NY state reports over 6,900 new COVID cases, hospitalizations top 3,000 for first time in months

A man walks past people using kiosks to check in for their flights at LaGuardia Airport on November 25, 2020 in Queens.
A man walks past people using kiosks to check in for their flights at LaGuardia Airport on November 25, 2020 in Queens. Photo credit Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

NEW YORK (WBEN) -- New York state reported over 6,900 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and hospitalizations topped 3,000—the highest numbers seen in months—as officials anticipate a post-Thanksgiving surge.

The state reported 6,933 new cases, a day after it surpassed 6,000 daily cases for the first time since late April.

Thursday’s 6,933 new cases were out of 217,721 tests, a statewide positivity rate of 3.18%.

Hospitalizations surpassed 3,000 for the first time since early June, rising by 74 to 3,056 on Thursday. That includes 468 newly admitted patients.

The number of patients in intensive care rose by 32 to 628, while the number of intubated patients rose by 9 to 286.

New York also reported 67 more deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 26,549 people.

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Cuomo said the state was bracing for a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases but it’s not yet clear “how bad the increase will be” after people travel and host holiday gatherings.

“We know what's going on and the numbers tell the same story, because we've seen the movie in New York. We've seen the movie across the country,” Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters. “The positivity goes up, more people get sick, more people go into the hospital, more people go into the ICU, more people get intubated, and the death number goes up.”

The governor said the state was working on a “winter plan” in anticipation that a nationwide surge is “going to continue and probably worsen in the winter.”

“This virus has phases. As the phase changes, your plan should change,” he said.

Cuomo said the winter plan includes three “elements.”

Those elements include: sticking with the micro-cluster approach that targets the spread and minimizes the economic impact, while factoring in local hospitalization rates and the availability of hospital beds; keeping schools open by “setting a safe positivity rate” and doing “a sustainable testing rate in the schools”; developing a vaccine distribution plan that “does it fairly and effectively and prioritizes the vaccines in the most judicious way.”