Opening Over 100 New COVID-19 Testing Sites in Response to Omicron Surge

In response to the unprecedented surge of omicron cases and citywide testing demand, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that, since the surge began in early December, it has doubled the number of City-run test sites available, opening over 100 new fixed and mobile COVID-19 testing sites and currently operating over 200 testing sites throughout New York City. “The NYC Test & Trace Corps’ ability to so quickly expand the number of COVID-19 testing sites by triple digits underscores its ability to respond to the changing waves of this pandemic and threats its variants pose to New Yorkers,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Our City’s public health system and our partners remain committed to ensuring every New Yorker has timely and convenient resources to better protect themselves and those around them from infection. This has been our basic mission for over 20 months... Read more

Biden, Putin square off as tension grows on Ukraine border

 Face to face for over two hours, President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin squared off in a secure video call Tuesday as the U.S. president put Moscow on notice that an invasion of Ukraine would bring sanctions and enormous harm to the Russian economy. With tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on the Ukraine border, the highly anticipated call between the two leaders came amid growing worries by the U.S. and Western allies about Russia’s threat to its neighbor. Putin, for his part, came into the meeting seeking guarantees from Biden that the NATO military alliance will never expand to include Ukraine, which has long sought membership. The Americans and their NATO allies said that request was a non-starter. There appeared to be no immediate breakthroughs to ease tensions on the Ukraine question, as the U.S. emphasized a need for diplomacy and de-escalation, and issued stern threats to Russia on the... Read more

Street Health Outreach & Wellness Mobile Units Offer Services to Over 50,000 New Yorkers

The NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today that its Street Health Outreach & Wellness (SHOW) mobile units have offered services to over 50,000 New Yorkers, with a focus on people experiencing homelessness, including COVID testing and vaccinations, medical care including wound care, mental health and substance use care, and referrals to harm reduction services. “Our Street Health Outreach and Wellness mobile units have been able to deliver care to the City’s hardest to reach and most vulnerable communities, ensuring that thousands of homeless New Yorkers can get the help that they deserve,” said Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps and Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals. “The extension of health and social resources to people experiencing homelessness, including our street canvass teams who bring vital services to people where they are, will have a lasting impact... Read more