Hochul’s Announcement of New Covid Measures Showcases New Style of Leadership | Local News
She also said she knew few people expected the coronavirus to always be such a problem, but the Delta variant necessitated continued mitigation and vaccination efforts.
The 7-day positive test rate in western New York City stood at 4.1% on Monday. Hochul noted that hospitalization levels are manageable, but the positive one-day test rate for this area was 5.6%, a sign that infection levels remain high.
“I don’t like those numbers, my friends,” Hochul said.
Poloncarz also pointed out that for all deaths from Covid-19 in Erie County in July and August reported so far, those who were not vaccinated were dying at a younger age. Among those who were vaccinated, the average age of death was 80 years. But among those who were not vaccinated, the average death was 70 years.
With the 2020 census increasing the total population of Erie County, the percentage of adults who received at least one dose of the vaccine has now increased from over 70% to 69%, which is lower than the average for l ‘State.
Later Tuesday, Hochul announced in a virtual press conference that she would convene an “extraordinary session” of the state legislature from Wednesday to address three issues, including one related to the pandemic: the extension of ” a moratorium on evictions until January 15. The United States Supreme Court intervened earlier this month to overturn a federal moratorium on evictions put in place by the Biden administration. In the absence of state legislation, leaders fear a housing crisis for tenants in arrears.