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Gov. Hochul declares state of emergency to prepare for Omicron variant

New York governor Kathy Hochul wears a #NYTough face mask during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to combat the opioid crisis, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) New York governor Kathy Hochul wears a #NYTough face mask during a ceremony to sign a package of bills to combat the opioid crisis, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) | Photo: AP .

WNYT Staff
Created: November 27, 2021 10:05 AM

The Omicron COVID-19 variant hasn't been found in New York State yet, but Gov. Hochul says, it's coming. 

She announced a state of emergency Friday to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages ahead of possible COVID-19 cases this winter. 

An executive order she signed gives the State Health Department the power to limit non-essential, non-urgent procedures for hospitals with limited capacity. 

The new protocols begin next Friday and will be reassessed on January 15th. 


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