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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the release of a new public service announcement highlighting the dangers of the “living room spread” of COVID-19. According to contract tracing data, 70% of new COVID-19 cases come from households and small gatherings. The PSA encourages New Yorkers to avoid gatherings to protect themselves and their loved ones.
“It’s not just mass gatherings that are causing the spread anymore. The virus is now literally spreading in households, ”Cuomo said. “When you eliminate other socialization options, people will change their behavior and start to congregate in their homes. We are now seeing the effects, with a significant number of cases coming from households and small gatherings. I know you might be thinking, “I’m home with my family and friends, this is my safe zone,” but that’s just not the case anymore. As we move into winter, tackling the spread of living rooms will be one of the biggest challenges in the fight against COVID-19, and we can do it, but only if New Yorkers stay smart.
Although New York City continues to maintain one of the lowest infection rates compared to other states in the country, Cuomo says avoiding small gatherings and practicing safe behaviors like wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, is more important than ever as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide.
Earlier this week, Cuomo announced the state’s plan to fight COVID-19 this winter. The plan, which was developed with global public health experts, local governments and other stakeholders, builds on lessons learned over the past nine months to anticipate and prepare for an expected increase in cases. COVID and hospitalizations during the holiday season.
The plan consists of five targeted strategies focused on stopping the spread while strengthening hospital readiness, including strengthening the micro-cluster strategy while managing the capacity of hospitals to improve and equalize care; increase and balance the resources and availability of tests; keep schools safe and open; prevent viral spread of small gatherings; and operationalize an equitable and safe immunization program.
Check out the new PSA below.