Nearly 22,000 COVID-19 cases reported in New York Friday; NYC feels impact of surge

Gov. Kathy Hochul said nearly 22,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported throughout New York on Friday— the highest number seen on a single day since the start of the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Dec 19, 2021, 2:54 PM

Updated 857 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul said nearly 22,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported throughout New York on Friday— the highest number seen on a single day since the start of the pandemic.
On Saturday, New York City alone reported over 5,000 new cases of the virus and over 200 hospitalizations.
The surge caused “Saturday Night Live” to go on with no studio audience and with only a limited number of cast and crew for its last show of the year.
Multiple Broadway shows were also canceled because of the increase in cases. 
On Friday, the Radio City Rockettes ended their Christmas Spectacular performances for the remainder of the year due to the outbreak.
Local restaurants also feeling the impact, as recent reports say several around the city have closed their doors due to the spike.
New York has seen the highest number of new cases out of any state in the past week, according to data out of Johns Hopkins University.
With the holidays approaching, local officials and health care workers continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination and frequent testing.
Hochul announced Saturday that 40 new pop-up sites will open across the state, including multiple in the Bronx and Brooklyn in the coming days.
For more information on these pop-up sites, click here.



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