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Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

The new omicron variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is starting to appear more in the United States, health officials there said.  Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
New York State confirmed its first five cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a joint press conference.  “This is not a major cause for …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

The European Union must consider coronavirus vaccination mandates for all residents as a response to the omicron variant, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Wednesday.
Von der Leyen said the EU’s 27 member states should quickly deploy booster doses and consider temporarily enforcing pre-travel PCR tests even within the bloc’s borders.
“We have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” Von der Leyen, …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: EU Warns of Possible ‘Very High Burden’ on Healthcare System

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: EU Warns of Possible ‘Very High Burden’ on Healthcare System

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returned in all its glory on Thursday, replete with floats and dancers, one year after the pandemic forced organizers to hold a pared down and largely prerecorded version.  Thousands of onlookers came to watch the spectacle of an animatronic turkey waddling its way down Central Park West and the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan along with thousands of performers ranging from Broadway stars to …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 24: Germany Checks for Vaccine Papers on Public Transit, ER Closes Amidst Nursing Staff Shortage

Germany, which reported a pandemic high of 66,884 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, began to have ticket controllers on public transportation check passengers’ proof of vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative Covid test, as part of the country’s so-called 3G policy.  In that model, “3G” stands for “geimpft” (vaccinated), “genesen” (recovered), or “getestet” (tested).
Face masks have long been mandatory on public transportation including buses, the U-Bahn (subways), the S-Bahn (regional commuter …

Thanksgiving Week Forecast: Rain, Snow, and Travel Delays

Thanksgiving Week Forecast: Rain, Snow, and Travel Delays

If you’re traveling by car or air for the Thanksgiving holiday, you probably would want to be at your destination already if your travel plans take you to or through the Midwest and the Northeast.
Heavy rain, high winds, and snow are forecast for major travel hubs in the United States including Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City.  Meanwhile, the storm that was expected to heavily impact the Pacific Northwest has …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 17: New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square to be Limited to the Fully Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 17: New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square to be Limited to the Fully Vaccinated

New York City’s famed New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will return at “full force” come December 31, Mayor Bill De Blasio said Tuesday, albeit with a caveat: Only those who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to attend. 
Although the event is being held outdoors, attendance requires mandatory vaccinations because it is an extremely crowded hour-long event that draws people from around the country as well as across …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 15: Surgeon General Issues Warning, N.Y.C. Workers Use Fake Vaccine Cards

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 15: Surgeon General Issues Warning, N.Y.C. Workers Use Fake Vaccine Cards

The U.S. surgeon general said Monday that, if courts continue to block the Biden Administration’s vaccination mandates, it would be “a setback for public health.” The Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued a rule requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to mandate coronavirus vaccinations by January 4, or put weekly testing and mask requirements into place for the non-vaccinated.
In New York, several dozen employees of the Department of …