States declaring state of emergency amid COVID-19 surges

As the U.S. shattered global case records Jan. 3, reporting more than 1 million new daily COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are also rising across the nation, causing some officials to declare a state of emergency to manage the surges. 

Here are five states and Washington, D.C. that have declared a state of emergency amid the most recent COVID-19 surge:

1. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a 30-day state of emergency Jan. 4 to take short-term actions to support overwhelmed hospitals and mobilized 1,000 National Guard members as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge in the state. 

2. Delaware Gov. John Carney issued a state-of-emergency declaration Jan. 3 to combat the current surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

3. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly reinstated a state-of-emergency declaration Jan. 6.

4. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 10 issued a limited 30-day emergency order to help hospitals facing an influx of patients during the latest COVID-19 surge.

5. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a limited public health emergency Jan. 11 amid the latest COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant.

6. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 11 reinstated a public health emergency to help health systems experiencing a COVID-19 surge.


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