The World Health Organization — the U.N.'s health agency — said evidence is limited but is increasing that a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine would benefit health workers, people who are 60 or older, and those with weak immune systems.
Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Putnam counties have all been designated as 'high-risk' counties by the CDC. Much of New York City is considered 'medium risk'.
Hochul said she is asymptomatic and will be working remotely for the upcoming week.
Officials said New York City would seriously consider bringing back mask mandates and vaccine checks if hospitalizations due to COVID continue to rise.
A new omicron mutant that is a descendent of the earlier "stealth omicron" has quickly gained ground in the United States. It was responsible for 29% of new COVID-19 infections nationally and about 58% of new infections in the New York region.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks Justice Dept. to appeal ruling that voided federal travel mask mandate.
Moderna hopes to offer updated COVID-19 boosters in the fall that combine the original vaccine with protection against the latest variant. Before omicron struck, Moderna began testing a shot combining the original vaccine with protection against an earlier variant named beta.
Health officials are urging New Yorkers not to let their guards down against the coronavirus ahead of the coming holiday weekend.
BA.2 — the so-called stealth omicron variant — has been driving new surges in parts of Asia and Europe and is now the dominant variant in the U.S. The extra-contagious variant doesn't seem to cause more severe disease.
The highly contagious omicron subvariant known as B.A. 2 now makes up the majority of COVID cases in New York City, accounting for 85 percent of new infections and forcing some Broadway shows to be canceled.
Omicron BA.2 is driving the majority of COVID infections in the United States. But a new subvariant — dubbed XE — has been detected in the United Kingdom and needs to be monitored, experts say.
COVID cases are on the rise in some areas of the country, including in parts of New York, driven by the BA.2 subvariant. With Easter and Passover coming up, infections could spike.
New York City is keeping a mask mandate for children under 5 in place and will appeal a judge's ruling that struck it down
Scientists worry that a contagious coronavirus variant may soon push cases up in the United States just as it has in Europe and Asia. One reason? After about two months of falling cases in the U.S., COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted across the nation.
New York's top health official says she doesn't expect to see a "steep surge" in COVID-19 cases as a new omicron subvariant grows more prevalent in the state.
Experts say it's not likely that the highly transmissible omicron variant — or any other variant — will lead us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19.
Public health experts say they are feeling hopeful that more declines are ahead and that the country is shifting from being in a pandemic to an ‘endemic’ that is more consistent and predictable.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that widespread masking, vaccinations and good air flow at the Javits Center prevented the highly contagious omicron variant from spreading widely.
New York state's single-day positivity rate and the number of new cases hit the lowest numbers since October.
U.S. health regulators on Friday authorized bebtelovimab, a new antibody drug that targets the omicron variant, a key step in restocking the nation's arsenal against the latest version of COVID-19.