Gov. Wolf says New Variant No Reason to Panic

Gov. Tom Wolf suggested today that he is not considering additional containment measures as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads overseas, but continued to urge people to get vaccinated. Wolf said there is no cause for panic, noting that no cases of the variant have been discovered in the United States. Infections, hospitalizations and intensive-care unit cases are rising in Pennsylvania and many other states. About 3,600 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, according to Department of Health figures. Wolf called that “very few” and said he doesn’t “see any need for Pennsylvania to do anything draconian at this point,” Wolf, meanwhile, is fighting in the state Supreme Court to undo a lower court order that, after this coming Saturday, will end his mandate requiring masks inside K-12 schools and child care facilities.

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