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As sure as people are gaining weight on vacation, the COVID-19 infection rate will rise significantly across the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said during his press conference on Sunday.
With New York City’s current rate of 5.46%, the governor believes that New Yorkers need to consider their community’s infection rate, which will increase noticeably in the first week of December after Thanksgiving.
“I think after New Years Eve, January 2, January 10, January 15, then you will see the collective effects of all 37 days,” Cuomo said. “The rate is increasing, there are more restrictions to slow the economy, this is bad for business … you overload the hospital system … the more people die, the more people die. It matters unless you are extremely casual about human life. “
The vaccine, which could come in December or January, will go to high-risk communities like those in nursing homes first and it could be six months before the general population is vaccinated against COVID-19 and the number of deaths continues to rise.
As of November 21, there had been 30 deaths in New York – still a far cry from the 800 a day in May, but no less tragic.
Upper Manhattan is expected to become a yellow zone for vacation, the governor said. Parts of Staten Island could also be declared orange or red if the seven-day average stays above 3%.
There are 420 locations in the five boroughs, many of which are CityMD locations with patient volumes spanning blocks at times.
Regarding reports that there was a wedding in New York City over the weekend with up to 7,000 attendees, Cuomo said his administration and the city would not only investigate but hold the organizers accountable.
According to Cuomo, heads of state had worked to stop a similar size wedding of members of the Orthodox Jewish community and said that if their response was to hold a “secret” wedding of a similar size he would feel “deceived” by Hasidic leaders.
“It was also disrespectful to the people of New York,” Cuomo said. “We literally canceled a wedding a couple of nights ago that was going to be a very big wedding. If it turns out that we canceled that wedding, the reaction would be, “Well, we’re going to have a secret wedding.” That would be really shocking and completely deceptive in relation to the conversations I had. I had personal conversations with members of the community. But put that aside – I’ve been deceived many times – and the city should do a thorough investigation … We will bring the full consistency of legal action to bear. “
In anticipation of a winter surge in COVID-19, the governor has ordered that bars and restaurants will no longer be allowed to be served indoors after 10 p.m., with delivery options allowed. This comes with the expectation that more closings will be made if the numbers change.