AG James blames Gov.Hochul for rising COVID rates, releases proposed plan to address virus
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)— New York Attorney General Letitia James is criticizing her opponent in next year’s race for governor over rising COVID numbers.
James says Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state government have failed to address the rising numbers in some of the state’s most vulnerable communities. She goes on to say leaders need to take immediate action to stem the spread of the virus.
In the last two weeks, the positivity rate has increased by 52%. The number of people going to the hospital with COVID also went up 11%.
At the same time, James outlined her plan on how she addresses COVID. This includes expanding outreach by hiring people to go door to door to sign up unvaccinated NYers. James would also recommend financial incentives by paying people $200 to get the vaccine.
She also said she’d expand pop-up and mobile vaccination sites.
With COVID rates rising in upstate New York, we must take immediate action to bring the infection rates under control and help stop future surges before they happen.— Tish James (@TishJames) November 21, 2021
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James also thinks the state should buy millions of at-home COVID tests. Hochul has not released a direct response to James.