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In a new report, Moderna on Thursday said that its COVID vaccine showed to have 93% efficacy six months after the second shot.
New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Aug. 3. It is the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions. The new requirement will be phased in over several weeks in August and September.
After a week full of rising COVID cases and new CDC mask recommendations as well as vaccine mandates and $100 incentives, it can be tough to keep everything straight.
President of Newark University Hospital Dr. Shereef Elnahal and New York City Councilman Mark Levine joined PIX on Politics host Dan Mannarino on Sunday, Aug. 1 to discuss the important COVID information folks in the tri-state area need to know.
PIX11 News’ Henry Rosoff spent an eye-opening few hours with vaccination outreach workers to learn more about the unvaccinated population.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday, Aug. 1 that more “pain and suffering” is on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climb again and officials plead with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots.
In a memo, Walmart announced that associates who work in multiple facilities, and associates of its campus office, will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4. Walmart also required associates, including those fully vaccinated, to wear masks in its stores.
The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in New York is rising at a faster and steadier pace now than it did last fall, before anyone was vaccinated.
A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized the delta variant is more dangerous and fast-spreading than first thought. The findings also made clear why efforts to get more people vaccinated are vital.
A Bronx teacher is trying to convince people to get vaccinated and send their kids back to school. High school social worker Justin Spiro says he’s on a mission, alongside the teachers’ union, to speak to parents with concerns.
When curtains rise again on Broadway in September, theatergoers will need to mask up and show proof of vaccination.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new information on Friday, July 30, saying the coronavirus delta variant can spread as easily as chickenpox.
New York City officials announced the city will give $100 debit cards to New Yorkers who get their first COVID shot at a city-run vaccination site.
A 16-year-old high schooler in the Bronx said she was vaccinated at school in part to convince her doubtful parents and family that the vaccine is safe.
The start of the next academic year is more than a month away for many New York students, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advising school districts to take action and ensure schools won’t become COVID-19 superspreaders.
The effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine wanes slightly over time but it remains strongly protective for at least six months after the second dose, according to company data released Wednesday.
Beginning July 30, Disney World required all visitors ages 2 and older to wear a face covering while indoors as well as in Disney buses, the monorail and the Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status.
New York will require all state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Labor Day or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.
Additionally, all patient-facing health care workers at state hospitals will be required to get the vaccine. There will be no alternative testing option for these employees.
Employers should bring workers back to offices by Labor Day, the governor said Wednesday, July 29 amid an increase in COVID cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the star-studded lineup of artists performing at the massive Central Park Concert. Performers include Carlos Santa, Patti Smith, Jennifer Hudson and Earth Wind & Fire. Those attending must provide proof of vaccination.
Facing backlash over delayed pandemic rental assistance payments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a more streamlined online application process for tenants and landlords. The new online application, which will be implemented on Tuesday, loosens the standards for documentation, including for multi-tenant landlords who need to submit arrears documents.
All New York City municipal workers are required to get vaccinated or have weekly COVID testing by Sept. 13, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. All unvaccinated municipal workers must also wear masks indoors. Anyone who does not follow the mandate will not be allowed to work and will be unpaid.
Starting Monday, July 26, select schools in New York City’s Summer Rising summer school program will begin offering vaccine shots to eligible students, parents and community members.
The free Pfizer shots will be available at 25 Summer Rising sites through Aug. 13 across all five boroughs. Find out when and where here.
The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said on Sunday, July 25.
Roughly $2 billion in federal rental assistance remained in the hands of New York State on Sunday, July 25, as thousands of tenants continued to struggle to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Chuck Schumer released a letter he sent to the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, demanding the agency “move heaven and earth” to quickly release the Emergency Rental Assistance Program funding.
Some New York City officials called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to retighten COVID-19 restrictions as the delta variant spurs an uptick in cases in the five boroughs. De Blasio, however, said he would hold off on reinstating an indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the city remain relatively low.
As concern grows regarding the COVID-19 delta variant, health leaders are warning about somewhat different symptoms that come with it.
A new poll shows that most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots. About 16% say they probably will get the vaccine.
HIPAA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 during a time when medical records were being computerized. It was created to simplify the administration of health insurance and to prevent unauthorized access to peoples’ medical histories.
In fact, HIPAA doesn’t block anyone from asking another person about their health status, according to Alan Meisel, law professor and bioethics expert at the University of Pittsburgh.
New York City’s private sector businesses should institute vaccine requirements for employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday, July 23. The “limits of a purely voluntary system” have been reached, the mayor said.
The Justice Department says it has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response.
The New York City public hospital system said it’s still waiting on a big reimbursement from FEMA for expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants or other businesses is something that the city needs to “seriously consider,” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. He also said that proof of vaccination may be among the rules for entry into a series of five “Homecoming Concerts,” one in each borough, that the city will stage in August — a change from earlier inclination.
New York’s big Homecoming Week celebration got a little bigger on Thursday, July 22. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced there will be four daily concerts, one in each outer borough, in the days leading up to the previously announced Central Park concert.
New York City will require workers in city-run hospitals and health clinics to either get vaccinated or get tested weekly, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The COVID-19 safety requirement for health workers goes into effect beginning Aug. 2.
As COVID-19 cases slowly rise in the area, the City Council’s health committee chairman said the delta variant has become the dominant strain of the virus. City Councilmember Mark Levine said the delta variant makes up 69% of new cases in the city — up from 44% the week before.
City Councilmember and health committee chair Mark Levine is calling for the city or state Health Departments to follow the lead of other parts of the country and reinstate an indoor mask mandate for everyone.
The parents of an estimated 60 million American children began receiving child tax credit payments from the IRS in mid-July in a move expected to lift millions of families above the poverty baseline for the remainder of 2021. Should they become permanent?
President Joe Biden is confronting the worrying reality of rising cases and deaths — and the limitations of his ability to combat the persistent vaccine hesitance responsible for the summer backslide.
Statins, a common medication for lowering cholesterol, may be saving lives among patients with COVID-19. A new study reveals hospitalized coronavirus patients who take statins are much less likely to die from the illness.
On the heels of the announcement that Los Angeles County will reinstitute its indoor mask mandate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked on the “Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC radio if he has plans to make a similar move and bring back mask rules for the city.
New York City students will still have to wear masks in schools next fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in July.
Payments for the highly anticipated expanded child tax credits were being sent to families in the tri-state area, and the rest of the nation, for the first time in mid-July. While the additional money may be very helpful for some families across the economic spectrum, the overall tax credit situation is complicated.
The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said he is asking China to be more transparent as scientists search for the origins of the coronavirus.
A new study suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke is linked to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
The official disbursement date for the first child tax credit payments from the Internal Revenue Service was July 15, but parents may not see the cash right away.
The federal government’s count of those who died of COVID-19 in New York has 11,000 more victims than the tally publicized by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which has stuck with a far more conservative approach to counting virus-related deaths.
The delta variant is fueling new COVID-19 cases in New York City, and health officials are urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated if they haven’t already. NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi told PIX11 Morning News’ Betty Nguyen that he’s very concerned about the delta variant.
The government’s top infectious disease expert said “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that Americans will need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but it is too soon for the government to recommend another shot.
The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant.
America’s top infectious disease expert says about 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people. And Dr. Anthony Fauci says “it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable.”
New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and some relatives received COVID-19 testing from the state at her private Long Island residence last summer after a member of the family tested positive, a state court official said.
The State of Emergency in New York may have ended but the state Department of Health remains cautious about the spread of COVID-19.
The same day the State of Emergency expired, DOH readopted some emergency regulations that would allow the agency and local health departments to react quickly should another spike in COVID cases happen, such as its “Surge and Flex” strategy and requiring masks in public for unvaccinated people.
The workforce shortage is a combination of several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a shift in the economy, and changes in the workforce demographics, experts say.
Along with $1,400 stimulus checks and monthly child tax credit payments, the American Rescue Plan has another important benefit available to people who qualified for unemployment assistance this year: free health care.
A monument honoring essential workers’ efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic will change locations after residents in Battery Park City were unhappy with where it was originally going to be built.
With the economy growing rapidly as it reopens from the pandemic, many employers are increasingly desperate to hire. Yet evidence suggests that as a group, the unemployed aren’t feeling the same urgency to take jobs.
New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and discounts.
As of Wednesday, there have been 2,144,333 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020 and 43,105 fatalities, according to data from the state.
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