By Kendall Tietz(DCNF) Jared Evan (TJV)
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he would not act in response to the city’s “high” level COVID-19 alert by reimplementing an indoor mask mandate in remarks during a Wednesday press conference.
Adams is resisting calls from COVID extremists, as the NY Times pointed out.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio and his health commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi, who stayed on during the first months of the Adams administration and crafted the new alert system in March, have made public comments encouraging Mr. Adams to be prepared to return to mandates.
These former leaders are hungry for new restrictions and mandates. De Blasio’s vaccine requirements did nothing to stop the spread last winter as COVID cases surged city-wide, even with the unvaccinated being banned from almost all indoor city activity.
Adams within 2 months of his administration reversed de Blasio’s vaccine segregation policies, which were an abject failure.
“I’d say this as a friendly reminder to keep those strong tools available,” the power-starved former mayor said in a radio interview last week. “You may need them real soon.”
De Blasio’s COVID legacy included telling people to celebrate Chinese New Year, days before the pandemic hit because it would be “racism” to be concerned with COVID, placing curfews on the entire city while allowing BLM and ANTIFA radicals to march thru the city, looting and attacking police, in super-spreader social justice riots during the height of the pandemic in 2020, and eating cheeseburgers and fries on TV promoting people to get vaccinated for a free snack.
Dr. Chokshi, the former health commissioner is also upset that New Yorkers still have freedom of choice in regards to masks and the unvaccinated are not being removed from society.
“People would say, ‘Well, it’s only cases increasing, let’s see what happens to hospitalizations,’” he said. “To me, as someone who’s steeped in this, and particularly to understand the epidemiology, it’s hard not to have your head explode when you feel the public, and in many cases, the political conversation, go in those circles. And you’re like, ‘Wow, when are we going to learn.’”
Mark Levine, the extremist Manhattan borough president, supports bringing back a mask mandate for most public indoor settings.
“I want this to be a city that can turn on and off protective measures when we hit a surge,” Mr. Levine said. “I would like to see us do more and push harder right now.”
Adams thus far has stood strong against the ineffective COVID mandates which did nothing to stop COVID, as evidenced by last December’s surge which resulted in the holiday tourism season being decimated, as thousands of events were canceled and the city emptied out. Adams understands the ramifications of de Blasio’s authoritarian restrictions.
The New York City Health Department has issued warnings that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city are on the rise, but Adams stood his ground during a Wednesday news conference, stating he does not plan to reinstate an indoor mask mandate at this time.
“I’m proud of what we are doing and how we are not allowing Covid to outsmart us,” Adams said. “We’re staying prepared and not panicking.”
He said hospitalizations and deaths are “stable,” and pointed to testing as “really changing the game.” He also said that when the COVID-19 alert level system was implemented, many of the resources now available weren’t an option.
Adams explained that variants are going to arise and moving to thoughts of shutdowns or panicking will make New York City unable “to function as a city.”
“Variants are going to continue to come,” he said. “It appears as though there’s a new norm that is settling in our city, in our countries.”
When New York City is in “high” COVID-19 alert, the city’s health commissioner advises all New Yorkers to wear a mask in any public indoor setting, according to its website.
There are 338.33 new cases and 10.5 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people in New York City in the last seven days, according to the city’s website. The percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has seen a 4.36% increase in that time period.
The New York City Mayor’s office and the Department of Health did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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