According to data from the CDC, there has been a notable 31% increase in hospitalizations within the past two weeks of late August 2023 in the State of New York. This surge comes in the backdrop of the prevalent EG.5 variant, which has been identified as a relatively mild strain of the virus.
Additionally, health authorities are currently closely monitoring a new variant labeled as New BA.2.86, as announced by the New York State Department of Health.
Governor Kathy Hochul has recently issued a strong advisory, urging individuals across the region to adopt appropriate precautions in order to safeguard themselves and their communities.
At the local level, the surge in cases has risen, as indicated by data by the New York State Department of Health.
Patricio Robayo of Radio Catskill recently engaged in a discussion with Dr. John Moore, a virologist associated with Weill Cornell Medicine on the outlook of COVID this season.