NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams mentioned Wednesday he has no intention to revive an indoor masks mandate, .
CBS2’s Tony Aiello has extra on how the mayor is defending his stance.
“We’re staying ready and never panicking,” Adams mentioned.
Adams was clearly making an attempt to mission an perspective of calm within the wake of COVID circumstances pushing metropolis to an elevated alert stage.
The Division of Well being is recommending however not requiring masks indoors and for the susceptible masks additionally in crowded outside settings.
“I am carrying it due to myself and different folks. I am afraid of giving it to anyone,” Riverdale resident Lawrence Lagumina mentioned.
“At this level, I believe we all know what to do and the way to deal with ourselves, so I do not assume the mandate ought to be … out there,” Dorie Chiello added.
The economic system is clearly an element within the mayor’s decision-making matrix.
“If each variant that comes we transfer into shutdown ideas, we transfer into panicking, we’re not gonna operate as a metropolis,” Adams mentioned. “After I have a look at the hospitalizations and deaths, the numbers are secure.”
Adams says that is due largely to vaccines. The Division of Well being says 79 % of New Yorkers are totally vaccinated, and 38 % have acquired a booster.
For these testing constructive, President Joe Biden’s administration.
“About four-fold improve — simply within the final month — and our newest estimates are that about 20,000 prescriptions of Paxlovid are being given out each single day,” White Home COVID coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha mentioned.
Adams mentioned renewing a masks mandate for metropolis faculties is beneath overview, however not at present needed. Solely pre-Ok college students too younger to be vaccinated are required to masks up.
The town is at present within the fifth wave of the pandemic. The town well being commissioner mentioned this week he doesn’t anticipate the wave to final for much longer.