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NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Has Declared a State of Emergency Over Omicron Variant

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Has Declared a State of Emergency Over Omicron Variant

Few states had a harder time with the COVID-19 than New York. The massive state, though, withstood the early onslaught and has become a success story for how to deal with the virus.

ALBANY, NEW YORK – AUGUST 24: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks after taking her ceremonial oath of office at the New York State Capitol on August 24, 2021 in Albany, New York. Gov. Hochul was sworn in today as New York State’s 57th Governor, making her New York’s first female governor. Hochul took over after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would resign following the release of a report by the NYS Attorney General Letitia James, that concluded Cuomo had sexually harassed nearly a dozen women. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

And now that new variants are emerging, the state is not resting on its laurels. Now that the country is worrying about the Omicron variant of the virus, Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency.

The Democratic lawmaker tweeted, “We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming. Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes.”

Hochul continued, “Through this action, we will also be able to acquire critical supplies more quickly to combat the pandemic. I urge New Yorkers to take advantage of our greatest weapon in this pandemic: the vaccine. Get vaccinated and get the booster as soon as you are able.”


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