During her first day as governor, Katy Hochul dropped some big news about masks.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19. 3.6 percent of all COVID tests in the previous 24 hours came back positive. The state's 7-day positivity rate is 3.13 percent.

In her first COVID press release, Hochul hinted at a mask mandate.

"Fighting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is a top priority for this administration, and although we're implementing new masking requirements to keep everyone safe, vaccination is the key to our future," Hochul stated. "Millions of New Yorkers have taken the vaccine, but far too many remain unvaccinated. Getting vaccinated helps your family, friends and community, so get your shot today."

On Tuesday, Hochul announced anyone entering a New York school must wear a mask. 

While Hochul hasn't officially announced a statewide mask mandate the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated New Yorkers start wearing masks indoors again, in places where the transmission rate of COVID is high or substantial.

As of this writing, the CDC believes these 60 New York counties have high or substantial COVID transmission. The CDC believes Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Rockland and Westchester Columbia counties have "High" transmission.

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As a state, the CDC says New York has "High" levels of COVID transmission. The CDC deems the infection rate is "High" or "Substantial" when there are 50 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, or when the positivity rate is higher than five percent.

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