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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Declares State of Emergency Over Omicron Variant; Postpones Elective Hospital Surgeries



The announcement of the next scary variant has led to the latest round of sweeping executive orders.

Unsurprisingly, New York politicians will use the opportunity to create a manufactured crisis for its already short staffed healthcare system.

Although the Omicron variant hasn’t arrived in New York, Governor Hochul declared a state of emergency until mid-January.

Governor Hochul’s executive order makes New York the first state to go into panic mode about the latest variant.

From The Blaze:

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a “disaster emergency” for the state in anticipation of the newly-identified omicron variant of COVID-19.

The Democratic governor declared a state of emergency for the entire state of New York through Jan. 15, 2022, when it will be evaluated if the order needs to be extended. The previous coronavirus-related state of emergency was enacted by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo from March 7, 2020, until June 24, 2021.

Hochul admitted that there have yet to be any omicron variant cases in New York state.

“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,” Hochul tweeted on Friday. “Today I signed an Executive Order to help @HealthNYGov boost hospital capacity ahead of potential spikes. 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.”

Bloomberg noted Governor Hochul’s urgency to use the “emergency” to boost the vulnerable population:


A day after declaring a state of emergency for New York, Governor Kathy Hochul is ordering nursing homes and adult-care facilities to make boosters available to all residents after hospitalizations across the state jumped 20% in the past week.

The governor on Saturday reported 2,696 people in hospitals because of the virus, up from 2,249 a week earlier.

Several parts of the state are reporting high positivity rates: 10.2% in western New York; 9.4% in the Finger Lakes; and 9.3% in Mohawk Valley. New York City’s rate, which is the state’s lowest, edged up to 1.69% from 1.65% overnight.

“With the emergence of the omicron variant abroad and warning signs of spikes in cases this winter, the need for basic Covid safety procedures here in New York is more important than ever,” Hochul said in a statement.

But the most despicable act of this manufactured crisis is Governor Hochul’s executive order to postpone elective hospital surgeries.

New York hospitals already have the strain of short-staffing due to state-wide COVID-19 jab mandates issued for healthcare workers.

As witnessed in some emergency departments, the lack of adequate staff threatens the lives of patients.

Governor Hochul compounds the issue by halting elective hospital surgeries for a ‘scary variant’ that hasn’t impacted one New York resident. .

However, medical problems like cancer and cardiovascular disease get swept aside due to COVID-19 insanity.

Per the New York Post:

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order Friday to postpone elective hospital surgeries — something that hasn’t been done since the worst of the initial coronavirus outbreak last year.

Hochul said she made the move to deal with staffing shortages and boost bed capacity amid an anticipated “spike” in new cases and the emergence of the new Omicron variant in South Africa. The strain is named after a letter of the Greek alphabet.

“We’ve taken extraordinary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat this pandemic. However, we continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said.

Did Omicron cause the staffing shortages Governor Hochul?

No, you did!


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