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Governor Kathy Hochul threatens drastic measures as upstate region positivity rates rise

Governor Kathy Hochul stated during a press conference in Albany that her original stance was to let local governments hold power over the decisions made regarding COVID. Now, her patience is wearing thin.

According to, she stated drastic measures may be taken.

Hochul does not hold the same emergency powers that former Governor Andrew Cuomo did.

She stated she will reinforce mask mandates if necessary.

Upstate regions have had around 5% positivity rates. New York City’s is much lower at under 2%.

Hochul believes vaccination and masks make major differences in positivity rates for areas.