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New York Governor Reimplementing Mask Mandates

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On Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a mask mandate for businesses that do not require their patrons to be vaccinated starting Monday.

“I share New Yorkers’ frustration that we are not past this pandemic, but the winter surge is here & we must take action,” Hochul tweeted. “Starting Monday through January 15, businesses will have the option to implement either a vaccine or mask requirement.”

 

“My two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The measures I’m announcing today will help accomplish this through the holiday season,” she added. “To the more than 80% of New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated: Thank you. Let’s get more New Yorkers vaccinated so we can put this pandemic in the rearview mirror.”

In a press conference on Friday, Hochul told New Yorkers that she has “warned for weeks that additional steps could be necessary, and now we are at that point based upon three metrics: Increasing cases, reduced hospital capacity, and insufficient vaccination rates in certain areas.”

Those who do not comply with the order will face fines of up to $1,000 per violation. According to Hochul, the order was placed in response to rising hospitalization rates from COVID-19.

“The statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by 43% since Thanksgiving and hospitalizations are up 29% in that timeframe, the governor said. Vaccinations have increased 2% in that window, not enough to outpace the spread,” NBC News New York reported. “In total, COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide are at their highest levels since late April and have soared 86% in the last month alone, the latest data shows. Hochul and health experts say that’s a reflection of the still omnipresent grip of delta, which accounts for 99% of all genetically sequenced positive samples in New York — and the nation — and has been scientifically linked to more severe cases of infection.”

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  1. DougV

    December 14, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Hmm, we are protecting our economy by firing people… Given that the Covid shots:
    – Don’t prevent the virus
    – Don’t cure the virus
    – Don’t prevent transmission of the virus
    But she wants to penalize people for exercising their right to do what is best for their own body.
    Again, hmmm.

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Biden: ‘We Need More Money to Plan for the Second Pandemic’

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There’s nothing more reassuring than a President telling Americans that no matter how much they are suffering, more is coming.

Biden was asked the question “how many of the nation’s kids will you be able to get vaccinated before you need more money from Congress?”

“We’ll get through at least this year. We, we do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually…”

And then Biden said this harrowing statement: “We need more money to plan for the second pandemic.”

He then emphasizes, “there’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well; that’s something we’ve been doing fairly well” he adds before concluding, “that’s why we need the money.”

 

 

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