Hospital admissions have skyrocketed in the last week in New York.
New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey are considered high-risk areas for covid-19, according to updated data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York City’s infection rate designates it again as a “high transmission” area due to the increase in covid-19 cases.
Health officials in New York City have assured that the low vaccination rate and the spread of the new delta variant have caused it to be designated as a “high transmission zone.”
The great concern of health experts is the unvaccinated population, which has been infected faster with the new variant and has even driven the increase in the mortality rate.
In New York state, hospitalizations for covid-19 surpassed the 1,000 barrier, an increase of 230% in the last month alone.
The number of deaths has also increased in recent days in the state, going from a figure of one digit to one of two digits, with a trend of 12 daily deaths.
The infections in people who are already immunized against covid-19 have also been worrisome for health authorities. Even the increase in cases in vaccinated people led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) to update its new guide on the use of masks indoors.
The situation of the increase in cases keeps New York authorities on alert, who are concerned that the vaccination rate at the local level will continue to decrease while cases with the new variant continue to increase.
The mayor of the city, Bill De Blasio , has been firm regarding the new measures such as the use of the mask for the vaccinated and unvaccinated in closed spaces.
In addition, the mayor requested the use of the masks in places such as restaurants, entertainment spaces and closed gyms.
“We have had this conversation for months about balancing all the needs of children, including all the medical, physical and mental care needs of minors. And it keeps coming back to the same answer: getting the kids back in school. But do it safely. We will continue to vaccinate young people until the beginning of school, even after the start of school. As long as we can get someone to get vaccinated, it will help, “ said Mayor De Blasio during a press conference.
The rate of vaccination in New York City has been delayed to such an extent that health officials offered a $ 100 incentive for New Yorkers to come in to get vaccinated.
De Blasio has pointed out that returning to classes must be safe for everyone, both for students and for educational personnel, that is why he has asked parents and representatives to take their children between 12 and 17 years old to be vaccinated in one of the centers health facilities arranged in the city.
According to data provided by New York authorities, about 44% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 in New York City have received at least one dose of the vaccine. While, 60% of the employees of the Department of Education have at least one dose of the injection.
Experts have pointed out that vaccines are a “community responsibility,” urging more people to get vaccinated against covid-19 due to the advancement of the new delta variant.
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