New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced an extension to the state's indoor mask mandate until Feb. 1 and will require students in the state's university system to get a booster shot.
The initiatives are part of Hochul's "2.0 plan" to deal with surging COVID-19 cases in the state. The Democratic governor said her administration is taking steps to avoid shutting down the economy and to keep children in school.
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"We're breaking records every day and will probably continue to do so until we hit that downward trend which we hope happens sooner than later," Hochul said during a Friday press conference. "2022 is the year we beat this pandemic."
The booster shot will be required for both students and faculty at City University of New York and State University of New York schools effective Jan. 15. Students or faculty who recently received a vaccine will not be required to receive the booster until six months after receiving their second dose.
The indoor mask mandate applies to businesses that do not mandate their vaccination for patrons 2 years of age and older. It was previously set to expire on Jan. 15.
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The state reported 71,787 COVID-19 cases Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. New York recently hit a record high of 82,350 cases on Dec. 26. Despite the record-high cases, deaths remain relatively low. The state reported 98 deaths Thursday, well below the state's record of 1,271 deaths.
The United States hit a record high of 587,143 on Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,409 related deaths were reported Thursday, falling below the country's record daily high of 4,442 deaths.