On the heels of New York State mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all healthcare workers, comes new actions to combat the coronavirus in the state from Governor Kathy Hochul with making schools safe one of her top priorities.

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Yesterday Hochul announced that her administration may soon make weekly COVID-19 testing a requirement for public and charter school employees who are not vaccinated. Considering that schools in the state are beginning next week, we may see this happen very soon. Hochul already implemented a masking requirement in all schools in the state where anyone entering a school needs to mask up.

Along with that, Hochul hopes to create a vaccination requirement for all staff at state-regulated facilities and congregate settings. A timeline for these mandates to become official has not been released.

Governor Hochul stated, "This war is not over and the Delta variant is a serious threat, especially for people who are still unvaccinated. We all need to remain vigilant to protect each other - and that means coming in to get your shot and booster shot, wearing masks in indoor spaces, and exercising basic safety measures that we are all familiar with by now."

Speaking of COVID booster shots, Hochul announced that $65 million in state aid will support local health departments to quickly distribute booster vaccines as people become eligible to receive them.

According to Hochul's office here's a look at New York State COVID-19 vaccination numbers:

COVID-19 Numbers for New York as of August 30:
New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose - 64.9%
New Yorkers with completed vaccine series - 58.5%
New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) - 67.3%
New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) - 60.0%

To learn more about COVID-19 case numbers locally click on your county below:
Chenango County: 66.6 % of the 18 plus County population has had one dose of vaccine (as of 8/31/21).
Delaware County: 60.6% of the 18 plus county population has had at least one dose of the vaccine (as of 8/31)
Otsego County: 62.1% of the 18 plus county population has had at least one dose of the vaccine (as of 8/31)

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