Cuomo warns of potential shutdown of nonessential businesses amid COVID-19 surge

Cuomo revealed that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate Monday was 5.66%, with 9,000 new cases. He stressed that hospital capacity remains a concern.

News 12 Staff

Dec 15, 2020, 3:24 AM

Updated 1,317 days ago

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As the COVID-19 vaccine arrives and virus rates rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of a potential shutdown if things don't change soon.
Cuomo revealed that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate Monday was 5.66%, with 9,000 new cases. He stressed that hospital capacity remains a concern.
"If we do not change the trajectory, we could very well be headed to shutdown," says Cuomo. "If nothing happens, we could have 11,000 people in hospitals and 3,500 deceased. The increase in hospitalizations could overwhelm some regions if nothing changes by January."
The governor said he would order a full shutdown of nonessential businesses if the number of cases and hospitalization rates show that a region's hospital capacity will reach 90% within three weeks. He said hospital systems should work to distribute patients evenly so that any single hospital isn't overwhelmed.
He also urged New Yorkers to refrain from small gatherings for the holiday season because of the increased positivity rate being largely driven by so-called "living room spread."
"It just takes one nephew, one cousin, one uncle, somebody you love and now you have a problem," says Cuomo.


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