The rate of transmission of the virus in the state has climbed to 1.3, meaning an additional 1.3 people are infected for each case. “Once that number is greater than one, you’re in a problematic state, and it’s a problematic situation,” Cuomo said Friday in a briefing.
“Hospitalizations have not stabilized, and with an increase in the infection rate and density in New York City, that means eating indoors is too high of a risk,” the governor tweeted.
It has reported more than 5,300 hospitalizations with COVID-19 and 10,500 new infections statewide, as well as 87 additional deaths. The majority of new cases – 74% – now come from household meetings, or “extended living room.”
The situation in hospitals, however, is better than it was in the spring, when the city was hit hard by a rise in the virus. Thirty percent fewer patients are now in ICUs, and 50% fewer are intubated, the governor said.
“We had a 23% death rate in the spring. It is now down to 8%, ”he said.
The state plans to begin distributing a COVID-19 vaccine soon. 170,000 initial doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive in the next few days, followed by 346,000 doses of Moderna vaccine during Christmas week.
The US Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it wouldto authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use after an advisory committee votes in favor. Once emergency use is approved, a massive effort will be launched to get nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine to hospitals and pharmacies across the country.
In New York City, residents and nursing home staff will be given priority for vaccinations, followed by ‘high-risk’ hospital workers – emergency room staff, critical care staff and pulmonary service staff,earlier this week.