According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 24, the COVID-19 rate of increase in New York has gone up. The rate of new infections is doubling every three days. New projections show the number of needed hospital beds is up to 140,000 within the next 14 to 21 days.

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Safety Top Of Mind As In-Person Office Holiday Parties ReturnOffice holiday parties are happening again. For some, it's the first opportunity to meet coworkers in more than a year, but event spaces say safety is as much a part of the party as the food; CBS2's Lisa Rozner reports.
Coney Island Residents Rally Over Lack Of HeatSome NYCHA tenants on Coney Island say they are without heat and hot water.
New York Blood Center Announces Emergency ShortageAs Omicron spreads, the New York Blood Center says it's facing a shortage emergency and needs donations.
A Look Inside Liberty Village On Joint Base McGuire-DixWe're getting a first look inside Liberty Village on Joint Base McGuire-Dix in New Jersey, where 11,000 Afghan refugees are currently housed, awaiting resettlement as part of Operation Allies Welcome; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor Bill De Blasio Announce Omicron Cases Confirmed In New YorkGov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference Thursday that five cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in New York state.
5 Omicron Cases Confirmed In New York, Gov. Hochul SaysGov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that five Omicron cases have been confirmed in New York.
Paley Center Celebrates Grand Reopening In MidtownThe Paley Center for Media in Midtown will welcome visitors this weekend for the first time since its closure in March of 2020.
Fearless Girl Statue's Future In LimboThe future of the Fearless Girl statue is in limbo again.
Scotch Plains Golf Course Renamed To Celebrate African-American HistoryA public golf course in Scotch Plains was renamed this week just in time for a 100th anniversary gala Friday night, celebrating its African-American history; CBS2's Andrea Grymes reports.
NYC Leaders Celebrate Opening Of Overdose Prevention SitesNew York City leaders continue to celebrate the opening of two overdose prevention sites in Upper Manhattan, saying the services will reduce record-high death tolls and curb drug use on city streets; CBS2's Jessi Mitchell reports.
Companies Having Difficult Getting Materials For GravestonesCompanies that make gravestones are having difficult getting their hands on materials; Naomi Ruchim reports for CBS2.
NYPD Arrests Suspect Accused Of Stealing School BusA police chase involving a school bus in Brooklyn ended in a wild crash Thursday; CBS2's Thalia Perez reports.
NYC Parents, Teachers Impatient For Classroom Capacity Bill To Become LawThere's a push for smaller class sizes in New York City. Some parents and teachers are getting impatient for a classroom capacity bill to become law; CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.
A Look At This Year's Top Food Trends For The Holiday SeasonWith the holiday season in full swing, there's lots of celebrating with lots of food; CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports.
11th Annual Toys For Tots Drive At Nassau Coliseum SundayLong Island leaders join forces to make sure no child goes without a gift this holiday season.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Introduces Package Of Gun Safety BillsOn the heels of a deadly school shooting in Michigan, Gov. Phil Murphy introduced a package of gun safety bills; CBS2's Meg Baker reports.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea To Retire At End Of YearNew York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has made it official -- he's retiring.
DOJ Launches Inquiry Into Cuomo On Multiple FrontsFederal authorities are now looking into sexual harassment claims leveled against former New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
Armed Man Outside United Nations Prompts Lockdown, Standoff With PoliceAn armed man outside the United Nations prompted a lockdown and a standoff with the NYPD on Thursday; CBS2's Tony Aiello reports.
NYPD Arrests Suspect That Stole School Bus, Several People HurtA wild police chase after a school bus in Brooklyn left at least a dozen vehicles damaged.
NJ Assembly Members Blocked From Chamber Over DisputeA group of Republican lawmakers in New Jersey were blocked from entering the State Assembly chambers in Trenton on Thursday.
President Biden Lays Out Plan For Tackling COVID-19 This WinterPresident Joe Biden visited the National Institutes of Health, where he laid out his plan for tackling COVID-19 this winter; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.
Minnesota Resident Who Recently Visited NYC Tests Positive For Omicron VariantOfficials are reporting that a Minnesota resident who recently attended an event at the Javits Center has tested positive for the Omicron variant; CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the story.
NYC Issues Vaccine Mandate For Religious Private School WorkersNew York City is issuing a vaccine mandate for employees of Catholic schools, yeshivas and other private schools.

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