On Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced an executive order aimed at boosting hospital capacity. This order is aimed at helping the potential winter spike in COVID-19 cases, as well as warnings about a new and highly transmissible coronavirus variant known as “omicron,” which has not yet been detected in New York. As of right now, the “omicron” variant is spiking in Europe but maybe traveling over shortly. Because of the governor’s order, this allows the state health department to limit non-essential surgeries, if needed, to ensure capacity. This executive order will also allow the state to acquire critical supplies more quickly.
Source: 13 WHAM