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States Respond to COVID-19: N.Y. Declares Disaster Emergency

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) issued an executive order declaring a disaster emergency due to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

New York is experiencing COVID-19 transmission at rates the state has not seen since April 2020. As part of the executive order, Hochul authorized all necessary state agencies to take appropriate action to assist local governments and individuals in containing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from COVID-19, including delaying non-essential elective procedures. The declaration is effective until Jan. 15, 2022.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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