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Overwhelmed Public Hospital Doctor Trainees Detail Grueling Pandemic Work Conditions

Officials at city-run hospitals concede they’re not equipped to deal with staff suicides as medical residents tell the City Council they’re understaffed and overburdened. The hearing came in the wake of reports on the recent deaths of three Lincoln Hospital residents.

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NYC Schools Brace for Up to 10,000 Missing Teachers as Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect

As the vaccine mandate for New York City teachers is set to take effect next week, schools are bracing for this Tuesday when thousands of educators might be barred from their classrooms.

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MTA on ‘Mask Blitz’  Following Reports of Low Compliance

Cops and transit workers distributed a record 26,000 masks in the transit system in the first three weeks of this month — rocketing past the total for the entire past year. Starting Thursday, riders who do not follow the mask mandate will be more likely to face fines, officials said.

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A Young Black Mother Died During Treatment for Postpartum Depression. Her Family Demands Answers

Denise Williams went to Queens Hospital Center last month. Her family found out 48 hours later that the 29-year-old mother of two had died at the city-run hospital. They still don’t know why.

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Vaccinate Teens Without Parental Consent, City Child Welfare Agency Says

Lawyers for youth and families push back on new policy that allows foster care and juvenile justice homes to give vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds even if mom or dad objects.

‘Luckiest Man Alive’: Why 9/11 First Responders’ Outlooks May Improve Even as Physical Health Fails

Ailing first responders consistently report better mental health-related quality of life than average Americans, a new FDNY study found. Cases in point: NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who fought for the Victim Compensation Fund Act before they died.

COVID Death Toll Among 9/11 First Responders and Survivors Nears Grim Milestone

Almost 100 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program have died from the virus, though advocates believe many others beyond the registry have succumbed. Meanwhile, thousands left vulnerable by 9/11 illnesses have contracted COVID.

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Self-Harm Is Exploding In New York City Jails, Internal Numbers Show

Self-harm — including suicides — at Rikers Island and other local lockups spiked last summer as COVID-19 ravaged New York, figures obtained by WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY show. The rate’s climbed to historic levels in the months since.

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Call for Donors in Blood ‘Emergency’ Easier for Brooklyn to Answer Thanks to New Facilities

A pop-up store on Atlantic Avenue will soon be followed by a new permanent donation center somewhere in downtown Brooklyn. The borough has lacked a fixed place to give blood for years.

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Mayor Serves Up Last-Minute Vaccine Requirement for U.S. Open

The U.S. Tennis Association adopts vaccination requirement after City Hall reversal on tennis tournament safety protocols.

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Schools’ COVID Safety Plan Has Less Testing, Remote Learning for Quarantined Kids

With less than three weeks remaining before schools reopen for a million students, New York City officials on Thursday revealed a suite of safety protocols including coronavirus testing and classroom closure policies.

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Rikers Staffing Crisis Limits Access to Medical Care

With thousands of officers not coming into work, incarcerated people aren’t getting escorted to their medical appointments, a New York Focus investigation finds.

City Data Shows Vaccines are Working, Even as Mandate Backlash Hits City Hall

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.

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De Blasio’s COVID Response Lacked Crucial Plan and Supplies, Stringer Charges

The comptroller’s ongoing investigation found the city was short on everything from masks to an up-to-date disaster playbook when the pandemic hit. Stringer also accused the mayor of stonewalling his probe, even amid a lawsuit.

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Suit Against Queens Doctor Alleges Sexual Abuse

Five women file Child Victims Act case against Dr. Ferdous Kandker, echoing complaints that ignited social media in the Bangladeshi community.

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How New Yorkers Can Help Haiti Following the Earthquake That Killed 1,300

Local activists and politicians are working to ensure that donations are sent to the right organizations. Many want to prevent a repeat of when the American Red Cross raised $500 million and only built six homes after the devastating 2010 quake.

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Surprise COVID Test Bills Prompt Complaint to NY Attorney General

Dozens of customers complain testing provider CareCube charged them for virus swabs they’re accustomed to getting for free. The health provider says the bills are for "pre-test assessment."

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Vaccine Mandate Offers Shot at Boosting Protection, But Businesses Wary

Store and restaurant workers will be on the frontlines dealing with the unvaccinated — and sometimes angry — public as a new city-wide requiring one dose to go inside bars, restaurants, indoor entertainment venues and gyms.

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Alleged Mold Coverup Stains Public Housing Move to Private Management

A developer charged with taking over a NYCHA housing complex in Upper Manhattan patched over toxic mold with sheetrock, an investigation found. The discovery added to some tenants’ doubts about so-called RAD conversions.

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As Cuomo Orders Vaccinations for MTA, Some Workers Push Back

MTA employees must be vaccinated by Labor Day or agree to weekly COVID tests. But some workers said they’d never get the shots, even after losing more than 160 of their colleagues to the pandemic.