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’s new health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan meets with community and ethnic media

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell With the recent uptick of COVID cases in New York City, the new health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, met with the community and ethnic media on April 6, 2022, at City Hall to share the … 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

New York Schools Chancellor David C. Banks kicks off 5-11 vaccination campaign

On March 10, 2022, Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced the kickoff of a multi-pronged campaign in partnership with the New York City Health Department and NYC Health + Hospitals/NYC Test & Trace Corps to promote the vaccination of students … 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

NYC Health Department offered free Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Lenox Avenue in Harlem on May 12 and 13

Photo credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell NYC Health Department’s two mobile units were in Harlem along Lenox Avenue between 125th Street and 124th Street uptown side on May 11, 2021, to offer Harlemites a shot of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 … 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

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

New Law protects New Yorkers from eviction for unpaid rent accrued during COVID-19 crisis

The Tenant Safe Harbor Act—sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz—was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on June 30, 2020. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act (S.8192B (Hoylman)/A.10290B (Dinowitz)) provides protection from eviction for renters who have … Read More

Muslim Community Network launches COVID-19 hotline in Soninke, Malinke and French

Photo credit: MH The Muslim Community Network (MCN) has launched a hotline (888-409-0036) for community members who don’t have access to the internet or who cannot fill out necessary forms to access resources and information around COVID-19. The hotline is … Read More

Wolof : COVID-19 financial assistance programs for African businesses and nonprofits in New York City

Africa in Harlem put together a visual presentation in Wolof on different COVID-19 financial assistance programs available for African businesses and nonprofits in New York City. Source: Small Business Administration and NYC Small Business Services     Small Business Administration … Read More

Coronavirus : Black children are the most affected by the new “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19”

The number of cases of the “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19” has risen in New York City to reach 110 confirmed cases; in 54 percent of those either the child tested positive for COVID-19 or tested positive for … Read More

Coronavirus: Accra Restaurant joins local groups to feed African families in the Bronx during COVID-19 crisis

Photo credit: Accra Restaurant The Bronx Community Relief Effort, World Central Kitchen (WCK), RAP4BRONX, and The Bronx Private Industry Council powered by HERE to HERE, welcomed ACCRA Restaurant, a landmark African restaurant in The Bronx, to its group of local … Read More

Coronavirus: New York issues alert on new “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19” impacting children

Photo credit: Raw Pixel The State of New York issued an alert on a new disease impacting children called the “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19.” New Yorkers should seek immediate care if a child has: • Prolonged fever … Read More

Immigration: Nearly 30,000 DACA recipients are frontline health care workers in the fight against COVID-19, but Trump wants them deported, says NYIC

“If SCOTUS allows President Trump’s termination of DACA to go forward, Dreamers will lose their authorization to work and could be deported to countries they barely remember during a pandemic when “sheltering in place” and standing united is vital to … Read More