Public Advocate's Statement On The Omicron Variant Case With Links To New York City

December 2nd, 2021

Press Release

"We have much more to learn about the Omicron variant, and much more to investigate about the newly reported case with ties to our city. But what we can assume is that there has been community spread of the variant in New York City, potentially tied to the Anime NYC convention. What we know is that we cannot repeat the mistakes of the past in our response, and what works best to protect ourselves, our neighbors, our city and state.

"This is a time for preventative, proactive steps to limit the spread of the Omicron variant. On a city and state government level, we must take the immediate steps of expanding rapid testing capability and reach, particularly as we approach the holidays, increasing funding to community organizations reaching New Yorkers to provide direct access to vaccination, and broadening the city’s mask advisory to the entire state. On an individual level, we must commit to the well-being of our fellow New Yorkers by getting tested when exposure is suspected, wearing masks indoors, getting fully vaccinated and receiving booster shots when eligible."

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