COVID Positivity Tops 20% in Hot NYC Neighborhood as 5th Wave Intensifies

Kathy Hochul

The COVID-19 transmission rate in New York City is up 20% in the last week and nearly 90% in the last month, to the same levels as late January. COVID positivity rates in parts of New York City are back over 20% as the 5th wave of the pandemic spreads throughout the state, driven by a highly […]

NYC Raises COVID Alert Level as New Cases Surpass Key Threshold; Manhattan Fuels Jump

N.Y.C. Alert Level

New York City raised its COVID alert level to medium on Monday as cases surpassed a rate of 200 per 100,000 people in the five boroughs, health officials said. It marks the first time the health department has adjusted that level since debuting the new system under Mayor Eric Adams’ administration earlier this year. Manhattan and Staten […]

Moderna exec says company could have Omicron booster ready in March

Omicron virus

NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) could have a COVID-19 booster shot targeting the Omicron variant tested and ready to file for U.S. authorization as soon as March, the company’s president said on Wednesday. Moderna President Stephen Hoge said he believes booster shots carrying genes specifically targeting mutations in the newly-discovered Omicron variant would […]

NO JAB, NO JOB: 1,428 NYC workers terminated for failing to follow mandate

NY Mandate

New York City employees who failed to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate were sent termination notices on Friday, the mayor’s office said. A total of 1,428 employees were terminated, with the majority of terminations coming from the Department of Education at 914. New York City Housing Authority racked the second highest number of terminations […]

Erie County mask mandate for all indoor, public locations takes effect

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that a mask mandate will take effect Tuesday. Effective at 6 a.m., masks must be worn in all public, indoor facilities. This does not apply to facilities with a 100 percent COVID-19 vaccination requirement for entry. This new policy is in response […]