Gov. Hochul: State to invest $10B in health care; COVID numbers are dropping

According to state data, there are currently 7,119 cases of the virus in the state, down 92% from the Omicron peak three weeks ago. The daily positivity rate has dropped dramatically to 5.92%. She also said that hospitalizations are down 43%.

News 12 Staff

Feb 1, 2022, 6:02 PM

Updated 902 days ago

Share:

Gov. Kathy Hochul brought some encouraging numbers Tuesday morning to NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx during her COVID-19 briefing.
According to state data, there are currently 7,119 cases of the virus in the state, down 92% from the Omicron peak three weeks ago. The daily positivity rate has dropped dramatically to 5.92%. She also said that hospitalizations are down 43%.
She also said that the state would make a $10 billion investment into the health care industry – the largest in New York history. More than $4 billion of that money is going toward bonuses and wages for health care workers.
LIVE UPDATES: NY COVID-19 blog
She’s aiming to grow the health care workforce by 20% over the next five years.
"I want people to know that we are taking this very seriously,” said Hochul. “And we have to make sure that we understand that everyone deserves access to quality health care. That is a basic human right that we're putting an exclamation point on, and we must prepare for what the future throws at us."
As for the state’s indoor and school mask mandate that was upheld during appeals on Monday – the governor didn’t have anything to announce. She says any decision to either lift or extend the mandate would come after conversations with hospitals and school leaders.
The governor also announced that a “long COVID” symposium with a panel of medical experts would be held on the state’s website on Wednesday. You can register for that here.
While at the Bronx hospital, Hochul thanked the military medical personnel that was deployed to help relieve hospital workers who have been working nonstop during the pandemic.



More from News 12
0:27
New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

2:10
Mix of sun and clouds today with an occasional shower this afternoon

Mix of sun and clouds today with an occasional shower this afternoon

1:02
Headlines: New Rochelle stabbing, home burglary, New Rochelle man pleads guilty in Bronx shooting

Headlines: New Rochelle stabbing, home burglary, New Rochelle man pleads guilty in Bronx shooting

1:53
Special election in Yorktown today will fill vacant Town Council seat

Special election in Yorktown today will fill vacant Town Council seat

0:54
Jayne Street Bridge in Orange County gets $1.35M boost for restoration

Jayne Street Bridge in Orange County gets $1.35M boost for restoration

2:27
Made in the Hudson Valley: Hudson Beach Glass gives visitors the chance to become glassblowers themselves

Made in the Hudson Valley: Hudson Beach Glass gives visitors the chance to become glassblowers themselves

0:21
Eastchester police mourn loss of former officer Alex Bonci

Eastchester police mourn loss of former officer Alex Bonci

2:09
Hudson Valley congressman backs Vice President Kamala Harris for new presidential nominee

Hudson Valley congressman backs Vice President Kamala Harris for new presidential nominee

1:19
Bullet pierces through home in Middletown, police search for shooter

Bullet pierces through home in Middletown, police search for shooter

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

1:37
Food hall of the future comes to Larchmont

Food hall of the future comes to Larchmont

1:49
Cannabis dispensary license holders still blocked from opening in Port Jervis as council mulls zoning regs

Cannabis dispensary license holders still blocked from opening in Port Jervis as council mulls zoning regs

0:39
Rep. Ryan joins group of lawmakers seeking resignation of Secret Service director

Rep. Ryan joins group of lawmakers seeking resignation of Secret Service director

1:34
Lewisboro residents address concerns about green-energy provider program

Lewisboro residents address concerns about green-energy provider program

1:44
Nearly 2 dozen volunteer firefighters spend summer training

Nearly 2 dozen volunteer firefighters spend summer training

0:45
New York Blood Center issues urgent call for Type O blood donations

New York Blood Center issues urgent call for Type O blood donations

1:44
Rockland legislator, DNC delegate makes case for Harris nomination

Rockland legislator, DNC delegate makes case for Harris nomination

1:42
President Biden's decision not to seek reelection sparks mixed reactions in Hudson Valley

President Biden's decision not to seek reelection sparks mixed reactions in Hudson Valley

1:00
What happens to Biden's campaign funds?

What happens to Biden's campaign funds?

0:40
Yonkers police releases video from drone response program

Yonkers police releases video from drone response program