“All indicators are saying we’re heading in the proper path: a rapid decline in instances. They continue to be excessive, however they clearly are declining,” Adams stated at a briefing at Jacobi Medical Middle in the Bronx.
Adams’s predecessor, former Mayor Invoice de Blasio, put in place vaccination mandates for metropolis employees, non-public sector workers and prospects at indoor eating places and leisure venues — insurance policies Adams credited with serving to the metropolis get via the surge.
As of this week 75 % of all metropolis residents are totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19. That features 85 % of adults and 76 % of adolescents, however vaccinations of youthful kids have lagged: Solely 36 % of youngsters ages 5-12 are totally vaccinated.
The town has given 2.7 million booster pictures, however has not calculated what proportion of New Yorkers have acquired their boosters.
Covid capsule obtainable
The town is now providing free supply of a brand new antiviral capsule to deal with Covid-19. Sufferers who get a prescription for the capsule from a health care provider can have it delivered to their residence the identical day.
Well being Commissioner Dave Chokshi stated he hoped the capsule, in addition to vaccines, would stop extra individuals who contract the illness from being hospitalized or dying.
“You’ll hear rather a lot about residing with Covid in the weeks forward. However residing with Covid can’t imply ignoring that too many proceed to die from this virus,” he stated.
Although the pattern exhibits a transparent decline, officers acknowledged the true variety of Covid-19 instances could also be greater as a result of the metropolis doesn’t monitor individuals who check optimistic utilizing rapid checks at residence. In contrast to another cities, New York doesn’t provide a method to report a optimistic residence check.
“This has raised questions on the knowledge with respect to our instances and surveillance,” Chokshi stated, however added the metropolis continues to be doing a excessive variety of conventional lab checks.
Adams stated there isn’t a timeline for lifting the vaccine mandates that are now in place. “I’m going to go based mostly on recommendation of my medical consultants,” he stated, including that financial issues would additionally issue “rather a lot” in the choice.
Adams was additionally greeted at Jacobi by a gaggle of nurses involved about their security on the job after a shooting inside the hospital final week. They carried indicators with messages resembling, “We are not secure right here,” and demanded adjustments like steel detectors and extra psychological well being remedy.
The mayor stated he would meet with the group on Zoom subsequent week.
“I’m going to do my job, that’s my promise to you. However a few of the issues we’d like assist from our feds and from the state.”