Cuomo urges New Yorkers to take COVID seriously

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 3:04 PM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday addressed the state’s plan for combatting COVID-19 in the new year.

He’s urging all New York residents, especially those in the areas where the virus is spreading more rapidly, to take the pandemic seriously.

He says areas in which the infection rates are higher require increased precautions.

Currently, no region in New York is at what the governor characterized as a red-zone shutdown metric of 15% hospital capacity.

“On controlling COVID, we are seeing the spike that we talked about here, that experts have talked about all across the country. We’ve been warning about holidays and gatherings, and we’re seeing the spike that came from increased social gatherings,” said Cuomo, D-New York.

Cuomo is considered an essential worker and would be eligible to receive the vaccine in the second phase of distribution, after health care workers and nursing home residents and staff.

But Cuomo said he won’t get the coronavirus vaccine until Black, Hispanic and poor New Yorkers in his age group are able to receive it.

The governor noted the pandemic has exposed racial disparities in the health care system, both in the availability of testing and the rates of infection and fatalities.

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