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Hochul says NYS is ‘closely monitoring’ new COVID-19 subvariant, doesn’t anticipate surge

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul addressed the emergence of the BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19 at press briefing on Monday, March 21.

Hochul stated that while the state is monitoring the BA.2 subvariant closely, she doesn’t anticipate a major surge, according to CNY Central.


“We are closely monitoring BA.2, and will continue to stay vigilant by making tests, vaccines and boosters widely available,” said Hochul, according to a press release. “The best way to keep the numbers down is by using the tools we know work. If you feel sick, get tested. If you test positive, talk to a doctor right away about treatments. Together we will continue to move forward safely through this pandemic.”

As of Sunday, March 20, New York’s 7-day average positive test rate for COVID-19 was 1.92%, with 1,099 total positive cases reported over the same period.



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