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Governor Hochul Provides Latest COVID-19 Updates for New York

Governor Hochul urges New Yorkers to stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

Governor Kathy Hochul provided updates on New York's progress in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included recent deaths reported from this past weekend.

Between Saturday, Oct. 1, and Monday, Oct. 3, seven new deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in King's County.

The seven reported deaths were the most out of all of the New York counties in that time span. Queens reported the second-highest amount of COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, with a total of six.

In total, there were 48 new deaths as a result of COVID-19 reported in the state of New York over the weekend.

On the flip side, King's County was reported to have the lowest seven-day average percentage of positive test results out of the five boroughs between Oct. 1 and Oct. 3.

On Oct. 1, Kings County's average positive test percentage was at 4.07%, Oct. 2 yielded a positive test result of 3.92% and Oct. 3 reported 4.31%.

In comparison, Richmond County had the highest positive test result percentages during the same time span, reporting 7.65%, 8.09%, and 8.24%, respectively.

The New York City region's seven-day average percentage of positive test results between Oct.1 and Oct. 3 was 5.31%, 5.31%, and 5.41% respectively. Statewide, all of the regions averaged 6.86%, 6.79%, and 6.93% in total, respectively.

On Oct. 3, the state of New York reported 2,991 new daily cases, which brought the total number of cases up to 6,058,584.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Hochul said that she continues to urge New Yorkers to get their bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters, either from Pfizer-BioNTech (for ages 12 or older) or from Moderna (for ages 18 and over).

"As the cold weather sets in, I urge New Yorkers to remain vigilant and be sure to use the tools that are available to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their communities safe and healthy," Hochul said.

"Take advantage of the vaccine by staying up to date on doses. Test before gatherings or travel and if you test positive, talk to your doctor about potential treatment options."

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, Hochul recommended that New Yorkers either contact their local pharmacies, county health departments, or healthcare providers. As well, New Yorkers can also schedule an appointment by visiting

New Yorkers can find nearby vaccine locations by either texting their ZIP code to 438829, or by calling 1-800--232-0233.

Additionally, Hochul recommended that New Yorkers receive their annual flu vaccine, especially with flu season swiftly approaching.

New Yorkers can find more information about flu vaccine clinics by either contacting their local health department, or by visiting