Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19

Government and Politics

September 8, 2022

From: New York Governor Kathy Hochul

Governor Encourages New Yorkers to Keep Using the Tools to Protect Against and Treat COVID-19: Vaccines, Boosters, Testing, and Treatment

19 Statewide Deaths Reported Yesterday

Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.   

"As we continue to battle this pandemic, New Yorkers have been smart, looked out for one another, and taken appropriate steps to protect themselves and their neighbors," Governor Hochul said. "Getting vaccinated and boosted remains our best shot at protecting ourselves and our fellow New Yorkers, and I encourage everyone eligible to get the updated COVID-19 booster. And as the fall approaches, test before gatherings or travel and if you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options."

Earlier this week, Governor Hochul announced the availability of bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for anyone age 12 or older and from Moderna for those 18 or older. To schedule an appointment for a booster, New Yorkers should contact their local pharmacy, county health department, or healthcare provider; visit vaccines.gov; text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations.

In addition, Governor Hochul announced that masking is optional in multiple settings where they were previously required, including on public transportation, in for-hire vehicles, at airports, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and detention centers. Masks are still required at adult care and health care facilities regulated by the state Department of Health, and in clinical settings regulated by the Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.  

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