COVID in NY: State of Emergency to end after over 15 months, Cuomo says

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NEW YORK — New York’s State of Emergency, issued more than 15 months ago when COVID-19 first overwhelmed the state, will finally come to an end, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

The COVID state of emergency is set to expire on Thursday, and the governor said he would not renew it.

We’re writing a new chapter, a post Covid emergency period. The emergency is over. It’s a new chapter.” Cuomo said. “It doesn’t mean there aren’t new challenges for the chapter, but the emergency is over.

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It’s another sign of progress as New York continued to report a virus positivity rate well below 1%. 

“We are past the day to day monitoring of Covid,” Cuomo said. We have reached a new plateau, a plateau that should give us all confidence and success. It’s a long time coming and a product of our efforts.”

Virtually all COVID restrictions in the state were lifted earlier in June after the state surpassed its benchmark of 70% of adults with at least one dose of a vaccine. However, federal guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remain in effect, Cuomo said Wednesday.

New York State Senator Tom O’Mara has advocated for the end of the Emergency Declaration for months and said Cuomo’s decision to end his pandemic powers should have come sooner,

“It’s about time, it’s long overdue, why is it not today? The governor has dragged us out far too long, it’s a one-person, unilateral, dictatorial control of state government and it’s been inappropriate for many, many months now,” O’Mara said.

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