New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency to prepare for the new Omicron variant.
The governor made the announcement on Friday, amid a surge in cases and the emergence of the new strain. The declaration goes into effect Dec. 3 and will reportedly allow the state to acquire medical supplies and increase hospital capacity.
Additionally, the order allows hospitals to turn away patients seeking non-urgent or non-essential services in order to ensure enough resources to treat COVID infected patients.
“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 said in a tweet. (Click Here)
In the meantime, Hochul has advised New Yorkers get vaccinated or get the booster shot if they haven’t already. Additionally, Joe Biden has restricted travel from eight countries in southern Africa in order to mitigate the spread. The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa, but has already made its way to several other countries.
Concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the sons of light and the sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as others do. But let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we should live together with Him. 11 So comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, just as you are doing
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11