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A pharmacy in Grand Central Terminal advertises the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in New York City. Health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated and receive their booster shots to help protect themselves and others against the omicron variant, that continues to spread rapidly into 2022.
A pharmacy in Grand Central Terminal advertises the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in New York City. Health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated and receive their booster shots to help protect themselves and others against the omicron variant, that continues to spread rapidly into 2022. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/TNS)

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NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — New York reported a record 90,132 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday as the state passed 4 million total infections since the start of the pandemic.

Another 154 people died, one of the highest daily figures in almost a year. Hospitalizations continued to increase to 11,843 and the state’s health care system remains significantly strained.

Testing rose from the previous day, to 425,782, of which 21.17% were positive. That number is in line with the previous day’s positivity rate, even with almost 50,000 more tests administered.

New York is the fourth state to surpass 4 million infections, after California, Texas and Florida, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.

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