The people that continue to call the COVID-19 pandemic a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” are either lying, willfully blind, or delusional.
As the COVID infections rise nationwide some of the highest case totals are in the states that also have the highest vaccination rates, The Daily Mail reported.
In Virginia, a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor in an effort to combat capacity shortages during a surge in cases. Under the order, hospitals will be allowed to expand capacity and some regulations on staffing roles will be lifted.
The state has suffered a 153 percent increase in cases over the past two weeks, with 200 of every 100,000 residents testing positive every day – both figures putting the state towards the middle of the pack. Virginia is also suffering 0.16 deaths per every 100,000 residents every day, the third lowest rate of any U.S. state.
New Jersey has been one of the hardest struck states by the Omicron-fueled Covid surge tearing through America. The state has the fourth highest infection rate in America, with 350 of every 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus daily. Only four states are logging more than 300 cases per every 100,000 residents daily.
A public health emergency has been instituted in the state to combat rising cases. The orders from Gov Phil Murphy include increased vaccine rollout and testing efforts. Mask mandates will also be reinstated in some parts of the state.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the new emergency would not mean any new restrictions on businesses, lockdowns or universal masking.
“I am certain that there are some who are going to do their best to continue to spread misinformation about what this means so I want you to hear it from me,” the governor said.
“It does not mean going backward from any of the progress we’ve made together over the past 22 months,” he said. “In fact, in your day-to-day life, this step won’t have any new impact at all. What it does mean is that we can continue moving forward with our coordinated and responsible approach to putting Omicron and COVID behind us.”
“It means that right now — with record-high new cases because of Omicron and more people in our hospitals than at any point since the Spring of 2020 — our hospitals and health care system will have every tool at their disposal to ensure the best care possible for everyone who needs it,” he argued.
“And, critically, it will mean we continue to stand on a firm base of science and facts, and not politics and conspiracies, to keep your family and your community safe by getting ahead of Omicron and staying there,” he said.
Virginia governor and blackface aficionado Ralph Northam instituted a limited 30 day emergency to help hospitals in the state.
“It has been a long 22 months for all of us,” he said on Monday. “It has been a roller coaster, and we are not built for this kind of uncertainty for this long. It has been hard on everyone.”
The governor said he does not expect the incoming Republican governor Glenn Youngkin to rescind the order.
“The governor has spoken with the governor-elect, and we’re hopeful he will keep this in place for the full 30 days or as long as necessary,” Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said. “It’s very important given the fact that the transition’s taking place.”
The incoming governor “supports the use of tailored executive action that removes staffing barriers and provides healthcare providers the flexibility in order to deliver high-quality care and give overworked medical professionals the relief they need,” Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for Youngkin, said.