Hochul says NY ‘preparing for all scenarios’ as COVID hospitalizations spike 80% since start of December
Groups of people line up to get tested for COVID-19 in Times Square on Dec. 5, 2021, in New York City. - Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/TNS

Facing an accelerating COVID-19 threat to New York hospitals, Gov. Hochul said Monday that the state was girding to keep beds open and to maintain staffing, but that the economy and schools are on track to remain open. New York State’s total count of daily coronavirus hospitalizations hit 5,526 on Monday, up about 80% since the beginning of the month. “We’re preparing for all scenarios, including the worst scenarios, which we’re not at,” Hochul said in a news conference in Albany before a coronavirus call with President Biden and other governors. Hochul said she is “not looking to do shutdowns...