Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office is still operating under the assumption that the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, according to an automated phone message provided to callers. The message, delivered by a male staffer, states that social distancing is critical to preventing the spread of the virus and that staff in the congresswoman's District and DC offices will soon begin telecommuting. However, this message is outdated and inaccurate, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control dropped its social distancing requirement in August 2020, stating that Americans no longer need to stay at least six feet away from each other. The overwhelming majority of adults now have some level of immunity to the virus, either from vaccinations, prior infections, or both. The guidance also no longer advises quarantining for those exposed to COVID-19 but not infected, regardless of vaccination status. President Biden declared that "the pandemic is over" in September 2020 and approved a law that officially ended the COVID-19 emergency on May 11, 2021, more than three years after former President Donald Trump declared it in March 2020. Even the World Health Organization announced earlier this month that COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency. WHO first declared COVID-19 an international crisis on January 30, 2020. [tweet_embed]May 29, 2023[/tweet_embed] Following a legal challenge, the New York State Department of Health dropped its vaccination requirement for one million healthcare workers starting this fall. The department stated that "due to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving vaccine recommendations, the New York State Department of Health has begun the process of repealing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for workers at regulated healthcare facilities." One New Yorker who called Ocasio-Cortez's federal office said she should receive the Rip Van Winkle award. Other elected officials said the voice message was a head-scratcher and suggested that Ocasio-Cortez and her staff never bothered to update it. Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said, "Maybe her office just needs to update its voicemail, but the pandemic is over, and all federal employees need to return to the office. They don't get paid to sit at home." Malliotakis added that her office never closed, to begin with. Ocasio-Cortez, who represents portions of The Bronx and Queens in New York's 14th Congressional District, held a town hall meeting on Friday where hundreds of people could sit nearby. However, one activist claimed he was barred entrance. Ocasio-Cortez's representatives had no immediate comment in response to a request from The Post Sunday, but she's not the only city Democrat whose office is stuck in the past. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams' $5 million office, which is supposed to assist New Yorkers with complaints, has been largely missing since the pandemic struck in 2020. Williams allowed dozens of employees to continue working from home after lockdowns and social distancing rules were lifted. Anyone who tries calling Williams' main "constituents" line gets a recorded message that says, "Our office is currently working remotely." However, a message now says, "Our office is currently working on a hybrid schedule."