(East Farmingdale, NY)- Governor Andrew Cuomo, has ordered hospitals across New York State to increase bed capacity by 25%. Cuomo also called for retired doctors and nurses to return to service at a press conference on Monday and warned that if hospitalization rates continue to increase. indoor dining could be cut. The state also unveiled a new metric for monitoring the coronavirus hospitalizations called the Surge and Flex plan. And the Governor warned that if a regions 7 day average shows that it will hit 90% hospital capacity in 3 weeks, that region will be placed back on NY Pause. The 7 day average for positive covid cases in Suffolk is now at 6.1%, lower in Nassau at 4.9%. State hospitalization data for December 6th finds 4,602 patients on Long Island are currently hospitalized with COVID of which 872 are in ICU beds. That’s a 162 person increase in covid hospitalization from the previous day and a 22 person increase in ICU beds from the previous days data.
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