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Hochul urging new Covid boosters amid growing case rate

Mike Groll
Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul
A medical worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster in Hartford, Connecticut, in January.

Gov. Kathy Hochul is encouraging state residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and stay up on their boosters as COVID case rates are increasing across New York and in Onondaga County.

The governor announced in a statement Monday that new doses targeting the omicron variant are available in the state.

"As we continue to navigate the start of the fall season, I urge all New Yorkers to take steps to better protect themselves against COVID-19," Hochul said in a statementfrom her office.

The state is seeing about 21 cases of Covid per 100,000 residents, according to the state's rolling seven-day average. A week prior, that figure was around 17 cases per 100,000.

Locally, the county is reporting a seven-day average of 26 cases per 100,000 residents, an increase from just under 18 cases the week before, state data showed.

Updated: September 20, 2022 at 10:06 PM EDT
This story has been updated to include more precise state and local data.