New York insists on the use of face masks indoors after the appearance of omicron

The authorities of New York have urged all their residents to use the face mask indoors all the time in public places, as well as to be vaccinated, after the appearance of omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, although no case has yet been detected in the state.

“The omicron is on the other side of the bridge in Ontario. It is no longer a question of whether it will arrive in New York, but when it will, ”said the state governor, Kathy Hochul, on his Twitter account.

“The vaccine is the best tool to protect himself, his loved ones and his community, ”said Hochul, who last Friday issued an executive order, which comes into effect on December 3, declaring a state of emergency until January 15, after the appearance of the new variant in Africa.

This order indicates that “New York is now experiencing COVID-19 transmission at rates the state has not seen since April 2020 ″ and will allow hospitals to restrict non-urgent procedures to ensure they have sufficient capacity for those infected by the virus.

The governor has ordered that all nursing homes and adult care centers have booster doses available to their residents.

Also the head of the city’s health sector, David Chokshi, pointed out in a joint press conference with the mayor Bill de Blasio and the mayor-elect, Eric Adams, which could be a matter of days before a case of the new variant is detected in New York, which he assured they will be able to quickly identify by the surveillance system they have.

Both Chokshi and De Blasio They insisted that getting vaccinated is the best weapon to fight COVID-19.

“All our focus will once again be on the vaccination. Based on everything we know, vaccination is essential to any strategy to address the omicron problem, ”said De Blasio.

He explained that he does not want to make the use of mask because it would send “the wrong message” that using it is more effective than getting vaccinated.

The mayor also reported in the conference that it has extended the vaccination order to the more than 102 thousand people who work in child care programs and that the deadline to be vaccinated It is December 20.

With information from EFE


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