New York state reports record 74,000+ new COVID cases in one day

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The skyrocketing COVID positivity rate in New York state continues to climb.

In a Thursday update, Gov. Kathy Hochul said 74,207 out of 336,469 tests were positive. That’s 22.05%.

Gov. Hochul says 78% of recorded cases in the state are now from the omicron variant.

Hospitalizations have now risen by 606 to 7,373. Back in the April 2020 peak, more than 18,000 people were hospitalized at one time.

Sadly, 76 more New Yorkers have died.

The 7-day positivity average in the state is 16.21%.

The 7-day positivity average in the Capital Region has risen to 11.53%.

The 7-day positivity average in the Mohawk Valley has risen to 10.44%.

Gov. Hochul is continuing to urge people to get vaccinated, boosted — and avoid large indoor public gatherings when possible.

She says the state is still waiting on a shipment of 37 million test kits – arriving a few hundred thousand at a time.

Hochul says those will eventually be prioritized for students, so that schools can all be part of the "Test to Stay" program.

MORE INFORMATION: New York State Coronavirus Dashboard | Vaccine Tracker