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Hochul vows schools will stay open, businesses remain open as COVID Omicron surge continues in New York

Governor Kathy Hochul gave an update on New York’s fight against COVID-19 and the surge of Omicron cases Monday afternoon.

In the update, she vowed to support local governments willing to enforce the state’s mask request for private sector businesses, and said that schools would be kept open.

Monday represented another day of record-breaking positive cases.

Hochul shed some light on how the state will combat the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. There were 23,391 new COVID infections and 4,020 patients hospitalized in New York as of Monday.

The ‘Winter Surge Plan’ includes:

– $65 million to support local governments;
– More tests, with an additional 10 million on the way;
– Additional testing sites across the state;
– Additional masks for New York; and
– Support to hospitals, including 30 additional teams to assist the National Guard.

This story will be updated soon with daily numbers.

Check out the press conference below: