NY records 77,859 COVID cases – with 36,186 in NYC – as Big Apple still not reached Omicron peak

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NY records another 77,859 COVID cases – with 36,186 in NYC, as experts warn the Big Apple has still not reached its Omicron-fueled peak

Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, said on Wednesday that she knew people were fed up with the seemingly endless pandemic.

‘I know New Yorkers are exhausted, but we can’t let up against this winter surge,’ she said. 

‘Let’s continue to use the tools that will protect ourselves, our children and our vulnerable loved ones from getting severely sick or hospitalized from COVID.’

New York state has recorded almost 78,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the governor said on Wednesday

She urged the 10.6 percent of New Yorkers over 18 yet to get their first shot to seek a vaccination clinic, and told fully vaccinated residents to get the booster, wear a non-cloth well-fitting mask and exercise caution while indoors.

Hochul confirmed that 10,867 New Yorkers were currently hospitalized with COVID – an increase of 1,968 on the previous day. 

Long lines of people are seen on Tuesday in Times Square, lining up for their COVID tests

Of those, 1,359 were in ICU and 657 intubated. 

This week is seeing the highest rate of hospitalizations this week since May 2020, The New York Times reported. 

New York City was the hardest-hit part of the state, followed by Long Island. 

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