By CBSNewYork Team

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)Westchester County has seen COVID hospitalization numbers more than double over the past few weeks, prompting County Executive George Latimer to issue what he called a state of emergency.

“The hospitalization number of 84 has come up in the last month. At a month ago, we were at 29 people hospitalized to COVID. Now, we’re at 84. That is an increase in the number of people hospitalized,” Latimer said Monday.

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The state of emergency declared over the hospitalizations does not include any additional mandates right now.

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Instead, Latimer once again encouraged residents to get vaccinated or boosted.

Meanwhile, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she will release a list of around 30 hospitals in the state that will need to suspend elective surgeries because of capacity concerns.

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Editor’s note: This story first appeared on Dec. 6.

CBSNewYork Team