Gov. Hochul at-home COVID-19 test for kids, elderly

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While in Syracuse, Gov. Hochul had the opportunity to meet and thank first responders from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Colorado, and even Kansas City.
Mike Groll

Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced by the end of this week, her office would have already distributed more than 14 million tests to schools, and she will continue efforts of sending two tests home with every K-12 student ahead of the winter break.

She said testing is a critical tool to keep ‘our kids safe in the classroom, noting we’re sending two tests home with every K-12 student ahead of the midwinter break. Tests are widely available across the state, via this link https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing?ceid=1325667&emci=b90c0a60-fd7e-ec11-94f6-c896650d4442&emdi=a4814c87-0f7f-ec11-94f6-c896650d4442

“We’re making it even easier for kids to get vaccinated with 76 new Vax for Kids pop-up sites set up to date. Vaccines are safe and effective, and over 1.5 million New York kids already have received at least one vaccine dose. Parents & guardians, if you’ve been waiting to get your child vaccinated, now’s the time to do it, said Gov. Hochul, noting that persons could make an appointment by going to this link- https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccines-children-and-adolescents?emci=b90c0a60-fd7e-ec11-94f6-c896650d4442&emdi=a4814c87-0f7f-ec11-94f6-c896650d4442&ceid=1325667

Our efforts focused on controlling the spread of COVID in nursing homes are working — cases are down 30 percent in nursing homes as of Jan. 22. We have deployed 2.2 million tests to nursing homes and congregate care settings already, with 200,000 more coming this week.”

“When it comes to our fight against the winter surge, we are trending in the right direction and making progress. For six days straight, our COVID positivity rate has been below 10 percent, the lowest since Dec. 20,” said the governor.

“And thanks to New Yorkers wearing their masks and getting vaccinated, boosted, and tested, we’ve been able to bring new positive case numbers down to a third of what they were just two weeks ago — and hospitalizations are down by nearly 2,700 over the past week,” she said.

“We’re not through this surge just yet. We’re working hard to bring New Yorkers more tests, more testing locations, and more places to get vaccinated and boosted — please, keep using these tools,” states the release.

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