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Governor floating the idea of bringing back mask mandates in NYS

At the end of her news conference, she said, "I could find ways to make a more strict mask mandate."

ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Hochul floated the idea of bringing back mask mandates during her COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. 

At the end of her news conference, she said, "I would...I could find ways to make a more strict mask mandate." 

But whether or not that happens all comes down to the numbers, which she said she's watching very closely to see whether COVID-19 peaks, drop, or stabilize. 

In Western New York the seven-day average is 4.1%, compare that to the state average of 2.4%.

Other regions are above 5% and Hochul said she believes that's a result of fewer people wearing masks.