COVID-19 Update: Researchers Say Omicron Variant Could Quickly Outpace Delta Variant In Cases Across The U.S.As more countries report cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, scientists in the U.S. are analyzing tens of thousands of virus samples, looking for the new strain.
New York City Implementing COVID Vaccine Mandate for Religious, Private School EmployeesMayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday workers need to get their first dose by Dec. 20.
Traveler Who Attended Anime NYC Convention At Javits Center Tests Positive For Omicron Variant"It is likely that this is not an isolated case, meaning that there is ongoing community spread of the Omicron variant in NYC," New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi wrote on Twitter.
President Biden Announces Steps To Combat Omicron VariantThe White House released a new plan early Thursday morning to fight the Omicron variant, as the U.S. joined about two dozen other countries with confirmed cases.
With Deadline To Get Vaccinated Passed, 12-Hour Shifts Begin For Correction Workers On Rikers IslandIt was back to work on Rikers Island on Wednesday, but this time only for staff who have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
New York Opening 18 New COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Sites For Children StatewideNew York health officials are urging everyone to get fully vaccinated for the winter. 
CDC Steps Up Screening For Omicron Variant At Area AirportsThe U.S. imposed new restrictions on travel from eight southern African countries late last week. 
As Staffing Shortage On Rikers Island Remains Big Concern, Vaccine Deadline For NYC Correction Officers ExpiresIn anticipation of deepening staff concerns, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an executive order moving correction officers to 12-hour shifts.
In Advance Of Omicron's Arrival, New York City Children Flock To Vaccine Pop-Up Sites, Report Few, If Any, ProblemsNew York City schools have started offering second doses of the vaccine Tuesday for students ages 5 and up.
NYC 'Strongly Recommends' Masks In Public Indoor Spaces, As Omicron Variant Reaches North AmericaThe health commissioner also urged people to get tested, especially after holiday travel and gatherings.
Biden Says Omicron Variant Is 'Cause For Concern, Not A Cause For Panic'President Biden urged Americans to remain calm as scientists work to determine the strength and the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.