Kathy Hochul, New York Governor has reduced the quarantine period for those vaccinated “critical workers” who are positive for COVID from five to five days. 

On Christmas Eve, the governor announced the news because the Omicron variant had caused an increase in positive cases. This has shut down many health care facilities and prevented hundreds from flying. Families are now separated for the holiday season. 

New York’s guidelines allow full-vaccinated “critical workers” to be quarantined for five days after being tested positive for COVID. If they’re symptomatic, or show resolving symptoms, then the new guidelines apply. The workers must not have had fevers for more than 72 hours and be taking medication. They are also required to wear masks when returning to work. 

‘We want to make sure that our critical workforce who we’ve relied on from the beginning … that our workers can get back,’ Hochul said on Friday. 

‘And that includes our health care, elder care, home health care, sanitation, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants — you know who you are.

She said, “We need your help again. We need you to get to work.”  

New York has reported that it had received 44,431 cases of positive COVID and 4744 hospitalizations for COVID. The state announced that 82.9 percent New Yorkers had received at least one dose of vaccines, with 32,979 809 of them administered to date. 

Governor Kathy Hochul shortened the 10-day mandatory quarantine to five days for 'critical workers' on Christmas Eve as many industries have begun facing staffing shortages

Governor Kathy Hochul cut the mandatory 10-day quarantine to only five days for critical workers’ Christmas Eve because many industries were facing staff shortages 

New York's new guidelines will allow fully-vaccinated 'critical workers' to quarantine for five days if they are asymptomatic or showing resolving symptoms

New York’s new guidelines will allow fully-vaccinated ‘critical workers’ to quarantine for five days if they are asymptomatic or showing resolving symptoms 

The CDC announced on Thursday that the quarantine time has been reduced to seven days for healthcare workers as staff shortages have hit the industry as COVID cases surge

As a result of staff shortages and the escalating number of COVID-related cases, the CDC has reduced the quarantine period to just seven days. 

Hochul was able to defend her reaction to the pandemic in the wake of the holiday surge. 

Hochul declared, “We are going to continue spreading holiday cheer, and not COVID.” 

“We intend to be open. While we’ll do the right thing, it is not enough to be complacent. My friends, we are going through this fight. We’re smart. This is what we know. We are not closing down businesses. “We’re not closing schools,” she said. 

Hochul’s address also included a timeline of the safety measures she has implemented and the new Plans she has for increasing access to COVID tests and vaccines in the state. 

As she fights to keep her place as the top candidate for the governorship, new COVID guidelines were released by Governor Sheila.   

Due to the high demand, CityMD in New York City had to close 13 locations throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. 

People were preparing for holidays by forming lines up to 6 hours outside of testing centers. The results are expected to be in 48 hours, but they take four to five business days.

Gov. Hochul has issued a five-day quarantine for “critical workers” today, one day after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said they would reduce the 10-day COVID mandatory quarantine by seven days for certain workers. 

Officials from the CDC announced Thursday that they had reduced the time for healthcare workers to be in quarantine until seven days if they are asymptomatic or can perform a negative test. 

They also announced that fully vaccinated healthcare workers- those whose have had their booster shot- no longer have to quarantine after being exposed to COVID. 

Anthony Fauci previously stated that health officials were considering dropping the quarantine period to seven days in order to make it more accessible for Americans.  

The CDC’s changes come as healthcare systems have struggled with staffing shortages and follows after the U.K. changed their quarantine period to seven days for vaccinated people. 

Delta Airlines Chief Executive wrote an open letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky asking to reduce the 10-day quarantine to seven days for all fully-vaccinated Americans

Delta Airlines’ Chief Executive sent an open letter to Rochelle Walsky, Director of CDC asking for a reduction in the 10-day quarantine time to seven days to all Americans who are fully-vaccinated. 

The request comes as hundreds of flights have been cancelled during the busy holiday season as Omicron cases surge and workers are forced to quarantine for 10 days

Because Omicron-related cases are on the rise, hundreds of flights had to be cancelled and many workers were forced to stay in quarantine for 10 consecutive days. 

The agency’s adjustments also comes after Delta Airlines Chief Executive Ed Bastian asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to reduce the 10-day quarantine to a week for all Americans in a letter co-signed by airline health and medical advisors. 

Bastian stated that Delta employees are 90% fully vaccinated. The current 10-day quarantine “may impact our workforce operations” and Omicron COVIDs continue to increase.  

As travel increases around holidays, airlines are already experiencing the adverse effects of COVID surges as well as the 10-day quarantine. 

More than 600 flights were canceled and nearly 2,500 flights were delayed on  Christmas Eve morning due to staffing shortages. 

United Airlines has had to cancel at most 196 flights due to staff shortages. Atlanta-based Delta announced it had canceled 171 while Jet Blue cancelled 78. 

In the coming days there are likely to be many more cancellations.  

Delta already cancelled 247 Christmas Day flights with United Airlines cancelling 173, and Jet Blue canceling 75. 

Many people have had to cancel their holiday plans due to delays, but others were able and ready for them. Forced to remain home because of positive or delayed COVID test results