NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York state and metropolis leaders are taking motion to organize for the Omicron variant.
Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted Monday, saying it’s “not a query of if it involves New York, however when.”
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“Omicron is simply throughout the bridge in Ontario. It’s not a query of if it involves New York, however when,” the governor posted. “To everybody who has not but been vaccinated, and particularly these in Western New York: There’s no cause to attend. Get vaccinated.”
Throughout her afternoon press briefing, Hochul stated the state is monitoring the scenario all over the world.
“We’re not defenseless, like we had been one yr in the past,” she stated.
She urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated after which get their booster photographs.
Omicron is simply throughout the bridge in Ontario. It’s not a query of if it involves New York, however when.
To everybody who has not but been vaccinated, and particularly these in Western New York: There’s no cause to attend. Get vaccinated. https://t.co/U004upgdHD
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 29, 2021
Mayor Invoice de Blasio echoed the governor, saying whereas there aren’t any circumstances within the metropolis, the variant may arrive within the coming days.
“Our well being management has been in fixed contact with federal authorities and state authorities, everybody sharing data,” he stated. “We’re going to combat again Omicron and, most instantly, proceed preventing the Delta variant. That’s really the problem we’re coping with right here and now.”
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Well being Commissioner Dr. Chokshi issued a masks advisory Monday, “strongly recommending” New Yorkers to put on masks always when inside in public settings. He stated that features people who find themselves vaccinated or those that had already had COVID.
“Like at your grocery, in constructing lobbies, workplaces and retail shops,” he stated.
New Yorkers are taking the newest COVID considerations in stride.
“We’ve had so many variants go by way of so many occasions it’s arduous to know which of them to actually, actually get scared actually about,” stated Sunnah Rashid of East Williamsburg.
When requested if she is anxious about it, Julie Marriott stated, “No, as a result of there’s method worse issues on this planet than this.”
As for face coverings, “I feel it’s advantageous to put on a masks in a public place, shopping center, grocery retailer. I do it anyway, so I’m going to proceed to do it,” stated Kimberly Metzger of the West Facet.
“It’s a free nation, so all people ought to have a selection, proper?” Lindsay Metzger stated.
“I personally suppose we should always nonetheless put on the masks inside,” one other lady stated.
Dr. Chokshi additionally inspired folks to get examined, particularly after vacation journey and gatherings.
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Mayor-elect Eric Adams joined the mayor and well being commissioner for Monday’s briefing.
“I imagine that we’re seeing a transparent message being despatched to New Yorkers that the vaccine is our most potent weapon,” he stated. “However our coordination is a detailed second to that, and we’re going to have that coordination.”
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This comes as nations all over the world are racing to organize, and well being specialists are studying extra in regards to the new variant. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it has a level of mutations and seems to be extremely transmissible.
“The issues that we don’t know proper now’s whether or not the individuals who do get contaminated have a extreme type of illness or whether or not it’s a light-weight illness, or considerably the identical as Delta,” he stated.
He stated it would take about two weeks to get a very good deal with on it. Nonetheless, vaccines appear to offer a level of safety.
Whereas fast lockdowns gained’t be possible, some journey bans are actually in place. The U.S. issued one for eight nations in southern Africa, the place Omicron was first detected.
Dr. Fauci believes it would purchase scientists a while.
“The explanation you do a journey ban isn’t that you simply suppose naively that you simply’re going to maintain it out, but it surely buys you a few weeks,” he stated.
Whereas many simply had essentially the most regular Thanksgiving since 2019, some concern extra journey bans are on the horizon as we head into the vacations.
Fortunate for the Ortez household from Queens, they simply reunited with the 88-year-old dad from Chile after greater than two years.
“It’s powerful, it’s powerful, particularly when you’ve gotten family members elsewhere,” Monica Ortez, of Far Rockaway, stated.
De Blasio stated he believes a vaccine mandate ought to be in place for all vacationers.
In the case of the masks advisory, he stated it isn’t a mandate, as a result of he would relatively focus efforts on rising the town’s vaccination fee. Proper now, 88% of adults have acquired a minimum of one dose.
The mayor additionally introduced a brand new vaccine mandate for childcare and early intervention staff. The Dec. 20 deadline is predicted to influence 102,000 employees.
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CBS2’s Dick Brennan and John Dias contributed to this report.