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Hochul expects COVID-19 surge to continue as 67,000 new infections reported

On Wednesday, New York reported a record-breaking number of new COVID-19 infections. In that update, Governor Kathy Hochul said she expects the spike to continue.

There were over 67,000 new positive tests reported, as the state continues to see a surge follow the Christmas weekend. The previous daily record for COVID positive tests was 49,708 set on Christmas Eve.

“Because [people] are with extended family and friends, we do think there’s going to be a spike in cases that’s going to continue,” Hochul said. “Not just in our positive rate, but also in hospitalizations. And then we have New Year’s.”

Wednesday’s data came from Tuesday’s tests. According to the Governor, more than 362,000 tests had been administered.

In a bit of good news, despite hospitalization increasing – the state saw an increase in bed availability. There was an 8% jump in hospital bed capacity in the state.

“If you can avoid the gathering indoors or people that aren’t part of your immediate family, this would be the year to do that,” Hochul added.

She also announced $78 million in federal funds, which are being made available to communities to respond to the pandemic.

The money comes from the Community Development Block Grant, part of the CARES Act.

“I thank President Biden and our federal partners in helping to secure funds to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are designed to assist communities in preventing further spread of COVID-19 and protect our vulnerable neighbors,” Hochul added in a statement. “Mayors, communities, and nonprofits tell us your vision, tell us where you believe the vulnerabilities are greatest in your communities, wherever you think you need the extra help. These additional funds will help, and we will get through this together.”