NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Eric Adams is expected to address the rise in COVID over New York City.
Hospital admissions in the state of New York have exceeded 10,000. We have not seen such a high number since May 2020.
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In New Jersey, more than 5,100 people are hospitalized along with more than 1,500 in Connecticut.
Adams is expected to release a statement Wednesday from Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. On Tuesday, he thanked doctors and nurses for their hard work in Brooklyn.
But it is the Bronx that many leaders are concerned about.
“Even though it’s alarming right now, we can get this under control,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson.
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The district was devastated by COVID deaths in 2020, and the outlook now looks bleak.
The Bronx has an overall positivity of 27.9%. The Fordham, Kingsbridge and University Heights neighborhoods are the highest with 47.3%.
“I think the fact that more people are being tested drives the numbers up. The exposure too. A lot of people still don’t wear face masks,” Gibson said. “We also know a lot of people are not vaccinated.”
Quick tests and PPE will be available to residents Wednesday at a community center in the Highbridge section.
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The district president is also pushing to expand testing in schools.
On Tuesday, the mayor was again asked about the safety of the schools.
“Today, no schools are closed,” he said. “The governor, the mayor, the UFT president – we have coordinated with each other.”
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This comes as many Tri-State Area colleges require boosters for their students ahead of the spring semester, including Rutgers and Hofstra universities.
As cases increase, Long Island continues to have one of the highest rates of positivity in the state with more than 27%.
Many schools that temporarily switched to remote control. Hicksville passed home tests, while schools in Freeport, Westbury and Glen Cove switched to virtual learning, citing staff influences from COVID.
“We are currently experiencing the heart of this current Omicron rise,” said North Shore University Hospital Medical Director David Hirshwerk.
Hirshwerk told CBS2 that the hospital is testing all patients for COVID, and about 200 inpatients are positive. So far, the hospital is planning new surgeries that may wait a few weeks.
“We are cutting back and intend to do about 50 to 70% of what we would normally do in terms of surgery. But it is a very careful, selective look and making day-to-day decisions,” he said.
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Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to deliver her State of the State address on Wednesday, and there is no doubt she will also mention more COVID plans.