City urges New Yorkers to mask-up indoors and outdoors as COVID-19 and flu are increasing

As New York City enters the holiday season, COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses are seeing unusually high concurrent spikes. To slow the transmission of these viruses, the New York City Health Commissioner issued a Health Advisory that urges New York City residents … Read More

A New Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo credit: Production Perig By Dr. Ashwin Vasan, New York City’s Health Commissioner Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers have stepped up time and time again to protect each other. Today, over 6 million New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, over … Read More

New York City-based performers and professional athletes now exempt from vaccine mandate

With COVID-19 case counts remaining low and vaccination rates at record heights, New York City Mayor Eric Adams outlined on March 24, 2022, the next step in the city’s economic recovery and COVID-19 response, with a new measure that will … Read More

Mayors Adams Suspends Key to NYC and Removes Mask Mandate in NYC Public Schools for K-12 Students

In the face of quickly declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and more than 17 million doses of vaccines administered, Mayor Eric Adams announced on February 4, 2022 the suspension of the Key to NYC program and the removal of indoor … Read More

Free at-home COVID test kits now offered at City’s cultural sites and libraries

Photo credit: Steheap The NYC Test & Trace Corps’ at-home test distribution initiative, in partnership with 14 landmark City cultural sites and 27 branches of The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, began handing out … Read More

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine Opens COVID Testing Site at 125th St. Northern Manhattan Office

Photo credit: Manhattan BP Levine’s office Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine opened this week a COVID testing site in partnership with SOMOS Community Care at the Borough President’s Northern Manhattan Office (431 W. 125th St. between Morningside–Amsterdam Ave.). The site … Read More

NYC Test & Trace Corps opens 100 new COVID-19 testing sites in response to omicron surge

Photo credit: NYC Health & Hospitals In response to the unprecedented surge of omicron cases and citywide testing demand, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced on January 5, 2022, it has doubled the number of City-run test sites available, … Read More

What to Know About the Delta Variant

By Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, New York City’s Health Commissioner From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our knowledge about the virus has constantly evolved, and we are now confronting a new challenge. Over the past several months, we have … Read More

Tax relief now available to Hurricane Ida victims in New York and New Jersey

Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of New York and New Jersey now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced. This is comparable to relief … Read More

Federal unemployment benefits and extensions scheduled to expire on September 5, 2021

The department of Labor announced that federal unemployment benefits and extensions are scheduled to expire on September 5, 2021. This includes benefits in the following programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) supplement $100 Mixed Earner … Read More

Majority of COVID-19 illness, hospitalizations and deaths are among not fully vaccinated New Yorkers data reveals

New York Health Department released on August 25, 2021 new data on vaccine effectiveness and breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Between January 17 and August 7, 2021, 96.1% of COVID-19 cases, 96.9% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and 97.3% of COVID-19 deaths … Read More

Queens nurse Sandra Lindsay leads NYC Essential Workers Parade

Photos credit: Bill Moore Sandra Lindsay, the Queens nurse who became the first person in the United States to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, led on July 7, 2021 the Hometown Heroes parade honoring essential workers and served as Grand Marshal. … Read More

Emergency Rental Assistance Program open to undocumented can pay up to 12 months of rental arrears

Photo credit: Vitalii Vodolazskyi The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance is accepting applications starting June 1, 2021. The program is designed to offer significant economic relief to … Read More

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray discusses vaccination and diversity in the health sector

Photo credit: City of New York NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray was this week’s Africa in Harlem video podcast guest. She discussed vaccination and the importance of diversity in the health sector. First Lady McCray also urged Black and Brown … Read More

Variants represent over 70% of new COVID-19 cases in New York City

Photo credit: Freshidea The Health Department released on March 31, 2021 a new data report about COVID-19 virus variants. For the week of March 15-21, variants now represent over 70% of cases sequenced. The rapid increase in the proportion of … Read More

SBS can help you apply for PPP for free before March 31st deadline

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced that SBS is continuing to help businesses connect to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the 2 weeks remaining until the program is set to end on March 31, … Read More

Americans using direct deposit to receive Economic Impact Payments starting March 13

The Internal Revenue Service announced on March 12, 2021 that the third round of Economic Impact Payments will begin reaching Americans over the next week. Following approval of the American Rescue Plan Act, the first batch of payments will be … Read More

Three new COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs open today in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Three new COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs located in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn opened today, January 10, 2021. Twelve additional Hubs will open next week across the five boroughs, adding to the over 125 sites that … Read More

New York City announces phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The City of New York will work with the State to guarantee maximum distribution of a safe, effective, and free vaccine, with an emphasis on communities hardest hit by the pandemic. Over the next two months, the City will engage … Read More

COVID-19 makes New Yorkers anxious et depressed Health Opinion Polls show

Photo credit:The Visuals You Need The Health Department released on September 22, 2020, a new report on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in New York City. Health Opinion Polls conducted in April and May found New Yorkers are … Read More

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