NYC expected to elevate to ‘high’ COVID alert level in coming days, indoor masks urged

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City is expected to enter the high COVID-19 alert level in the coming days, and health officials are strongly recommending wearing masks in public indoor settings. The city is currently in the medium alert level, but that is expected to change as cases increase. The New York City … Read more

FDA limits Johnson & Johnson vaccine; New York City not ruling out return of mask mandates

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — There are growing concerns as new data shows hospitalizations and deaths from COVID are tracking higher for the first time in months. Limits now placed on Johnson & Johnson are seen as good news for companies like Pfizer and Moderna. The FDA said Thursday that the one-shot Johnson & Johnson … Read more

New York City reaches medium risk alert level for COVID

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City has now moved into the medium risk alert level for COVID-19, Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan announced Monday. The city has now surpassed a rate of 200 infections per 100,000 people, across the five boroughs. “With COVID-19 cases rising, NYC has entered the Medium risk alert level,” … Read more

Dozens of NYC DOE employees on unpaid leave for alleged fake COVID vaccine cards

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Dozens of New York City Department of Education employees are being placed on unpaid leave as of Monday for allegedly submitting fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. The DOE said fewer than 100 employees submitted the fake vaccination cards, while a union official estimated it to be around 70. The United Federation … Read more

Mass confusion: Airlines, public transit struggle for clarity after mask ruling

NEW YORK (WABC) — A federal judge’s decision to strike down the national mask mandate covering airlines and other public transportation continues to have a ripple effect across the Tri-State area as agencies respond. The Department of Justice countered on Wednesday by filing an appeal seeking to overturn the judge’s order that has caused chaos … Read more

MTA, NJ Transit, other mass transit agencies respond over mask mandate ruling

NEW YORK (WABC) — A federal judge’s decision to strike down the national mask mandate covering airlines and other public transportation Monday, is having a ripple effect across the Tri-State area as agencies respond. The ruling appeared to free operators to make their own decisions about mask requirements, with the several major airlines: Delta, American, … Read more

NYC urges masks, COVID testing ahead of holiday weekend; Broadway extends mask mandate

NEW YORK (WABC) — New York City has issued a COVID-19 warning ahead of holiday gatherings this weekend, after two new omicron subvariants have been identified as fueling an uptick in cases in the central part of the state. Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan urged residents to mask indoors and get tested before seeing potentially … Read more

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