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Hochul: New York headed in ‘wrong direction’ with COVID-19 metrics

Governor Kathy Hochul says New York is headed in the ‘wrong direction’, according to some COVID-19 metrics.

Hospitalizations across the state continue to increase, which is causing concern for public health officials as well as state leaders as they look at the fall and winter months.

To make matters worse, 35 new COVID-19 deaths were reported in the 24 hour period leading up to Tuesday. There were 3,222 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We are continuing to watch the numbers and while some metrics continue to be promising, others are moving in the wrong direction,” Gov. Hochul said Tuesday. “With students back at their schools and colleges and increasingly more people returning to work in-person, it is more critical than ever that we double down on everything we can do to stop the spread of infection. The single best weapon that we have in this fight is the vaccine, which is free, safe and effective. If you still need your shot, please get it as soon as possible so we can all be better protected.”

Vaccination continues to be a challenge in some communities across the state.