On Monday, New York State's Governor, Kathy Hochul got the news she was looking for from the state's Appellate court as a full stay for her mandate of having people wear masks indoors in public places, unless businesses ask for proof of vaccination to allow people to go mask-free at that venue.
Bassett Healthcare Network has temporarily ended inpatient visits to all of its hospitals. This all stems from the fast-spreading Omicron variant and the desire to keep the staff and patients at all Bassett Healthcare Network hospitals safe while the virus transmission rate is still high.
Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego County are forgoing contact tracing and instead concentrating on helping people get vaccinated and tested for COVID as needed. Otsego DOH has also stopped reporting active case numbers since they feel that they can no longer accurately report.
Do you feel like you're in the "Groundhog Day" movie, and just like the main character, waking up on any given day this week, experiencing this same time last year all over again when it comes to COVID-19?
As we head for a new year to begin, health officials on a national, state, and local level are all holding their breaths, wondering what impact holiday gatherings will have on COVID-19 case numbers and if hospitals will see a dangerous influx of new cases.