State of Emergency Declared in New York State

J.M. Lesinski

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As news of the new omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to grow, New York state has officially responded. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul issued a state of emergency yesterday, with the projected length of the state of emergency to last until January 15, 2022.

"We are closely monitoring the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant,” Hochul stated in a recent press release regarding the variant. “The Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratory will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 virus samples selected from throughout New York State to compare sequences and identify circulating and new variants. While we have not yet identified any Omicroncases, we are not surprised that new variants are emerging and may likely end up in New York. We will continue to monitor WHO actions and work with our partners at the CDC to keep a close eye on developments."

The executive order issued by Hochul also notes that New York state is now experiencing COVID-19 transmission rates that have not been seen since the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020, and that hospital admissions stemming from COVID-19 have been increasing the past month to an estimated three hundred plus new admissions a day.

"I want to remind New Yorkers to continue taking the precautionary steps we know reduce the spread of this deadly virus: wear a mask in indoor public places, use proper hand hygiene, get tested, and stay home when sick,” Hochul also noted. “The vaccine also remains one of our greatest weapons in fighting the pandemic, and this news further emphasizes the need for each of us to get vaccinated and get the booster if you're fully vaccinated.”

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