NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations down to 8,484, positivity rate 6.22 pct: governor_china

Grant Boone
January 12, 2021

"We believe that it is more widespread than that number would suggest", Cuomo said.

Cuomo's plan calls for an aggressive public health framework and steps to combat the state's deficit.

Three new cases of the COVID-19 variant so-called "Super Strain" that is said to be approximately 70 percent more contagious have now been confirmed in NY.

Beginning on Monday, a new group of New Yorkers is eligible to receive the vaccine.

The Democratic governor's announcement represented a change in course after he insisted earlier that the state would only expand eligibility once it had enough doses to vaccinate all willing health care workers.

The first case in the United States was identified in Colorado on Tuesday afternoon, December 29. The governor has set high standards for new restrictions on businesses and houses of worship in hard-hit areas of NY that could only kick in once hospitals are nearing crisis capacity levels, and is urging the state to emphasize boosting its ailing economy.

The address is expected to focus on several key issues including recreational marijuana legalization, sports betting, and how to close a $15-billion budget shortfall.

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"My friends, rest assured we can see the future and it is bright", Cuomo said. "New Yorkers would not give up".

It's unclear whether the state will ever pay out that local aid.

The federal government is to blame for the severity of the virus in the United States, Cuomo said.

"It is urgent and necessary that our representatives in Washington bring home relief", New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka said.

Meanwhile, minority Republicans who oppose broad new tax increases said NY has a spending, not a revenue problem.

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