. The daily number of COVID hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise but Governor Hochul says that data lags behind cases and the data shows daily case numbers appear to be leveling off and that hospitalizations should follow.

“You may look at that trend. There is a slight peaking. It’s not the straight up and down like an arrow it was before.”

State Health Commissioner Mary Basset says she wants a few more days to be able to tell if the winter surge is peaking.

“I think that we can expect a difficult January but things should be much better by February.”

Meanwhile, Governor Hochul is putting in a booster mandate for state healthcare workers. Hochul says they must get the booster shot within two weeks of their eligibility. There’s no test out option.

“Because of them testing positive without symptoms. They have been going home and that has been a source of an enormous stress on our health system so if we can get them boosted, they can get back to work faster.”

Meanwhile, there’s changes to the nursing home visitor policy. The state is now making nursing home visitors wear a higher quality surgical mask and show a negative COVID test before entering. Hochul says there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in nursing homes.