December 13, 2021 By TheNewYorkNews
New York hospitals under strain
More than 80% of New Yorkers ages 18 and up are fully vaccinated, but since Thanksgiving, New York’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has increased by 43%.
Hospitalizations are up 29%, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
On Thursday, Hochul said that at least 32 hospitals across the state had to suspend elective surgeries to free up hospital beds to treat Covid-19 patients.
She also indicated last week that she may deploy the National Guard to some 50 hospitals in Upstate New York that had less than 10% bed capacity.
Therefore New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new temporary indoor mask mandate, but at least one county leader says he won’t be enforcing it.
New York indoor mask mandate announced by Governor Kathy Hochul
On Friday, Hochul announced the rule, in place from Monday, December 13, until at least January 15, 2022. It requires New Yorkers to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces unless businesses implement a vaccine requirement.