New York leaders commend President Biden leadership on Covid-19 control
By Moses Kuwema
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday, 27 January, said the city was getting a clear sense of the direction the country was headed in the fight against the coronavirus from the President Joe Biden administration.
Also, Governor Andrew Cuomo said following the decline in new case and hospitalization rates, orange zone restrictions have been lifted statewide and that five yellow zones remain in New York City and Newburgh where communities continue to qualify under the state's metrics for yellow zones.
Speaking during a media briefing at City Hall, mayor de Blasio said he was pleased to see real efforts in fight the COVID-19 pandemic from Washington D.C.
“And, boy, that's a refreshing thing to be able to say, because I couldn't say that for a long time in 2020,” Mayor de Blasio said. “We got confusion, and we got backsliding, and we got a lack of owning responsibility, but now we're seeing the exact opposite – President Biden’s owning the mission. He is giving us clear, clear indications of where he is going and that he wants to keep upping the bar, making this vaccination effort stronger and stronger all the time. Look, this new leadership is making a difference. We're getting a clear sense of where our country's going, what's going to happen to our supply, additional short-term supply, which we need.”
Mayor de Blasio said President Biden's decision to go ahead and order 200 million more doses of the vaccine and speed up the vaccination process was really good news for New York City.
He said the city will be getting 30 percent more doses of the Moderna vaccine, starting next week.
“That means about 17,000 more doses each week for us. That means 17,000 more shots of hope, 17,000 more New Yorkers who are safer and are feeling that confidence and that sense of peace that comes with getting vaccinated, even just the first time, and knowing that things are going to be better. So, this is really, really important for us,” he said. “And when you think about it – again, I'm the first to say, we're going to need a lot more than that, but I'm also really happy to get those 17,000 new doses.”
Mayor de Blasio said the city is going to get more people vaccinated because of President Biden’s actions adding that the city is going to keep pushing for more vaccines beyond what has been promised.
He said since the start of the vaccination effort, New York City had vaccinated 673,405 doses.
“And this effort will keep growing so long as we have the supply. Now, what can we do about it? The supply – I've talked about several things that would help us go faster – more supply from the federal government and the manufacturers, more flexibility from the federal government, the State, the ability to use those second doses now that aren't going to be used until – you know, can't be used for weeks. Let's put them into play now,” Mayor de Blasio said.
And Governor said In New York City, the Bronx, Queens and Washington Heights remain in yellow zones.
He said existing statewide restrictions remain in place for areas no longer in orange and yellow zones, including capacity limits for certain businesses and restrictions on mass gatherings.
And Governor Cuomo said additional new cases of the UK variant have been found across New York State, bringing the total cases to 42.
He said the additional new cases of the UK variant have so far been found in Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Saratoga, Tompkins, Niagara, Onondaga, Essex and Warren Counties, bringing the statewide total to 42 cases.
"New York State has finally reached a point where we are comfortable saying the holiday surge we experienced from November to January has subsided, "Governor Cuomo said. "While our infection and hospitalization rates are on the decline and more vaccines are in our immediate future, this war is not over and we must remain smart. Protecting of our hospitals and their staff remains a top priority and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure these facilities do not become overwhelmed. With more and more vaccines being administered every day and an increase in allotment from the Biden administration, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, but until it is in full view we must keep doing what we know works - wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings."
On Tuesday, the State recorded a total of 8,771 patient hospitalizations statewide, with 1,558 patients in the ICU; 1,027 intubated.
The state’s positivity rate stood at 5.44 percent and a total of 170 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in New York State.
In New York City, 279 new hospitalizations were recorded with 4,621 new cases which represented a positivity rate of 8.08 percent during the seven-day average.