New York state reports highest number of daily Covid cases of entire pandemic at more than 21,000

New York state reports highest number of daily Covid cases of entire pandemic at more than 21,000

December 17, 2021
  • New York saw the highest number of new Covid cases in one day out of the entire pandemic, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday.
  • The state recorded 21,027 positive Covid tests on Thursday, about 8% of total reported test results.

New York state saw its highest number of new Covid cases in a single day of the entire pandemic, topping just over 21,000 new infections on Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced.

About 8% of total all Covid tests were positive, almost double the rate of just a few days ago, according to the state health department.

"The winter surge in COVID-19 cases is a reminder that the pandemic is not over yet and we must take extra care to keep ourselves and each other safe," Hochul said in a press release Friday.

The latest data comes as the U.S. battles surging cases caused by the Covid delta variant while the newly discovered omicron variant spreads rapidly. Omicron comprised 13.1% of all Covid cases in the New York and New Jersey region last week, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

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