De Blasio draws NYE ​​ball drop crowd back from 58,000 to 15,000 despite record NY COVID cases

COVID cases in New York state hit an all-time high of 38,835 – but NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Times Square ball drop will still go ahead, albeit with dramatically reduced crowd numbers.

An update on the cases was shared by NY State Governor Cathy Hochul on Thursday. He broke the previous record of 28,924 infections set just a day earlier. Cases are now almost double what they were a year ago, although the number of hospitalizations is much lower.

Hochul said in an upbeat tone on Twitter after sharing the update: ‘Today, New York State is reporting 38,835 COVID cases. We are also looking at a record for testing – 324,786 in a day.

‘Thank you for taking precautions by getting tested before the Christmas break. Millions of additional tests are on the way. get tested. Keep each other safe.’

On Thursday, de Blasio confirmed that the ball drop would be taking place on the world-famous New Year’s Eve, but the planned crowd of 58,000 spectators would be reduced to just 15,000.

De Blasio said spectators would not be allowed entry before 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and would have to provide proof of vaccination and wear a face mask even if they were outside the event.

The ball drop will be the last major event of his second term in office, with Eric Adams taking office on January 1.

NY Governor Cathy Hochul shared this update on Thursday, as her state broke its 24-hour-old record for one-day COVID diagnoses.

She also shared how Omicron Editions widespread vaccination totals in the US continue to rise.

She also shared how Omicron Editions widespread vaccination totals in the US continue to rise.

De Blasio confirmed that the ball drop would be taking place on New Year's Eve but the usual crowd of 58,000 spectators would be reduced to just 15,000.

De Blasio confirmed that the ball drop would be taking place on New Year’s Eve but the usual crowd of 58,000 spectators would be reduced to just 15,000.

At last year's Ball Drop, the city and the Times Square Alliance organized a fully masked celebration without the huge crowds that come each year to watch.

At last year’s Ball Drop, the city and the Times Square Alliance organized a fully masked celebration without the huge crowds that come each year to watch.

De Blasio said that New Year's Eve spectators would not be allowed entry before 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve and would have to provide proof of vaccination and wear a face mask.

De Blasio said that New Year’s Eve spectators would not be allowed entry before 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and would have to provide proof of vaccination and wear a face mask.

At last year’s Ball Drop, the city and the Times Square Alliance held a fully masked celebration, with huge crowds coming to watch each year.

The announcement comes as the NYC COVID case rate has tripled in the past week, from 295 daily new cases for every 100,000 New Yorkers on December 12 to 956 new cases per 100,000 on December 19.

NYC’s test positivity rate has also soared in the past week to an all-time high of 15 percent on December 19.

Such high positivity rates indicate that more than one in ten New Yorkers tested in the city are getting positive results.

The surge has been driven by the Omicron version, which accounts for more than 90 percent of new COVID cases in the New York and New Jersey area.

New Yorkers have been pictured waiting in hours-long lines to get tested, although there is some respite from the free at-home rapid testing and the delivery of federal testing support to come.

While case rates continue to rise, hospitalizations in NYC have remained low – but hospital leaders are concerned about staff shortages as workers test positive.

Despite the high positivity rate, the Omicron surge has not affected NYC hospitals, as New York City currently has only 2.1 COVID patients hospitalized per 100,000.

‘We’re doing very, very good, very manageable. There is no crisis,’ Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling told CNN’s John Berman on Tuesday.

He said its 23 hospitals now have 460 patients, which is less than 10 per cent of its total capacity. But at the same time last year, during the second wave of COVID, the hospital system saw nearly 1,000 cases. And during the first wave, it had 3,500 patients suffering severe side effects from the virus.

Broadway has been one of the biggest victims of the boom, as many theaters were forced to cancel their most popular shows due to positive COVID cases among actors and stagehands.

Dramas such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton and MJ the Musical all canceled due to the outbreak.

Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, ain’t too proud, and the Skeleton crew even stopped performing until after Christmas due to positive COVID cases among actors and stagehands.

Regardless, Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said there is no curtain on Broadway.

She told The Hollywood Reporter, ‘We have no plans to shut down completely. “We are following the protocol seriously. Another 20 to 30 shows continue to perform as we are following the protocols that we have established, and it shows that they are working.

The cancellation of a third show resulted in a 26 percent drop in profits in one week, new York Times Reported.

On Tuesday, the Broadway League said its theaters brought in just $22.5 million last week, down from $30.5 million in tickets sold last week.

Plays like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton and MJ the Musical all canceled due to the outbreak

Plays like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hamilton and MJ the Musical all canceled due to the outbreak

New Yorkers are pictured waiting in hours-long lines to get tested, although there is some respite from the rapid testing at home and the delivery of federal testing support to come

New Yorkers are pictured waiting in hours-long lines to get tested, although there is some respite from the rapid testing at home and the delivery of federal testing support to come

People administer Covid-19 tests themselves in Queens as the city's COVID case rate has tripled in the past week, from 295 daily new cases for every 100,000 New Yorkers on December 12 to 956 new cases per 100,000 on December 19 cases.

People administer Covid-19 tests themselves in Queens as the city’s COVID case rate has tripled in the past week, from 295 daily new cases for every 100,000 New Yorkers on December 12 to 956 new cases per 100,000 on December 19 cases.

A man conducts a Binex COVID-19 test himself at a mobile site in Queens as NYC's test positivity rate peaked at a high of 15 percent on December 19.

A man conducts a Binex COVID-19 test himself at a mobile site in Queens as NYC’s test positivity rate reached a high of 15 percent on December 19.

Pre-pandemic Broadway grossed $40.1 million in the week before Christmas in 2019.

Nationwide COVID cases rose 38 percent and 238,278 new infections in the last 24 hours as the Omron version continues to spread, with some states seeing cases rise by as much as 670 percent.

In a Thursday update in infection numbers from Johns Hopkins University diagnoses climbed from 172,072 for the previous day. The death toll had also increased slightly, from 2,093 yesterday to 2,204 today.

According to a New York Times analysis, hospitalizations are fewer than 63,000, including about 16,000 COVID patients receiving intensive care treatment. That’s an increase of 11 percent from a fortnight ago, but still well below the winter 2020 peak of about 130,000 in hospital, 30,000 of whom were in ICU.

Experts have warned that the virus could infect 140 million people between January and March – 60 percent of all Americans.

Several studies published this week have suggested that Omicron is far less dangerous than Delta, with the mutant strain being 70 percent less likely to be hospitalized than Delta, a report Thursday from Britain’s Health Protection Agency said. , and 45 percent less likely to be an emergency need. room Tour.

Meanwhile, many US states have seen 14-day infection rates soar high, In Florida, cases are up 509 percent, in Washington DC, they’re up 541 percent, and in Hawaii they’re up 670 percent.

Hawaii saw 74 new confirmed Omicron cases on Wednesday, with Florida and DC each reporting 24 cases of the mutant strain. A total of 2,625 Omicron cases have been confirmed in the US, according to data extracted from data from individual states.

New York has the most new Omicron cases, with 442 cases reported on Thursday, followed by Texas with 394 cases and California with 358 new cases.

But the actual omicron total is exponentially higher, as only a small number of positive PCR tests are sequenced to identify which strain of COVID a person has been infected with. The CDC estimates that omicrons now account for at least 73 percent of all infections in the United States and up to 92 percent in five states, including New York and New Jersey.

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