New Jersey Declares Public Health Emergency Over Omicron
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- The U.S. state of New Jersey declared a public health emergency Tuesday, effective immediately, as the omicron variant sparks a surge in cases and hospitalizations
- The move, declared by Governor Phil Murphy, is aimed at keeping the variant at bay and effectively responding to the continued threat of the virus in the state
- According to the governor, the emergency allows state agencies and departments to use state resources to assist healthcare systems and help communities recover from the impact of the surge
- However, the governor added that the move does not imply that mandates, lockdowns, or vaccine passes would be instituted; neither does it mean there would be any restrictions to business
- This comes as officials say New Jersey is currently recording an average of 35,000 new cases daily, with more than 10,000 people already hospitalized for the infection