Tag: Health and Mental Hygiene Department (NYC)

How to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine in N.Y.C.

The number for the state is 833-697-4829. Why is this so complicated? The systems that each agency or provider use don’t communicate with one another. Many of these scheduling portals existed on their own, long before a need arose to try to patch them into a citywide search tool. Officials are trying to make it […]

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What New York City’s Sewers Reveal About the Virus

Several academic partners helped the agency develop the lab methodology. Department officials said they have spent $250,000 on new equipment, acquired $300,000 from grants and academic partnerships and hired a handful of new staff members. The recent spikes in cases that they detected provided a proving ground for the system, city officials said. The outbreaks […]

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N.Y.C.’s School Testing Plan May Miss Large Outbreaks, Study Finds

New York City’s ambitious plan to randomly test students for coronavirus in each of its 1,800 public schools will likely be insufficient to catch outbreaks before they spread beyond a handful of students, according to new estimates of the spread of infections in city schools. The research underscores the immense challenge of keeping the nation’s […]

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N.Y.C. Threatens Orthodox Jewish Areas on Virus, but Trump’s Impact Is Seen

Facing a worrying spike in coronavirus cases in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, New York City health officials began carrying out emergency inspections at private religious schools on Friday and threatened to impose an extraordinary lockdown in those communities that would be the first major retreat by the city on reopening since the pandemic began. Mayor Bill […]

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Virus Cases Are Reported in 100 N.Y.C. School Buildings

At least one coronavirus case had been reported in more than 100 school buildings and early childhood centers in the New York City school system by the first day of in-person instruction on Monday, according to the Department of Education. Nearly all the buildings remained open, though six were closed temporarily, in accordance with city […]

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N.Y.C. Warns About Rising Virus Cases in Hasidic Neighborhoods

New York City’s Health Department warned Tuesday evening that Covid-19 was spreading at increasing levels in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, a worrisome indicator after a couple of months of declining or flat transmission. City health officials said that they were especially concerned about a clear uptick in transmission among some of the city’s […]

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The Met Is Reopening, and the ‘Hot Dog King’ Is Back

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art closed in March, as the coronavirus ravaged New York, the cluster of pushcarts out front — one of the most coveted food-vending locations in the city — was left with no business. “No museum, no customers,” said Dan Rossi, 70, a vendor who over 13 years has become known […]

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In N.Y.C.’s Coronavirus Surge, a Frightening Echo of the 1918 Flu

The 1918 influenza pandemic is the deadliest in modern history, claiming an estimated 50 million lives worldwide, including 675,000 in the United States. By some measures, the toll of the Covid-19 surge in New York City this spring resembled that of the 1918 flu pandemic. In March and April, the overall death rate was just […]

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Why N.Y.C. Has a New Health Commissioner

ImageDr. Oxiris Barbot, the health commissioner since 2018, resigned.Credit…Jeenah Moon for The New York Times New York has yet to see a resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak that ravaged the city in the spring. But still, as infections soar elsewhere in the country, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s top health officials are grappling […]

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N.Y.C. Health Commissioner Resigns After Clashes With Mayor Over Virus

New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned on Tuesday in protest over her “deep disappointment” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent efforts to keep it in check. Her departure came after escalating tensions between City Hall and top Health Department officials, which began at the start of […]

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9-Day Waits for Test Results Threaten N.Y.C.’s Ability to Contain Virus

Nearly four months after the pandemic’s peak, New York City is facing such serious delays in returning coronavirus testing results that public health experts are warning that the problems could hinder efforts to reopen the local economy and schools. Despite repeated pledges from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio that testing would […]

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