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School mask mandate could fall with rest of executive order if found unconstitutional, despite Hochul efforts to prove otherwise

What’s next for New York’s mask mandate in schools? Attorneys say it comes down to how the state’s highest courts rule on it. Governor Kathy Hochul says the mask mandate imposed on private businesses, covering all public indoor spaces is different than ... MORE
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New York study finds COVID-19 vaccines, prior infection reduce chances of serious illness or hospitalization

State and federal health officials released a study this week, taking a closer look at the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, who has been hardest hit by COVID-19? The short answer is not surprising: Those who were vaccinated or had COVID-19 had a substantially ... MORE
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Contact tracing over in New York: Counties have option to continue, or focus on COVID testing, vaccination

New York is moving to self-reporting for contact tracing. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state is launching websites this week for residents to add their own information about close contacts. “We’re moving to more self-management and less active outreach,” Acting ... MORE
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Mary T. Bassett will lead state’s health department after Hochul appointment

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, has been appointed State Commissioner of the Department of Health. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement on Wednesday. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United ... MORE