Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New data from the city health department points to disparities in race and gender that may stem from preexisting conditions and access to care.
As tickets mount, many vendors feel like they’re being punished by the Adams administration for not having a permit even as they have no way to get a permit.
Seeking more vaccines and data, the caucus plans on Thursday to introduce a legislative package aimed at better addressing the city’s monkeypox outbreak.
Your guide to all things monkeypox — now a “public health emergency” in the city — from symptoms to where to get vaccinated.
With Omicron propelling record infections and long pre-holiday lines outside testing facilities, the mayor and Mayor-elect Eric Adams scrambled to assure New Yorkers that we’ll get through the “fast and temporary phenomenon” of the variant.
Manhattan’s Gale Brewer and Queens’ Donovan Richards issue call for transparency after THE CITY revealed the de Blasio administration withheld a map tracking fatalities at the pandemic’s 2020 peak: “This information could have saved lives.”
The city Department of Health prepared a map breaking down COVID fatalities by ZIP code in early April 2020, just as New York was about to hit the height of deaths, THE CITY has learned. But the de Blasio administration delayed the information’s release for weeks.
The first, if limited, numbers released by the city indicate very low infection, hospitalization and death rates for those who got their shots. But that didn’t stop hundreds from protesting vaccination requirements for municipal workers.
Scientists studying coronavirus in local wastewater say that city environmental officials initially had “zero willingness to help explore this potential public health risk.” Officials stress that the findings are preliminary.
The city’s 249 senior centers, for New Yorker’s 60 and older, are set to completely reopen by Flag Day, and outdoor activities can resume immediately, de Blasio announced Tuesday — catching providers off guard.
Jumaane Williams, citing THE CITY’s report that one center is empty and another barely used after millions spent, demands answers on the ThriveNYC projects. “It’s beyond frustrating,” he said.
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Dr. Marcelle Layton, NYC’s communicable diseases boss, argued the $880 million test-and-trace effort isn’t effective — and said more funding should be injected into vaccinations, an email obtained by THE CITY shows.
Teachers were heavily represented at the first two 24/7 inoculation centers THE CITY checked up on Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The mayor Wednesday touted a $900 million plan for a 90-day supply of crucial gear for frontline medical workers. But figures obtained by THE CITY show some key items won’t be in full stock for a month or more as virus cases grow.
Some hospitals still don’t have a state-mandated 90-day supply of protective equipment for frontline medical workers as mayor warns renewed restrictions on public life loom.
It marked the first lawsuit filed by the comptroller against City Hall. Stringer, a mayoral hopeful, wants documents key to his probe of de Blasio’s COVID crisis response.
While health officials make life-altering calls on neighborhood shutdowns, official data releases prevent New Yorkers from seeing what’s going on in real time.
A report for Saturday showed zero coronavirus fatalities in New York City — but delays in city health department reports mean we don’t yet know the true toll.
Backlog follows Gov. Cuomo’s 11th-hour decision to allow camps to operate this year as the COVID crisis abates. Some 228 applications remain pending with summer kicking into gear.
Large working-class housing developments from Starrett City to NYCHA suffer heavy losses — while a swath of Lower Manhattan sees no COVID fatalities.
City tells physician he probably has coronavirus, but is no longer contagious. Meanwhile, a Queens doctor is reported hospitalized with COVID-19.