- The Washington Times
Monday, May 9, 2022

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday as the U.S. battles fast-moving omicron lineages that were first detected in central New York.

The Democratic governor said she is feeling fine, but she must self-isolate during her infection.

“Thankfully, I’m vaccinated and boosted, and I’m asymptomatic. I’ll be isolating and working remotely this week,” she tweeted. “A reminder to all New Yorkers: get vaccinated and boosted, get tested, and stay home if you don’t feel well.”

The positive test on Mother’s Day comes after a rocky month for the governor. 

Her lieutenant governor, Brian A. Benjamin, was arrested on bribery charges and resigned last month. A court rejected congressional maps drawn up by Democrats in Albany, and the governor had to contend with the fallout from a major shooting on a subway platform in Brooklyn.

The infection is also a reminder of the circulating virus and subvariants that have impacted central New York, in particular. 

Daily U.S. cases have risen to about 70,000 per day, a 50% increase from two weeks ago, though hospitalizations are not rising quite as fast and have reached more than 18,000 — a 20% increase from 14 days prior but relatively low compared to the rest of the pandemic.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams had to self-isolate around the time of the subway shooting because of his own bout of COVID-19.

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• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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