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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The governors of Maryland, Colorado and New Jersey reject the lockdown and other restrictions.

As Omicron’s cases began to rise in several US states, state leaders were calculating their outlook for the weary public.

Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, whose state is facing a boom prompted them to expand hospital capacity and limit elective surgeries, will not enforce any lockdown or mandate. Mr Hogan said on a “Fox News Sunday” program that the state is “trying to do everything we can” to vaccinate the rest of his state – except for more mandates. “We are not expecting any lockdown at all,” he said. “We’re not considering them.”

But the state’s uptick is troubling, Mr. Hogan said: “I would say, in the next few days, Omicron is going to be the dominant version in our state.”

Maryland’s seven-day rolling average is 1,340 daily cases. “We’re forecasting in the next three to five weeks, probably the worst surge we’ve seen in our hospitals during the entire crisis,” he said.

Phil Murphy of New Jersey is also grappling with spiking Covid cases and overwhelmed hospitals, still from the Delta version.

“Every time you think you’ve been found out, it takes a turn you didn’t expect,” Murphy said on the “Fox News Sunday” program. He continued, “It’s unbelievable. There’s a huge amount of fatigue, because it’s related to this virus.”

He said a lockdown is unlikely, but it has not been ruled out completely. “You have to leave it on the table, but I don’t see it,” he said, citing the state’s highly vaccinated population, in which residents have received booster shots. “As weary they are, they are largely accepting what you have to do to hold back on it — and for the time being, we think it’s going to work for us.”

According to the Times database, at least 70 percent of New Jersey residents are fully vaccinated, placing it among the top states to be vaccinated. Cases have been doubling in recent weeks, with New Jersey reporting a rolling seven-day average of about 5,500 daily cases. Mr Murphy recently did not follow up with New York Governor Cathy Hochul in implementing a mask mandate, saying it was not necessary at the time. But he said it would remain an option.

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis voiced cautious optimism about his state’s coronavirus numbers on Sunday, citing a free at-home testing program and vaccinations.

Colorado on Saturday reported a seven-day rolling average of about 1,500 daily cases, down from November’s numbers. Mr Polis said he would not enforce a mask mandate, much of what he said should be up to local officials.

“We have far fewer hospitalizations than we did a few weeks ago,” Mr. Polis said on the NBC program “Meet the Press.”

He cited pandemic fatigue as a reason to avoid more restrictive measures for now and said vaccination would be enough to keep the variant at bay. “People do not react well to this climate of fear that has been going on for two years,” Mr Polis said. “Getting three doses of the vaccine is highly effective and negates any risks you might be exposed to,” he said.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s top Covid adviser, disagreed. “I know it’s definitely more than the woes of the unvaccinated. But there are tools other than vaccines, and wearing a mask adds to the protection you get from a vaccine and a boost,” he told the ABC program on Sunday. Said in “This Week”.

He also urged the vaccinated to wear masks regularly. “I don’t think you should be in such a position that if you’ve been vaccinated, you never have to worry about wearing a mask,” he said.

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