Rare Case of Polio Prompts Alarm and an Urgent Investigation in New York

Health officials in Rockland County offered pop-up polio vaccinations and urged the public to get shots as they investigated whether the disease had spread to others.

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Two Years Later, New York City’s Lessons from the Pandemic

The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.

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Health Agency Under Cuomo ‘Misled the Public’ on Nursing Home Deaths

The New York State Health Department presented nursing home data that concealed the deaths of 4,100 people, according to an audit by the state comptroller.

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NYC Ends School Mask Mandate in a Key Step to Recovery

The lifting of the mandate in the nation’s largest school district was met with a mixture of anxiety and celebration.

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Some New York Schools Resume Maskless Classes

On the first day for some school districts to go maskless, there was disagreement at one Long Island school over whether the change came too soon or was overdue.

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A Guide to Mask Requirements in N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all announced plans to loosen certain restrictions, but all of them continue to require masks in some places.

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As Omicron Spreads, Some Nursing Homes Struggle to Boost Residents

Medical experts say the government should do more to get booster shots into long-term care residents in New York.

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Cuomo’s Office Undermined Health Department, Top Doctor Testifies

The N.Y. Health Department became a “toxic work environment” early in the pandemic, a high-ranking doctor told officials investigating ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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New York Hospitals Face Possible Mass Firings as Workers Spurn Vaccines

With a Monday deadline looming, thousands of health care workers in the state are risking their jobs by not getting a coronavirus vaccine.

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Howard Zucker, Who Led Cuomo’s Pandemic Response, Resigns

Dr. Zucker, the New York State health commissioner, came under fire for potentially helping obscure the coronavirus death toll in nursing homes and keeping health data from the Legislature.

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Keys, Wallet, Pepper Spray: The New Reality for Asian-Americans

‘I think it just speaks to the urgency that people are feeling.’

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Alexia’s Lifelong Nurse Has to Leave Her. Here’s Why.

For the most fragile New Yorkers and those who care for them, turning 23 brings enormous consequences.

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Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll

Aides to the New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, repeatedly prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths in the pandemic.

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This Pharmacist Had Covid-19 Vaccine Doses to Spare. So He Hit the Road.

The pharmacist has started doing pop-up vaccination events at senior affordable housing facilities, possibly illuminating a new way to reach vulnerable groups.

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As Cuomo Reels, Pleas for Political Support Come From His Vaccine Czar

Larry Schwartz, whom Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put in charge of the state’s vaccination efforts, called some county executives about support for the governor.

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Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll

The central role played by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s top staff members reflects the lengths he has gone to brush aside public health expertise and bolster his position as a national leader in the fight against the coronavirus.

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New Allegations of Cover-Up by Cuomo Over Nursing Home Virus Toll

In a leaked conversation, the governor’s top aide admitted that data was withheld on nursing homes, where more than 10,000 New Yorkers have died during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #health-department-nys, #nursing-homes

9 Top N.Y. Health Officials Have Quit as Cuomo Scorns Expertise

“When I say ‘experts’ in air quotes, it sounds like I’m saying I don’t really trust the experts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, referring to pandemic policies. “Because I don’t.”

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N.Y. Severely Undercounted Virus Deaths in Nursing Homes, Report Says

The state attorney general, Letitia James, said it’s likely that the Cuomo administration failed to report thousands of Covid-19 deaths of nursing home residents.

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

There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.

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At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated

Administrators and young graduate students have been inoculated at leading research hospitals, contrary to state and federal guidelines.

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Will Indoor Dining End Next Week?

The governor’s new criteria to roll back reopening include limits on restaurants in regions where hospitalization rates are rising.    

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This Is How the Outbreak Is Resurging Across New York City

The positive test rates have gone up in the city in the last month, leading to what many experts say is a second wave.

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Virus Rate Fell to 2% From 34% in One Area. But Did Anything Change?

Concerns have arisen that communities may be manipulating coronavirus positivity rates by discouraging sick people from being tested.

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How Will We Know a 2nd Virus Wave Has Arrived in N.Y.C.?

There are signs of trouble ahead: Rising rates of positive tests have alarmed health experts, and city and state officials.

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How a Virus Surge Among Orthodox Jews Became a Crisis for New York

New York City had been holding off a second wave, but an uptick in cases in Brooklyn and Queens now threatens to bring one on.

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When Covid Flared Again in Orthodox Jewish New York

The city needs to do a better job at getting information to an insular community that already believes it has herd immunity.

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

“Honestly, I don’t even really see the point in getting tested,” said one New Yorker who has waited nearly two weeks, with still no results.

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Blame Spreads for Nursing Home Deaths Even as N.Y. Contains Virus

With more than 6,000 nursing home residents dying of the coronavirus, a fight over whether relatives should be allowed to sue has erupted in Albany.

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Does Cuomo Share Blame for 6,200 Virus Deaths in N.Y. Nursing Homes?

A state directive sent thousands of Covid-19 patients into nursing homes, but the Cuomo administration has given other reasons for the virus’s spread.

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10 Weeks Into New York Area’s Lockdown, Who Is Still Getting Sick?

Nearly 50,000 people in the region have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks.

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My Mother Died of the Coronavirus. It’s Time She Be Counted.

Not having an accurate, honest, nationwide way to tally Covid-19 cases will only add to the current tragedy.

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1 in 5 New Yorkers May Have Had Covid-19, Antibody Tests Suggest

Accurate antibody testing is a critical tool to determine if the pandemic has slowed enough to begin restarting the economy.

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Over a Dozen NY Nursing Homes Have Had More Than 25 Coronavirus Deaths

Until the state released its accounting, residents’ relatives had been denied information on how hard homes had been hit.

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N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count

The city has added more than 3,700 additional people who were presumed to have died of the coronavirus but had never tested positive.

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Nearly 2,000 Dead as Coronavirus Ravages Nursing Homes in N.Y. Region

The facilities knew that frail and aging residents were especially vulnerable to the outbreak, but they were unable to stop it.

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New York Joins California as Millions More Americans Are Ordered to Stay Home

The strict new directives, in some of the country’s most populous states, were intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Confusion Over Quarantine Feeds Anxiety

“It’s been very crazy,” said one of the thousands of New Yorkers under quarantine about the official guidance she has gotten.

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Coronavirus in New York: The Latest

After a new case emerged in Westchester, the state and the city are testing for infections and tracking possible contacts.

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