New York school mask mandate may expire, coronavirus infection rate falls below 10%

New York school mask mandate may expire, coronavirus infection rate falls below 10%

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — There is more good news Friday in New York’s battle against COVID-19 and especially the dominant omicron variant, as the state’s positivity rate fell below 10% for the first time in more than a month. Gov. Cathy Hochhol says she expects school districts will no longer require the wearing of … Read more

New York school mask mandate may expire, coronavirus infection rate falls below 10%

New York school mask mandate may expire, coronavirus infection rate falls below 10%

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — There is more good news Friday in New York’s battle against COVID-19 and especially the dominant omicron variant, as the state’s positivity rate fell below 10% for the first time in more than a month. Gov. Cathy Hochhol says she expects school districts will no longer require the wearing of … Read more

Free COVID Tests: Tips for ordering home coronavirus test kits safely

Free COVID Tests: Tips for ordering home coronavirus test kits safely

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – A new website launched by the White House is offering free at-home COVID tests to every household, but a lot of problems have emerged nonetheless. 7 On Your Side’s Nina Pineda has some tips for getting around the glitches and ordering free COVID tests at home safely. When Scott Schlaff … Read more

COVID Omicron updates: NIH says only one monoclonal antibody treatment is effective against Omicron

COVID Omicron updates: NIH says only one monoclonal antibody treatment is effective against Omicron

NEW YORK (WABC) – The use of some monoclonal antibody therapies against COVID has now been discouraged. Updated guidelines from the NIH COVID treatment panel indicate that Regeneron and Eli Lilly treatments have been shown to fail against omicron. The variant is currently responsible for more than 99% of COVID cases in the United States … Read more

COVID Omicron Updates: 75% of NYC employers say omicron has delayed return to work, survey says

COVID Omicron Updates: 75% of NYC employers say omicron has delayed return to work, survey says

NEW YORK (WABC) – According to a survey by the New York City Partnership, 75% of employers have delayed their return to office plans due to an omicron price increase. 38% of employers expect daily office attendance to exceed 50% before the end of March. 22% of companies are unable to provide an estimate of … Read more

COVID Omicron Updates: Study reports higher risk of complications for unvaccinated pregnant women

COVID Omicron Updates: Study reports higher risk of complications for unvaccinated pregnant women

NEW YORK (WABC) – A newly published study, by omicron of Scotland, found that unvaccinated pregnant women with COVID and their newborns were more likely to develop complications, such as hospitalization and death from the virus, than those who had been vaccinated. Currently, more than 20% of Americans eligible for injections have not received at … Read more

COVID Omicron Updates: National Guard steps in to relieve pressure on hospital overwhelmed by Omicron wave

COVID Omicron Updates: National Guard steps in to relieve pressure on hospital overwhelmed by Omicron wave

NEW YORK (WABC) – The National Guard has been called in to help relieve pressure in hospitals caused by the wave of COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant. National Guard medical teams are now deployed in 10 states, assisting in hospitals and medical facilities, according to the Army’s Northern Command. About 13,000 Guard personnel across … Read more

COVID Omicron update: Which face mask is best for you? Medical experts weigh in

COVID Omicron update: Which face mask is best for you?  Medical experts weigh in

NEW YORK (WABC) – With a spike in COVID cases reigniting the face-mask debate, medical experts have joined Eyewitness News to consider their recommendations for mask-wearing. Dr. Bruce Farber, Northwell Health’s chief public health officer and epidemiologist, and Dr. Jay Pharma, director of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Epidemic Prevention and Response, joined Eyewitness News … Read more

COVID Omicron Updates: Experts say US is nearing peak Omicron

COVID Omicron Updates: Experts say US is nearing peak Omicron

NEW YORK (WABC) – The omicron variant-fueled COVID wave continues, but experts say we’re approaching a peak. There are 138,000 Americans hospitalized with COVID right now, approaching the epidemic’s high, and the United States on average sees more than 668,000 new cases each day. It’s a sixfold increase from just five weeks ago, but medical … Read more