COVID vaccine mandate announced for NYC private-sector workers, new requirements for kids

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a COVID vaccine mandate for all private-sector employers across the board in New York City. The mandate is set to begin on December 27. The mayor called it a proactive, “First in the nation measure.” “New York City will not give a single inch in … Read more

COVID News: Senator Schumer wants HHS to cover cost of at-home tests

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York Senator Charles Schumer is doubling down on President Biden’s plan to make at-home COVID tests free. Senator Schumer wants the test kits to be available at community health centers and mobile sites across the state. He wants the Department of Health and Human Services to set aside funds to … Read more

Coronavirus NY: Tri-State omicron case count up to 10 as hospitals strain under delta surge

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight. “The omicron variant is here, and as anticipated we are seeing the beginning of community spread,” state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a … Read more

COVID News: Delta variant source of 99% of U.S. cases, CDC says

NEW YORK (WABC) — The CDC says the delta variant is still the cause of 99% of the current coronavirus cases in the U.S. When it comes to the omicron variant, the White House and federal health officials are saying be concerned, but don’t panic. 22 states have seen about a 10% increase in hospital … Read more

COVID News: 3 more cases of omicron variant found in New York

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul says that three additional cases of the omicron variant have been found in New York. All three of the new cases are from New York City, making for a total of seven city residents who have tested positive for the new variant. One other case from … Read more