NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Total New York State COVID-19 hospitalizations could more than double to reach 6,000 in three weeks based on the current trends, even without a Thanksgiving spike, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
"This Thanksgiving isn't normal. Nothing in 2020 has been. But Thanksgiving was never really about the trappings. It's always been more powerful than that. This year, let's show thanks by keeping each other safe," said Cuomo.
Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday in the United States, when people are supposed to travel a lot to meet families and friends and celebrate, a main impulse behind the spread of the pandemic.
"Avoid gatherings. Get tested. Wash your hands often. Wear a mask. The next few weeks are critical," reminded the governor, who also announced that the hospitalizations stood at 2,724 on Sunday.
There has been a 122 percent increase in hospitalizations for the virus over the last three weeks in New York State. On Nov. 2, there were 1,227 people in hospital beds with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the state is announcing new and modified micro-cluster zones, where the outbreak is targeted for its severity and potential of spread. These zones will take effect on Wednesday for businesses and on Thursday for schools. Under the micro-cluster strategy, the state classifies its regions of coronavirus outbreaks as red, orange and yellow zones in accordance with their pandemic severity.
The state ranked the fourth lowest state in COVID-19 test positivity rate, with 2.90 percent on 7-day average, after Vermont, Hawaii and Maine, according to the governor on Sunday.
As of Monday evening, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported 34,331 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the country.
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