NY sees some progress after worst COVID-19 stretch since May

Gov. Cuomo gives a coronavirus briefing on Monday, January 25, 2021. Gov. Cuomo gives a coronavirus briefing on Monday, January 25, 2021. | Photo: Gov. Cuomo's Office.

Emily Burkhard
Updated: January 25, 2021 11:44 PM
Created: January 25, 2021 04:25 PM

Statewide, hospitalizations are flattening. Last week the state averaged around 13,300 new cases per day, down steadily from a seasonal peak of around 16,300 new infections per day just under two weeks ago.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo also said more vaccines are on the way.

The New York State Department of Health could be easing restrictions to get more economic activity going again.

Last week was the first time we saw declining hospitalizations since September. As of Monday, afternoon 8,730 people are being treated in the hospital with the virus. Cuomo said 12,000 new cases were reported and 167 people died since Sunday.

"We're seeing the spike come down we're seeing the positivity numbers down, the hospitalization numbers down,” Cuomo said. “So now we can start making adjustments right?"

Cuomo said elective surgeries are back on in Erie County. He was asked specifically about indoor dining in New York City. Cuomo said they are not considering changes to that restriction at this point.

DOH is reviewing what other restrictions could be relaxed.

"The IHME model, which says, that's the Gates funded model, that says we are dropping, and the RT rate etc. they're reviewing that today,” he said. “I believe will have announcements on Wednesday."

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Cuomo said those eased restrictions will help spur economic movement, which is sorely needed as the state faces a $15 billion budget shortfall, though he's hoping to get that amount in federal aid.

In the meantime, Cuomo is calling on federal lawmakers to repeal the State and Local Tax, which he said raised taxes for New Yorkers by roughly $2,600 dollars per year.

"Everyone said they would repeal it,” he said. “They're now in a leadership position, repeal it. That will be a big deal for the state of New York."

Cuomo reiterated that localities must have police reforms passed by county legislatures before April 1 if they want to be included in state funding from the budget.

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