COVID cases inch higher in the Empire State

COVID cases inch higher in New York state

Last updated on July 20th, 2021 at 10:21 am

New York state’s COVID numbers crept higher over the weekend, according to Gov. Cuomo’s office, as the highly infectious delta variant of the virus sparked surges around the country.

The Empire State’s positive infection rate for Saturday was 1.51%, continuing its rise from 1.02% a week earlier and 0.63% two weeks earlier, according to the governor’s office. Two New Yorkers died of COVID on Saturday.

Nationwide, the total number of new COVID cases more than doubled over the past two weeks, according to data tracked by The New York Times.

Cuomo — who was set Saturday to face investigators probing sexual misconduct allegations against him — sounded an optimistic note.

There’s “one final push we have to make” to end the pandemic, he said.

“Getting shots in arms is key to our success against this terrible virus, and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, I urge you to make an appointment or walk into one of the many sites we have across the state,” he said in a statement.

New York City had a 1.3% positive infection rate for Saturday, according to the governor’s office. The rate was highest on Staten Island, where 1.88% of COVID tests came back positive.

Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Nevada are undergoing new outbreaks, according to reports, although the country’s daily number of COVID deaths remains low compared with spring 2020.

Hot spots such Arkansas have had low vaccination rates.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy blamed vaccine hesitancy on misinformation moving on social media, extending a war of words between the White House and Facebook.

“All of us — including the media, including individuals, health professionals — have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates,” Murthy said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“My worry is that all this misinformation that’s floating around is having a real cost that can be measured in lives lost, and that is just tragic,” Murthy said.

President Biden on Friday blasted Facebook and other social media platforms for allowing misinformation about COVID to spread.

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