Much of New York state at ‘high’ or ‘medium’ COVID risk

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Most of New York’s 62 counties are now considered high or medium-risk for coronavirus spread.

There were 18 more deaths in the state.

Cases are back on the rise across the country.

Health officials say the U.S. could see up to 100-million new COVID infections. That’s about a third of the population.

As a new highly contagious subvariant spreads, the Biden administration is renewing its call for another $22.5 billion in COVID relief money.

The funding would help provide therapeutics, testing, vaccines and boosters nationwide.