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Police update on Bangor nightclub spiking investigation as women report needle sticks and discomfort

Officials have urged revelers to remain vigilant as the investigation continues (Author: Gardener)

BangorPolice have issued an update on an investigation into needlesticks at a Bangor nightclub. It emerged that women in separate groups claimed to have been attacked on Friday and Saturday last weekend. They reported seeing needle marks in their arms, feeling unwell, and have agreed to have blood tests to identify drugs in their systems. Investigators continue to investigate and urge revelers to be vigilant. A North Wales Police spokesman said: "In addition to the recent reports of spiking at a nightclub in Bangor, we would like to keep you informed of our ongoing investigation." The incidents were reported by a small number of women in Bangor who identified themselves as Part of separate groups met on February 18 and 19, 2022. "All reported feeling unwell the following day and, after noticing marks on their arms, suspected they had been victims of drug injection with needles." Each of these Women has issued a police statement and agreed to blood tests to identify the possible presence of illegal drugs.” In needlepoint, an offender uses a needle to inject a substance into a victim to make them more vulnerable. Det Chief Insp Rebecca Hughes added: "Investigations into these incidents are ongoing and we are in contact with those who have reported suspected needle spiking offenses in Bangor." "Incidents of drug spiking in North Wales are rare but we are aware of an increase in reports across the UK in recent years. "I would like to reassure everyone in the community that these reports are being taken extremely seriously by North Wales Police. “A dedicated team of detectives is investigating the reports and we are stepping up targeted patrols. "Our advice to anyone who enjoys going out is to be vigilant, report any suspicious behavior to staff or the police and be alert to anything offered to you by someone you don't know. "We would encourage anyone who believes they have been the victim of drug spikes to seek immediate medical attention. "We are also requesting any witnesses or anyone with information supporting the investigation to contact us quoting reference 22000127601.

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Friday weather in Metro Detroit, major construction this weekend, Ann Arbor repeals whites-only policy

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FridaySlippery road conditions and up to 4 inches in some parts of Metro Detroit could make for some rough driving Friday morning. The winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service is expected to lift by 8am, so late morning slippery driving is expected to ease. The light snow that fell likely mixed with some freezing drizzle and sleet to create the slippery conditions. Most of the snow expected to fall was between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at up to half an inch an hour. After the curtain of precipitation has lifted, temperatures will peak in the afternoon at 28 degrees. There is a slight chance of more snow in the early evening and into Saturday night, but skies will be relatively clear for most of the weekend. Despite another round of winter weather on Metro Detroit, road crews have some serious construction planned this weekend. One lane of northbound I-275 will be open from Northline to Five Mile Road beginning Friday at 9 a.m. to allow the Michigan Department of Transportation to install sidewalk markers, hard shoulders and ramps, temporary signs and concrete barriers. Occasional ramp closures are also to be expected. Two lanes will be open on I-275 southbound from Seven Mile to Northline Road. Construction of I-75 will also resume this weekend. The following is expected to begin this weekend: Close the 12 miles off I-75 through November to work on the divergent Diamond Interchange. Install a traffic switch on I-75 between 12 miles and north of 13 miles. This may change depending on the weather this weekend. In addition, the EB/WB ramps to NB I-696 will be completely closed. The 11 mile and 12 mile access ramps to NB I-696 are already closed, requiring people to walk all the way to 14 miles to get inside. A FedEx driver is caught on video driving through Detroit with a suspected prostitute in his truck. The driver makes some odd stops and even some deliveries - before dropping them off. That morning, he spotted a woman he describes as a sex worker approaching a FedEx driver near McNichols and Conant on Detroit's east side. "I mean, I'm from this neighborhood, so I see her all the time," Anderson said. "And I guess I know this guy isn't going to let her in, you know what I'm saying?" But he let her right in, and they pulled off and down a side street. Anderson, along with his son and daughter-in-law, followed while live-streaming the incident. Anderson says he followed the truck for about 45 minutes. The van drove from Detroit to Warren, to a loading dock where the driver is attempting to smuggle the woman out of the truck. "I was just trying to get her off you," the driver says to Anderson after being confronted. FOX 2 has reached out to FedEx for comment, with a spokesman saying they are "aware of the video and are investigating the situation." A racial treaty in an Ann Arbor neighborhood charter was eventually overturned by civil rights and community groups. The Hannah neighborhood of Ann Arbor had an outdated, unenforceable, and illegal "whites-only" policy that existed in the subdivision's charter. "Sure, it's unenforceable, but we don't see it any differently than a white-only sign at the subdivision's entrance," said Michael Steinberg, the director of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee. Two weekends ago, neighbors joined members of the University of Michigan's Civil Rights Litigation Committee to overturn the racist policy. "It's time we examined our past," said Erica Briggs, a member of the Ann Arbor City Council. “We see this as an opportunity for neighborhoods to really reaffirm their values. We say we extend a warm welcome to them," said U of M student Nina Gerdes. Civil rights and community groups continue to work to repeal race treaties in other Michigan boroughs as well. Members of the Ukrainian Americans in Metro Detroit gathered for an energy meeting in Warren on Thursday. "Fear, worry, my mother lives there, my uncles, aunts, cousins," said Andre Vygnanski, an American from Ukraine. Vygnanski is CEO of Ukraine's Selfreliance Michigan Federal Credit Union. These three Ukrainian-American men are all concerned about the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. "Everyone wants peace - and we're scared because we know what happened in the past," he said. On Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled new, tougher sanctions against Russia, but not its leader Vladimir Putin. Instead, he branded Putin the aggressor of what is now being described as a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. "Both parties believe that Putin must be punished for what he is doing," she said. Obviously our banking sector is on high alert and I've been communicating with the folks in the banking sector, our Michigan credit unions, just to make sure they are redoubling their efforts to protect themselves. Another round of water mains collapses like clockwork Detroit is reported after some snow and ice fall Friday morning. The Detroit Department of Public Works is warning residents about low or no water pressure. A huge job fair in Detroit is taking place this weekend as part of an announcement of hundreds of new jobs in the city. Detroit has beaten dozens of other cities to become the next location for Majorel, a global company with many international businesses. The Shelby Township election clerk has requested that a state poll observer monitor the jurisdiction's special primary race on March 1, amid rumors of a possible conflict of interest. Dearborn Heights has hired a new police chief after Mark Meyers was fired from the position.

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Hovis' Friday Diary: And people think I'm the caregiver...

Dear diary, it's fair to say that this week was definitely summed up like this: “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes; the storm that surrounds me and that's where the trampoline goes..." presented by the 2022 version of Wet, Wet, Wet - Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. Now before... (Author: Gardener)

Friday DiaryIt's fair to say that this week was definitely summed up like this: “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes; the storm that surrounds me and that's where the trampoline goes..." presented by the 2022 version of Wet, Wet, Wet - Dudley, Eunice and Franklin. Before one of you intelligent mules (or smartass for those who aren't as sophisticated as me) points out that I don't have fingers or toes, since when does factual truth ever get in the way of a good story? The point is that it's been windier than Barbie's stable after he got a cheap basement dog and the rain has lashed harder than mom's tongue, which I can assure you is an achievement. As a result, over the past week we've spent many days in barracks for our own safety as Mother Nature threw a bunch of strops; She makes my mom look like an amateur and trust me, that's saying something. Things got so bad on Friday that Cool New Shoes Man decided to abort his mission due to safety concerns and remember this is a man provoking his mom on social media for fun. Granted, that means he usually displays all the self-care skills of a depressed lemming on suicide watch, but on Friday he decided unequivocally that Eunice, myself, and mom wasn't a trio he'd be happy to take on. As a result, I saw him on Saturday mornings instead, which meant we cuddled on weekends instead of weekdays. Granted, he keeps saying while I'm saying into it, but heh, it's just pronunciation, isn't it? Anyway, it's endearing how breathless and dizzy he gets in my presence - I can understand it, few people can handle being that close to a nation's horse idol, but I would have hoped he would eventually learn , deal with it . Mom always looks a little worried when he blushes and breathes like a ragged draft horse, but I can never tell if that's because reasonably competent farriers are hard to find or because she's realized that they can the only other supposed adult there is , so all word-of-mouth requirements fall to her. Anyway, when he's done and still standing (more or less) upright, they both look relieved and he's proved that unlike Sir Sweat-me-not he doesn't have such problems. On Tuesday the weather calmed down enough for us to walk outside without dodging flying objects (and by that I mean debris rather than mum arriving on her broomstick), so we headed out to stretch our legs. It's not because, as my mother suggests, I have an intellect rivaling only that of a garden gnome, but rather because I'm special—something Mom and I can agree on, but I detect a slight edge in the way she says it? As a result I needed a full bath when I returned, much to the delight of our lovely farm manager who thoroughly enjoyed her half hour wet and wild with me. And people think I'm the caregiver... Mind you, he'd been fun for us for hours over the weekend when Mini-Mama thwarted him in her attempts to drive through the storms. When we say spoiled we mean having covered it with little pink flowers and the like which made me giggle so much I snorted my Coligone supplement which then led to some very embarrassing questions being asked, what was in my nostrils... Anyway, I'm off to enjoy the relative calm before the inevitable next storm, stay healthy folks. Horse & Hound Magazine, published every Thursday, is packed with the latest news and reports as well as interviews, specials, nostalgia, vet and training advice. Find out how to enjoy the magazine, delivered to your doorstep each week, and options to upgrade your subscription to access our online service, which brings you breaking news and reports, as well as other benefits.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 on Friday, February 25 in Ottawa

Recent developments: Mask requirement remains in the province. Ontario is reviewing its policy requiring caregivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, says the minister in charge of the sector. Paul Calandra said the rule - which says workers must have received two and a third dose by mid-March - will be reviewed while the government reviews all of its sector-specific vaccination guidelines and other pandemic measures. (Author: Gardener)

Friday, February 25Ontario is reviewing its policy requiring caregivers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, says the minister in charge of the sector. Paul Calandra said the rule - which says workers must have received two and a third dose by mid-March - will be reviewed while the government reviews all of its sector-specific vaccination guidelines and other pandemic measures. Ontario will resume its phased reopening on March 1, but Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said mask requirements remain in place for now. Moore says guidelines and instructions for healthcare providers temporarily put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will also remain in effect for the time being. The tests cannot meet demand during the Omicron wave, meaning many people with COVID-19 will not be reflected in the caseload. Sixteen Ottawa residents are in local hospitals for treatment of active COVID-19, according to Ottawa Public Health (OPH) report Thursday. As of Monday, Ottawa had 65 hospitalized patients with COVID, including those hospitalized for other reasons who happened to contract COVID. Ottawa has had 62,224 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 887 known active cases - a number that could actually be much higher - and 754 residents have died from the disease. Outside of Ottawa, there are about 65 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the wider region. These figures do not include Hastings Prince Edward's public health. In eastern Ontario outside of Ottawa, 376 people have died with COVID-19. Provincial private gathering limits are 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors. All capacity restrictions in restaurants, bars, retail stores, cinemas and gyms have been lifted. The government intends to fully lift capacity restrictions on businesses and social gatherings on Tuesday. The provincial vaccination card is required for many public places for people over 12 years and 12 weeks by Tuesday. A vaccination order for staff and visitors in nursing homes remains in place. Restrictions on private gatherings at home are no longer restricted, although health officials recommend no more than 10 people or three households. Theaters and places of worship can reopen with capacity restrictions. Retail businesses no longer have capacity limits. Gyms, spas and other sports can resume. The next changes are scheduled for Monday, when major venues can accommodate more people and bars can reopen. For most people from the age of 13 there is a vaccination card in fewer and fewer public places. People can use an app or provide paper proof that they have at least two cans. People can be contagious without symptoms, even after vaccination. There is evidence that the dominant omicron variant is more contagious than other types but is generally less deadly for vaccinated individuals with no underlying disease. Although this wave has peaked, this level of spread is putting vulnerable people at risk and has made recruitment a challenge in many sectors. Health officials say people should recommit to the basics of getting all doses of vaccine as they are entitled to it and to stay home when sick. Masks, preferably medical ones, are mandatory in indoor public spaces in Ontario and Quebec for people 10 years and older. Ontario and Quebec allow some people to self-isolate for as little as five days in certain circumstances. Health Canada recommends older adults and people with underlying medical conditions get help with errands and have supplies in case they need to isolate. Mental health can also be affected by the pandemic and resources are available to help. Travelers older than 12 years and four months must be fully vaccinated to board an airplane, train or boat in Canada. Individuals must be fully vaccinated, pre-approved, asymptomatic and tested negative to enter Canada. Fully vaccinated Canadians can take an authorized rapid test instead starting Monday. S. requires all adults crossing a land, air or water border to be fully vaccinated. People flying there must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day before departure. Vaccines contain the spread of all variants of COVID-19 and go a long way in preventing deaths and hospitalizations without providing complete protection. Six COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and approved in Canada with some age restrictions. Both local provinces generally recommend giving doses at least eight weeks apart for children ages five to 11 to ensure the best possible protection. Guidance varies on when, rather than if, people should get a third dose after contracting COVID-19. More than 5.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the wider Ottawa-Gatineau region of about 2.3 million people. Eligible individuals may search for provincial appointments online or by calling 1-833-943-3900. Anyone 18 years and older in Ontario can book a third dose once 84 days have passed since the second dose. Third doses are available for anyone aged 12 to 17 once 168 days have passed since the second dose. After the same 84-day withdrawal period, fourth doses are offered to selected groups. Local health units have some flexibility, so check their websites for details. Many offer children's clinics and limited walk-in customers. Pharmacies and some general practitioners offer vaccinations via their own booking systems. All adults are entitled to a third dose; the general recommendation between the second and third is three months. COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a serious lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, cough, headache, vomiting, and loss of taste or smell. Health Canada has approved Pfizer's prescription drug Paxlovid for COVID-19. Ontario and Quebec are first using it in adults who are at risk of severe COVID-19 problems. Only at-risk individuals with symptoms or who are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 can receive a laboratory-tested PCR test due to Omicron demand. Qualified individuals may check with their health department for clinic locations and times. Other people with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 and isolate themselves. Only students and teachers showing symptoms at school have access to PCR testing. Rapid and take-home tests are available to the general public at participating stores and at some childcare facilities when the risk is high. Travelers who need a test have local options to pay for one. Quebec has also stopped giving PCR tests to the public. PCR testing will be reserved for high-risk facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, detention centers and homeless shelters. Rapid COVID-19 tests are available at all day care centers, preschools, and elementary schools in Quebec, as well as through pharmacies for the general population. First Nations, Inuit and Métis, or someone traveling to a remote Indigenous community for work, are eligible for a test in both Ontario and Quebec. Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for weekday services, including testing and vaccines, in Inuktitut or English. Akwesasne has information on COVID-19 testing and vaccines online or at 613-575-2341. There is help for people who need essentials during isolation. The neighboring Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe also offers tests. More than 1,850 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19 deaths have been reported between its northern and southern parts. People in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg can call the COVID hotline at 819-449-8085 for a test on Wednesdays if they qualify. Otherwise, rapid tests are available in the health center. People in Pikwàkanagàn can call 613-625-1175 for tests and vaccines. It offers rapid and PCR tests three mornings a week. The community had no confirmed COVID-19 cases as of December 2021; As of February 18, it had 100 confirmed cases. Anyone in Tyendinaga interested in testing can call their Community Health Team at 613-967-3603, text them at 613-686-5510, or email them. It had 91 confirmed cases and two deaths before it stopped sharing its count in early January 2022.

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Friday February 25, 2022

NY COVID no later than: Friday February 25, 2022 (Author: Gardener)

Friday February 25, 2022NEW YORK - Find the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State and New York City, including data on positive cases and other indicators, as well as information from local officials. The administration of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul officially expanded its authority to maintain the mask requirement on Tuesday, February 23. Most New Yorkers want more data before lifting school mask requirements, and they continue to support indoor shops requiring public masks indoors, according to a new survey from Siena College released Tuesday, Feb. 22 ended on Feb. 10 after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a cut in the state's COVID-19 metrics. Pfizer announced that the company would be deferring its filing with the Food and Drug Administration, which would pave the way for children under the age of 5 to potentially start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. New York ended its indoor mask-or-vaccine mandate on Thursday, February 10, but schools will continue to require students and staff to wear face coverings even as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has fallen, said Gov. Kathy Hochul. While U.S. COVID cases caused by the Omicron variant are finally waning. A rare complication from a COVID-19 vaccine became fatal for the Watts family of Lockwood, New York, according to the Bradford County assistant coroner. Their son, George Watts Jr., died aged just 24 after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. S. to approve extra-low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, potentially paving the way for the youngest Americans to start immunizations as early as March. To continue the fight against COVID-19, the city will begin offering free same-day home delivery of COVID pill antiviral treatments, Mayor Eric Adams announced Sunday, Jan. 30. The mayor said the goal is to ensure no one who has contracted COVID-19 has to move around the city to get the help they need to fight the virus. Two Long Island nurses have been accused of forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and pocketing more than $1.5 million from the program, prosecutors and police said Friday, Jan. 28. Next time parents want to take their kids to restaurants or other indoor venues in the city, they'll need to pack something extra: vaccination records. New York City just expanded its vaccination requirements for some of the city's youngest residents. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul extended the state's mask mandate through February 10, nine more days after it originally expired. Senior hospital officials in New York City say the staffing shortage caused by the Omicron variant is wreaking havoc on the healthcare system, including morgues. A moratorium on evictions ended in New York on Saturday, January 15, potentially putting thousands of residents at risk of losing their homes. Gov. Hochul said she was holding talks with the Legislature on how to tackle the housing crisis. Health officials on Friday, January 14, encouraged more Americans to wear the type of N95 or KN95 masks used by healthcare workers to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But they were previously in short supply, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had said they should be prioritized for healthcare workers. The first of the major White House initiatives to give everyone access to free at-home COVID testing goes into effect Saturday, January 15, but does not apply to everyone. People who contract COVID-19 could still be contagious for more than two months, new research warns. The Broadway League announced that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters have extended their mask and vaccine requirements through at least April 30. Children five years and older must also be fully vaccinated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reduced the time Moderna recipients must wait to receive a booster dose from six months to five months and adjusted the schedule to match Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine. The agency announced that it has changed its emergency use authorization for the Moderna vaccine to allow adults to receive a booster dose a month earlier than previously. Officials, including Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, cited the highly transmissible Omicron variant as the rationale for the update. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, meaning some who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. Those who are fully vaccinated and experience a breakthrough case are less likely to develop serious illness than those who are unvaccinated and get COVID-19. The number of children in New York hospitalized with COVID-19 rose more than 700% in December, according to data from the state Department of Health and Human Services released Jan. 7. Between Dec. 5 and Jan. 1, new children's hospital admissions for children 18 and younger increased from 70 to 571, according to the DOH report. In New York City, the increase increased from 22 to 385 children admitted. As of January 7, more than 11,500 New Yorkers were hospitalized across the state. A closer look at the hospital records, however, reveals that thousands are not there due to severe COVID-19 problems such as difficult breathing. In response to the Omicron wave of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new visiting rules for New York nursing homes on Jan. 7. To protect residents and staff of nursing homes, all visitors must use paper masks of the "surgical" type. In addition, visitors must have a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Jan. 7 that all New York health care workers must receive a booster shot in addition to being vaccinated against COVID-19. There will only be medical exceptions and there will be no testing option, the governor said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Jan. 3 updated its recommendation for when many people can get the Pfizer COVID booster shot, shortening the interval from six months to five months. The booster vaccination waiting periods for those who received the Johnson & Johnson (two months) or the Moderna vaccines (six months) have not changed. In addition, the CDC recommended that moderately or severely immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 receive an additional, third dose of Pfizer's vaccine 28 days after their second vaccination. The head of the New York City teachers' union sounded the alarm Jan. 3 over staffing issues due to sick leave being reported across the public school system as COVID-19 cases skyrocket. The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 2 was higher than at any other time during the 2020-2021 winter wave, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. According to the governor and state, 9,563 people were hospitalized with COVID as of Jan. 2, compared to the peak of 9,273 hospital admissions on Jan. 19, 2021. The Jan. 2 patient count was the highest daily record of COVID hospitalizations in the state since May 4, 2020. Students across New York City returned to public schools on January 3 after a winter break that saw record-breaking COVID-19 case numbers. In New York City, 2 million state-provided at-home COVID testing kits have been used to increase testing after the break. Students whose classmates have tested positive can continue to come to school as long as their home tests are negative and they have no symptoms. Adams' first assignment was to continue the state of emergency orders enacted by former Mayor Bill de Blasio. In the order, Adams cited "the highly transmissible Omicron variant" as one of his reasons for extending the orders. Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 cases, students in two Westchester County school districts started the new year with distance learning. Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled her Winter Surge 2.0 plan on December 31, 2021. The strategy included an increased push for vaccinations, a new booster shot requirement for CUNY and SUNY students, and an extension of the mask or vax mandate for public spaces through February 1. Mayor-elect Eric Adams outlined his winter plan to fight the coronavirus on December 30 - two days before she takes over the country's most populous city on January 1. The Adams government will maintain the current private sector vaccination mandate and officials said news of a student vaccination mandate would follow. Following promises of increased COVID-19 testing in schools and a new home testing program for students, the New York Teachers Union president on Dec. 28 expressed some skepticism about the city's ability to meet the requirements. Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by Mayor-elect Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul on Dec. 28 to announce New York City's plans to expand COVID testing in city schools. A new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all New York City private businesses and their employees went into effect December 27 as omicron cases continued to rise across the city. According to the MTA, trains ran less frequently than usual between Dec. 27 and 30 as staff shortages cemented the COVID surge. The New York State Department of Health on December 24 warned of a "striking rise" in new hospital admissions for children with COVID-19. In the week ended December 19, none of the children between the ages of 5 and 11 hospitalized with COVID were fully vaccinated. That same week, a quarter of eligible 12- to 17-year-olds were fully vaccinated, according to the DOH. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul defended her response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Dec. 24, insisting the state acted early and was doing everything it could to stop the Omicron variant from spreading rapidly. The state Health Department reported a record high of 44,431 new COVID-19 cases registered in 24 hours as officials continued to scramble to respond to a booming demand for testing. Many New York City residents spent at least part of their Christmas Eve waiting in long lines for free COVID-19 test kits, videos show. The COVID-19 test kits were distributed by the city as demand outstripped supply amid a wave of new viral infections during the peak season. Despite a spike in COVID cases across New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Dec. 24 that midnight Christmas mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral would welcome guests at full capacity. "We let our people know that we trust their judgment," the cardinal said on the PIX11 Morning News. The holiday season is usually the time of year that drives tourism in New York City, but omicron turned out to be spreading to some of the most popular locations. The city that never sleeps is set to ring in the new year a little quieter this year amid a surge in COVID cases. In addition to the 119 city test sites already open, the federal government has opened three federal sites in Queens. The city also distributed free at-home COVID testing kits at five locations in the five boroughs. Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced on December 22 that Dr. Dave Chokshi will continue to serve as city health commissioner until March 15, 2022. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised on Dec. 20 that within 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 testing sites operated by or in partnership with the city government would be significantly expanded. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who is fully vaccinated, received a test after developing mild symptoms and a low-grade fever. Her positive result came amid a surge in cases across the city. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has prompted another fear-ridden reckoning about whether in-person tuition is worth the risk. The Democrat mayor said Dec. 21 that New York can no longer close schools and businesses like the city did in 2020 when COVID-19 was first spreading widely. De Blasio faced questions over the past week about asking for closures as a wave of new cases fueled by the Omicron variant swept the city. New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams postponed his upcoming inauguration ceremony at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn on Dec. 21 as COVID cases surged across the city. As the Omicron variant is on the rise, President Joe Biden announced 500 million free rapid tests for Americans, increased support for hospitals burdened by the variant, and prioritized vaccinations and increased efforts. The public charter school network Success Academy in New York City issued a COVID immunization order for all middle school students on December 21. Founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz said the decision was made to protect the health of students amid an alarming spike in COVID cases in the city as the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreads. The High School Regents Examination Program has been canceled for January 2022 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, according to state education commissioner Betty A. It took the new Omicron variant just weeks to live up to dire predictions about its huge contagiousness, but scientists still don't know if it's causing more serious illnesses, even as the world faces exploding cases just before Christmas. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett tested positive for COVID during a surge in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Dec. 20. Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across New York City, seven public schools have been closed and another 45 are under investigation for possible closure, according to city data Dec. 20. executive director dr Ted Long joined the PIX11 Morning News on Dec. 20 to discuss how the city plans to reduce long lines at COVID testing sites, including opening at least eight new city-run locations. New Yorkers continued to face long lines and waits for COVID-19 tests just days before Christmas amid an alarming surge in cases across the five boroughs. The city has had to scramble to open more testing sites while balancing staffing needs at vaccination centers. Moderna said the latest data on its booster shot showed that a third dose of the COVID vaccine significantly increased antibody levels against the Omicron variant. According to the company, the approved booster dose increased Omicron-neutralizing antibodies approximately 37-fold compared to pre-boost levels. New Yorkers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are living with others can isolate themselves in hotels, Councilman Mark Levine reminded the city Dec. 17 amid a new wave of infections. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, two of the Brooklyn Nets' biggest stars, were unable to play after being placed under the NBA's COVID health and safety protocols, according to the team and multiple published reports. Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University said they found evidence that breakthrough infections create "superimmunity" to the virus that causes COVID-19. "You can't get a better immune response than this," said senior author Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the OHSU School of Medicine. Wondering if you have a cold or the highly transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus? Nets star Kyrie Irving, who has been unavailable since New York's vaccination requirements, will reportedly return to the team as a part-time player for out-of-state games. Though the calendar is about to change, December 17, 2021 had a distinct 2020 feel to it: NFL games were postponed due to COVID-19 infections. With the Omicron variant in New York City and the holiday looming, the seven-day average for COVID cases has tripled in the last month, Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi on December 16th. Cases are expected to increase in the coming days. Despite the rapid rise in cases, there was no significant change in hospitalizations or in COVID deaths, officials said. On Dec. 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined new guidance for workers and employers related to the city's COVID vaccine mandate for private sector workers. Click here to learn more about the vaccination mandate. The death toll from S. from COVID-19 surpassed 800,000 on December 14, a once unimaginable figure that is seen as doubly tragic given that more than 200,000 of those people died after the vaccine was released last spring became available. An "alarming rise" in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New York since Thanksgiving has sparked major concern among health and government officials, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Dec. 14. The average number of cases per 100,000 people in New York has risen 58% since Thanksgiving, Hochul said. The average number of hospital admissions per 100,000 people in New York has increased 70% since Thanksgiving, according to the governor. Beginning Dec. 14, children ages 5 to 11 were included in the city's "Key to NYC" immunization mandate for shops, restaurants, entertainment and gyms. Young children must provide proof of at least one vaccination against COVID in order to dine indoors or enjoy a family show. In addition, children over the age of 12 must provide full proof of vaccinations. The Supreme Court on Dec. 13 refused to stop a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers in New York that does not provide an exemption on religious grounds. A new mask requirement announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul applies to both customers and employees at businesses and went into effect on December 15. New Yorkers are not required to mask in indoor public spaces where proof of vaccination is required to enter. In New York City, that would be all of the restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues. But indoor facilities that don't have vaccination requirements require both staff and guests to mask themselves or face a maximum fine of $1,000. Nurses employed by Long Island-based Northwell Health have been dispatched to western New York to help at two hospitals struggling with a spike in COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Tuesday 12th of December. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced stricter COVID guidelines December 10, including a mask requirement for all indoor businesses and venues unless they already require proof of vaccination to enter. NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said Dec. 8 there were eight confirmed cases of omicron in the five counties, warning that community spread was likely. Pfizer said Dec. 8 that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine could protect against the new Omicron variant, though the first two doses appear to be significantly less effective. Four more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus were discovered in New York on December 6. That brought the number of cases in the state to 12. Of the previous eight cases, one occurred in Suffolk County and seven in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNB on Dec. 6 plans for a nation-first COVID vaccine mandate for private sector workers to fly instead of three days in advance, regardless of nationality or immunization status. In addition, the government has expanded its obligation to wear a mask on planes, trains, subways and other public transport hubs, including airports and bus terminals, during the winter. omicron's arrival in New York comes as hospitals across the state continued to suffer from a spike in coronavirus cases, mostly attributed to the Delta variant, along with staffing shortages. The state health department confirmed three new cases of the Omicron variant on December 4, bringing the total in New York City to seven. After New York City's COVID-19 immunization ordinance for prison employees went into effect on November 29, the immunization coverage for uniformed prison officers rose to 83% -- an increase of over 30% from October numbers. There is still so much unknown about the new COVID-19 variant and its resistance to vaccination. dr New York City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi spoke to the PIX11 Morning News about omicron and what New Yorkers can do to best protect themselves. Five cases of the Omicron-COVID variant were identified in New York on Dec. 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. Four of the cases were in New York City and one in Suffolk County. The second known case of the COVID-Omicron variant in the United States was identified as a Minnesota man who recently traveled to New York City for a convention at the Javits Center, the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Thursday, December 2. The first known case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in California, the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday, December 1. dr Anthony Fauci said the person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive on November 29. New York City's ailing prison system is facing the suspension of hundreds of correctional officers for failing to meet a deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The city's Corrections Department reported that 77% of its uniformed staff had received at least one dose of the vaccine by 5 p.m. Monday, November 29th. New Year's Eve revelers will still be welcomed to Times Square later this month despite the threat posed by the new Omicron-COVID variant, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday, December 1. Tuesday marked the deadline for the Department of law enforcement officers to be vaccinated. Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant of concern named by the World Health Organization, gets its name from a letter in the Greek alphabet. As health officials locally and beyond work to learn more about the new Omicron-COVID variant, New York's top doctor on November 29 advised all New Yorkers to dress up when going indoors in public. The United States travel ban on non-citizens from South Africa and seven other African nations began Monday, November 29, due to omicron, a new COVID-19 variant that is causing concern, White House officials said. New York nursing homes are required to provide booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all residents, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Sunday, Nov. 28. The governor's order comes as officials and health experts around the world monitor the spread of omicron, a new "flavor of concern." The announcement of a COVID-19 variant called Omicron by scientists in South Africa, where it was first discovered, has sent governments and financial markets around the world reeling. Click here to read more about what experts know about the new Variant of Concern. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an executive order aimed at increasing hospital capacity ahead of a possible spike in COVID-19 cases over the winter. She announced the new protocol on Friday, November 26, amid warnings about a new and highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus called Omicron, which has not yet been detected in New York. Hochul's order allows the state health department to limit non-essential surgeries when needed to ensure capacity as cases surge. Governor Kathy Hochul released a statement on Friday, November 26, in response to the World Health Organization's designation of a new COVID variant of concern. The governor said no cases of B.1.1.529, also known as the Omicron variant, have been identified in New York. “The Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratory will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 virus samples selected from across New York State to compare sequences and identify circulating and emerging variants. While we haven't identified any Omicron cases yet, we're not surprised that new variants are emerging and could likely end up in New York. We will continue to monitor WHO's actions and work with our partners at the CDC to keep a close eye on developments," the governor said. South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province It is unclear where the new variant actually emerged, but it was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and has also been found in travelers to Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel observed As we enter the holiday season, New York continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to state data released Saturday, November 21. Nearly 6,100 people a day are becoming positive for COVID-19 S. opened Friday 19 November COVID-19 booster vaccinations for all adults un d took the extra step of asking people 50 and older to seek one to stave off a winter surge as coronavirus cases surge, even before millions of Americans travel for the vacations. Pfizer said it would license the antiviral pill to the Geneva-based Medicines Patent Pool, which would allow generic drug makers to make the pill for use in 95 countries, which make up about 53% of the world's population. Time is running out if you plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID by the holidays. New York City is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases as the region experiences cooler weather, Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi on Monday November 15th. New York City has expanded its eligibility criteria for the COVID booster shot to include all adults The city's health commissioner announced Monday, November 15. "When we get together for the holidays over the winter we are careful who we meet with and this is a great opportunity to talk to family and chat with colleagues to make sure they try to communicate as best they can among." to fit the umbrella of vaccination," said Dr. Louis Morledge. According to health experts, the vaccine is the best way to stay ahead of COVID and the Delta variant. Ten of New York State's mass vaccination centers can give children ages 5 to 11 Jahren jetzt COVID-19-Impfstoffe verabreichen eröffnet eine bedeutende Ausweitung der landesweiten Impfkampagne für Kinder im Alter von 5 Jahren. Die Food and Drug Administration hat die Impfungen für Kinder im Alter von 5 bis 11 Jahren bereits genehmigt – Dosen, die nur ein Drittel der Dosis sind, die Teenagern und Erwachsenen verabreicht wird. Die Centers for Disease Control and Prevention empfehlen jedoch offiziell, wer von der FDA zugelassene Impfstoffe erhalten sollte. Gouverneurin Kathy Hochul stellte am 2. November 14 neue Pop-up-Impfstellen gegen COVID-19 vor, die darauf abzielen, die Impfrate bei Kindern im schulpflichtigen Alter in New York zu erhöhen um Mitternacht am 1. November. Als sich die Stadtarbeiter beeilten, die Frist einzuhalten, sagte Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio, dass bis Sonntag, den 31. Oktober, 91% die Impfung erhalten hätten. Insgesamt stiegen die Impfraten unter den von dem Mandat betroffenen Arbeitern um 14% über 10 Tage, so das Bürgermeisteramt. Tausende von städtischen Angestellten blieben am 30. Oktober, einen Tag nach Ablauf der Frist für das Impfmandat, ungeimpft. Der Bürgermeister sagte, 91 % der in der Stadt beschäftigten Arbeiter hätten die Impfung bekommen. Tausende von New Yorker Feuerwehrleuten, NYPD-Beamten und anderen Stadtarbeitern blieben mehrere Stunden nach Inkrafttreten des COVID-19-Impfauftrags der Stadt für alle Stadtangestellten ungeimpft, wie neue Daten zeigen, die am Samstag, dem 30. Oktober, veröffentlicht wurden. Personen, die COVID-19-Impfungen erhalten haben, können die Delta-Variante in ihrem Haushalt genauso leicht verbreiten wie ungeimpfte Personen, wie eine neue Studie zeigt, die am Freitag, dem 29. Oktober, veröffentlicht wurde. Da sich für Mitglieder des FDNY ein Impfmandat abzeichnet, warnten Beamte die Feuerwehren in der ganzen Stadt, sie könnten Mitarbeiter verlieren. Schätzungsweise 20 % der Feuerwehreinheiten könnten geschlossen werden, sagten Beamte, und die New Yorker könnten etwa 20 % weniger Krankenwagen auf der Straße sehen. Stadtangestellte in New York City nahmen am 25. Oktober Stellung gegen ein Impfmandat und marschierten aus Protest gegen die nur wenige Tage entfernte Frist über die Brooklyn Bridge zum Rathaus. Bundesgesundheitsbehörden sagten am späten Freitag, dem 22. Oktober, dass Dosen des COVID-19-Impfstoffs von Pfizer in Kindergröße bei der Vorbeugung symptomatischer Infektionen bei Grundschulkindern äußerst wirksam zu sein scheinen und keine unerwarteten Sicherheitsprobleme verursachten, wie die USA zeigten. Viele geimpfte Stadtarbeiter äußerten sich frustriert über einen neuen Anreiz von 500 $, um sich gegen COVID-19 impfen zu lassen. Sie argumentierten, dass sie das Richtige getan hätten, indem sie sich früher impfen ließen, und sie verstehen nicht, warum Leute, die gewartet haben, eine große Auszahlung erhalten. Der Bürgermeister von New York City, Bill de Blasio, kündigte am 20. Oktober ein neues COVID-Impfstoff-Mandat für alle Gemeindeangestellten, einschließlich Polizisten und Feuerwehrleute, an. Die frühere Impfpflicht der Stadt galt nur für Mitarbeiter des Bildungsministeriums und Mitarbeiter des Gesundheitswesens in NYC Health + Hospitals, aber das neue Mandat würde bedeuten, dass alle städtischen Mitarbeiter ihre erste Impfung bis zum 1. November erhalten müssten. Am 29. Februar erhalten die Angestellten der Stadt zusätzliche 500 US-Dollar auf ihrem Gehaltsscheck, wenn sie ihre erste Impfung an von der Stadt betriebenen Impfstellen erhalten, sagte der Bürgermeister. Ungeimpfte Mitarbeiter werden solange unbezahlt freigestellt, bis sie ihrem Vorgesetzten den Impfnachweis vorlegen. Möchten Sie wissen, wie viele COVID-Fälle von Ihrem Schulbezirk oder die Anzahl der Durchbruchsfälle in Ihrer Gegend gemeldet wurden? Ein neues Online-Portal, das einen erweiterten öffentlichen Zugang zu den Gesundheits- und Sicherheitsdaten von New York zu COVID-19 bietet, wurde am Dienstag, dem 19. Oktober, von Gouverneurin Kathy Hochul vorgestellt. Milliarden von COVID-Hilfsdollars kommen nach New York, um an lokale Regierungen verteilt zu werden. Schulbezirke, kleine Unternehmen, Mieter und Vermieter. Fast zwei Drittel der New Yorker waren am Samstag, den 16. Oktober, vollständig gegen COVID-19 geimpft. Etwa 12,7 Millionen der 20 Millionen Einwohner New Yorks waren laut von den USA veröffentlichten Daten vollständig geimpft 19-Pandemie warnen Experten vor einer möglichen „Zwillingsdemie“. Wenn sich Grippefälle in diesem Jahr wild ausbreiten, während das Coronavirus immer noch eine Bedrohung darstellt, könnten medizinische Experten sagen, dass das Land gleichzeitig zwei Pandemien haben könnte. Gesundheitsexperten und Gemeindevorsteher versammelten sich am Samstag, dem 16. Oktober, in Harlem, um die Menschen zu ermutigen, sich gegen Grippe impfen und gegen COVID-19 impfen zu lassen. Das Center for Disease Control and Prevention veröffentlichte am Freitag, den 15. Oktober, aktualisierte COVID-19-Sicherheitsleitlinien für die Ferienzeit, einschließlich der Impfung, des Tragens einer Maske in Innenräumen, wenn Sie nicht geimpft sind, und der Vermeidung überfüllter und schlecht belüfteter Räume. Ein Gremium der FDA empfahl am Freitag, den 15. Oktober, einstimmig einen Auffrischimpfstoff von Johnson and Johnson. Die Bedingungen der Billigung sehen im Wesentlichen vor, dass der COVID-19-Impfstoff von J&J eine Zwei-Dosen-Impfung und nicht die Ein-Dosen-Impfung sein soll, für die er vorgesehen ist bekannt, seit es im vergangenen Frühjahr erstmals eine Notfallgenehmigung erhielt. Die New York City Public School Athletic League hat einige der strengsten Regeln des Landes. Ein Gremium medizinischer Experten der Food and Drug Administration befürwortete am Donnerstag, den 14. Oktober, eine COVID-Impfstoffauffrischung von Moderna. Menschen, die bis Thanksgiving, Chanukka oder Weihnachten vollständig gegen COVID-19 geimpft werden möchten, haben keine Zeit mehr. S. require two doses spread weeks apart and a waiting period once the shots have been administered. After a steep decline during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City rents began climbing again in recent months, returning close to pre-pandemic levels. Beginning Oct. 16, pop-up mobile COVID-19 vaccine sites will be stationed near several movie theaters in New York City so people can get vaccinated before going to see a movie. "We have found these mobile sites, these pop-up sites are some of the most successful things we've done in the vaccination effort," the mayor said. New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for teachers and staff cleared another legal hurdle on Tuesday, Oct. 12 after a judge declined to grant a temporary injunction while the requirement is challenged in court - again. A federal judge ruled on Oct. 12 that New York must continue to allow health care workers to seek exemption from a statewide vaccine mandate on religious grounds as a lawsuit challenging the requirement proceeds. Home health aides who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccination were barred from working with patients in New York under a new state mandate that went into effect on Friday, Oct. 8. Nearly half a million people in the Long Island county are eligible to receive checks for $375 from the Homeowner Assistance Program after County Executive Laura Curran signed the relief bill into law Thursday, Oct. 7. Curran joined the PIX11 Morning News on Friday, Oct. 8, to explain the program, who is eligible and how residents can make sure they get their check. UNICEF released a critical report on Friday, Oct. 8, which found that children and young people could feel the impact of the pandemic on their mental health for many years to come. The Pfizer vaccine for kids could be on the market in about a month after the drug maker filed for FDA authorization Thursday, Oct. 7, for their shot for kids ages 5 to 11. However, many parents still have questions about the children's COVID vaccine. dr Sallie Permar, the head of pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, joined the PIX11 Morning News on Friday, Oct. 8, to share more information and answer some of the biggest questions. New York City's vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees, including public school teachers and staff, took effect Oct. 4, 2021. As enforcement began, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union's priority is safety in the classroom. As the Department of Education prepares to enforce its vaccine mandate for teachers and staff on Monday, Oct. 4, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said the requirement will add another layer of protection for students. However, when asked whether the city would issue such a mandate for students who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the health commissioner wasn't ready to commit. The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for SUNY students went into effect on Sep. 27. Aladdin on Broadway performances will be canceled for several more days following additional COVID-19 cases detected within the company. The company released a statement Friday, Oct. 1, stating that additional breakthrough cases were detected. The United States reached its latest heartbreaking pandemic milestone Friday, Oct. 1, eclipsing 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 just as the surge from the delta variant is starting to slow down and give overwhelmed hospitals some relief. Following the resignation of longtime New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced her pick for the state's new top doctor. Bassett will now serve as the state's health commissioner. Her appointment will go into effect Dec. 1, the governor's office said. Bassett has "more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice," a press release from Hochul's office read. 28, was the first day that health care workers across New York were required to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs. A wide variety of hospitals and other health care facilities had to release workers who refused to get vaccinated from their payrolls. The nation's largest school district can immediately impose a vaccine mandate on its teachers and other workers, after all, a federal appeals panel decided Monday, Sept. New York's vaccine requirement for all hospital workers and nursing home employees went into effect Monday, Sept. 27, with enforcement set to begin just after midnight Tuesday, Sept. 28 - and Gov. Kathy Hochul said she's ready for a possible staffing shortage. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Face the Nation that kids can trick-or-treat safely this year, adding, "If you're able to be outdoors, absolutely." New York City has launched an initiative aimed at supporting the mental health needs of workers in the nightlife community, whose shoulders much of the city's economic revival rests upon. 24, temporarily blocked New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Department of Education staff, just days before the requirement was set to go into effect. The temporary injunction is separate from a state Supreme Court judge's ruling on Wednesday, Sept. 22, that allowed the city to move forward with the mandate. The state Supreme Court's decision was related to a similar lawsuit filed by a coalition of unions representing public school workers. New York officials said they were prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members and retirees to address potential staffing shortages caused by an approaching COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sept. The panel had voted against saying that people ages 18 to 64 can get a booster if they are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus. A proposed bill would force the city's Department of Education to offer remote learning when the CDC designates an area with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission. The FDA authorized booster doses for Americans who are 65 and older, younger people with underlying health conditions and those in jobs that put them at high-risk for COVID-19. The ruling represents a drastically scaled back version of the Biden administration's sweeping plan to give third doses to nearly all American adults to shore up their protection amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. In a stunning defeat for unions representing municipal workers, a judge ruled on Wednesday, Sept. 22, that New York City can proceed with an order requiring teachers to get at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, Sept. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced new #VaxToSchool pop-up and mobile vaccination sites targeting New York communities with low vaccination rates among children ages 12 to 17. Hochul said there will be over 120 sites and vans all across the state. 21, said new data shows a second dose - or a booster shot - of their one-shot COVID vaccine was found to be 94% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 when given two months after the initial dose. Pfizer's announcement on Monday, Sept. 20, that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11 has some Brooklyn parents celebrating, while others weren't so sure. S. 20 in Fort Greene, parents appeared to be equally divided over the latest development in COVID-19 vaccines for children. 27, the city will conduct weekly COVID testing at all public schools - elementary, middle and high schools, the mayor said. The city is also relaxing the quarantine policy for children who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. Pfizer said Monday, Sept. 20, its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U. S. authorization for this age group soon - a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. In the first week of the academic year, more than 800 students and staff in New York City's public school system tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the closure of hundreds of classrooms, according to Department of Education data. A growing COVID-19 outbreak closed an East Harlem school less than a week after the academic year began, according to the Department of Education. A new lawsuit filed Friday, Sept. 17, challenges New York's requirement that all students, staff and faculty must wear masks while in school buildings due to the ongoing pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, advocates for parental choice and claims the state's regulation "is arbitrary and capricious given the absence of any emergency justifying the use of emergency adoption procedures." A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared how effective each of the three COVID-19 vaccines are in preventing hospitalization from the virus. Recent COVID-19 variants are much more adept at airborne transmission than the original version of the coronavirus, according to a new study. University of Maryland researchers analyzed the Alpha variant first identified in the United Kingdom and discovered that carriers breathe out 43 to 100 times more infectious viral aerosols than those infected with the original strain. An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. More than 200 students and staff in New York City's public schools tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two days of the academic year, forcing the closure of dozens of classrooms, according to Department of Education data. After waiting nearly one year to be paid back, FEMA has finally agreed to reimburse the city's public hospital system for $1 billion in expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. New York Supreme Court Judge Laurence Love on Tuesday, Sept. 14, issued a restraining order against New York City's vaccine mandate for public school teachers and staff, temporarily blocking the city from enforcing it. Additionally, a federal judge temporarily blocked the state's mandate forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of health care workers sued, saying their constitutional rights were violated. The judge gave the state until Sept. 13 for about 1 million New York City public school students in the nation's largest experiment of in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike some school districts across the country that are still offering online instruction to families that prefer it, New York City officials provided no remote option despite the persistence of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19. Nearly all of New York City's 300,000 employees will be required to be back in their workplaces, in person, Monday, Sept. Most will either need to be vaccinated, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing to remain in their jobs. Enforcement of the city's Key to NYC vaccine requirement for all workers and patrons of New York businesses began Monday, Sept. Mayor Bill de Blasio said civilian inspectors from 13 city agencies will help enforce the law, which requires proof of vaccination at restaurants, clubs and bars, fitness centers, gyms, pools, movie theaters, concert venues, museums and aquariums, sports arenas and more. See a full list of places in NYC under the vaccine mandate. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, Sept. 9, announced the city is expanding its vaccine mandate beyond just teachers and school staff. All staff at city contracted child care and after-school programs will also need to be vaccinated, the mayor said. 8 was the first day of school for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. There are some new rules in place compared to last year. Vaccines will be encouraged but not mandatory, which differs from the New York City public school system. Masks will be mandatory, and children will be put into "pods" or groups to limit the exposure and spread of potential COVID-19. New York City public schools reopen on Sept. 13, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the health and safety of students and staff. Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi testified at a City Council oversight hearing on the back-to-school health and safety protocols. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the state legislature into a special session; she said she wanted to extend the state's eviction moratorium and add protections for tenants and landlords. A new study confirms that vaccinations and even prior COVID-19 infection provide significantly less protection against newer variants. Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University say in order to protect against the Alpha, Beta, and now Delta variants, these findings stress the importance of doubling down on both vaccinations and public health measures during the pandemic. The rancorous debate over whether returning students should wear masks in the classroom has moved from school boards to courtrooms. In at least 14 states, lawsuits have been filed either for or against masks in schools. In some cases, normally rule-enforcing school administrators are finding themselves fighting state leaders in the name of keeping kids safe. The Supreme Court's conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the United States, blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York's statewide rent moratorium remains in effect only through the end of August. The mayor and the schools chancellor outlined several protocols that will be implemented by the start of school, including mask requirements for everyone no matter their vaccination status, three-feet social distancing where possible and health screenings. The nation's top infectious disease expert believes the pandemic's end is near as long as the U. Dr. Anthony Fauci said he sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's only open if the country's 80 million to 90 million unvaccinated people are convinced to get the shot. It's the same exact mRNA vaccine Pfizer has been producing through the emergency use authorization, but now it's being marketed under a new name. The five boroughs are seeing COVID case rates decline after weeks of increases. It's in sharp contrast to the nation's COVID indicators, and city medical leaders have mainly attributed the decreases to increased vaccinations as well as precautions, including masking and social distancing. Timothy Cardinal Dolan spoke with PIX11 News about clergy getting involved in the push for COVID-19 vaccinations. Doctors say they're seeing a new COVID-19 symptom in some patients. According to experts, an earache has been reported more frequently by those testing positive for COVID. SOMOS Community Care, the largest minority-led health network in New York, partnered with the city, state, and Marvel Avengers for a pop-up vaccination site at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue to encourage vaccinations among the 12+ age group. A large group of employees of the City of New York gathered outside City Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Less than 1% of fully vaccinated New Yorkers have contracted COVID, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, Aug. 25, as the city's vaccination efforts continue. New York's new governor acknowledged that the state has had nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than former Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the public. Gov. Kathy Hochul's office said on Wednesday, Aug. 25 that almost 55,400 people had of the coronavirus in New York based on death certificate data submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from about 43,400 that Cuomo reported to the public as of his last day in office. Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday, Aug. 25, announced new data the company said supports the use of its COVID vaccine as a booster shot for people previously vaccinated with their single-shot vaccine. J&J said the new data showed that a booster shot of their vaccine generated a "rapid and robust increase in spike-binding antibodies, nine-fold higher than 28 days after the primary single-dose vaccination." Health officials around New York said they're optimistic the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine will sway more hesitant people to get protected against COVID-19. Remote learning remains off the table for immunocompromised students in New York City, but they will be given the option of having a licensed instructor teach them at home, the Department of Education told PIX11 on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Safely reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for New York's newly sworn-in Gov. Kathy Hochul. The governor on Tuesday, Aug. 24, outlined several ways she plans to ensure children safely return to the classroom in September, including plans for a mask mandate and vaccine requirement. In her first address as the state's chief executive, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul skewered the COVID relief process from Washington down, saying she's "not at all satisfied" with the pace in which funds have been distributed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with just hours left in office, called for all employers in New York to require vaccinations for eligible employees. His announcement on Aug. 23 came as the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer. All NYC public school teachers and staff (about 148,000 school employees - and contractors who work in schools) will be required to get vaccinated and have to get at least a first dose by Sept. The Biden administration said Wednesday, Aug. 18, that COVID booster shots will soon be available, but how will the Sept. Less than half of uniformed and civilian personnel in the NYPD are vaccinated, according to new data, a sign of vaccine hesitancy within the department. At least two new COVID-19 variants have hit the United States and they could be worse than the delta variant in their infectiousness and ability to stand up to vaccines, according to a top medical authority. New York State and New York City officials say about 75% of adults have received at least one vaccine shot. But, according to immunologist Dr. Purvi Parikh of NYU Langone Heath, the arrival of the delta variant means the 70% vaccination rare won't bring about the end of COVID any time soon. health officials recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and evidence that the vaccines' effectiveness is falling. Although delta remains the most prevalent variant, the lambda strain of COVID-19 is starting to emerge and there's little known about it. According to the World Health Organization, lambda was first discovered in Peru last year. New York City's vaccine mandate for restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues began on Aug. 17, but a business owner in Brooklyn says she won't turn away unvaccinated customers. New York City's vaccine mandate, called the Key to NYC Pass, went into effect on Aug. 17. While not actually a vaccine passport as the name might imply, the plan is the first of its kind in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The plan requires vaccinations for all workers and customers at indoor dining, indoor fitness and indoor entertainment venues. Details about the implementation and enforcement of the city's new vaccination requirement at restaurants, gyms, and theaters are still being worked out. The second installment of expanded child tax credits was issued Friday, Aug. 13, to millions of eligible families, but some payments will likely be delayed due to a technical glitch, the U. The Senate's top Democrat says federal law enforcement officials need to crack down on fake COVID-19 vaccination cards being sold online. The COVID-19 death toll has started soaring again as the delta variant tears through the nation's unvaccinated population and fills up hospitals with patients, many of whom are younger than during earlier phases of the pandemic. Concerts and outdoor events are returning, and many are requiring proof of vaccination as part of new safety protocols designed to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. But as new COVID infections soar, he's testing a tougher approach. It has been eight months since the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered to health care workers nationwide. The FDA has approved an extra, third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for transplant recipients and others with severely weakened immune systems. All students, staff and faculty at Brooklyn and Queens Catholic academies and Parish Schools will be required to wear masks beginning on the first day of class. S. military would be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Sept. Don't worry if you've lost your COVID-19 vaccine card, there are several ways you can get it replaced. Aug. 9 was the last day NYC public school students can get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose in order to be fully vaccinated by first day of school on Sept. The head of the American Federation of Teachers union said on Aug. 8 that she supports a vaccine mandate for educators. "As a matter of personal conscience, I think that we need to be working with our employers - not opposing them on vaccine mandates," AFT President Randi Weingarten said during an appearance on "Meet the Press" on Aug. 8. Is there a way to tell if you have the highly transmissible delta variant? COVID-19 breakthrough cases are rising, and now people want to know which vaccine offers the best protection from the coronavirus. Survivors of COVID-19, family members of victims, health care workers and others marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Aug. 7. The event was held in honor of the more than 616,000 lives lost to the virus in the United States and to bring more awareness to the issues a growing number of COVID survivors are dealing with. Hospitals around the United States, especially in the South, are starting to fill back up again as the delta variant tears though the country. Now, it's younger people – even children – starting to show up in hospital beds. The United States is now averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 infections a day, returning to a milestone last seen during the winter surge in yet another bleak reminder of how quickly the delta variant has spread through the country. The United States reached a vaccination milestone on Aug. 6: 50% of the population, all ages, were fully vaccinated, the White House COVID-19 data director confirmed. Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated, especially as the extra-contagious delta variant surges - and a new study shows survivors who ignored that advice were more than twice as likely to get reinfected. Federal and local officials are pushing congressional legislation that would require air travelers to show proof of vaccination to board a plane. Meanwhile, those opposed to New York City's proof of vaccine requirement for indoor restaurants and venues filed their first lawsuit. New York Attorney General Letitia James released a consumer alert on Aug. 6 regarding fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. There have been many reports of these cards in the state, which can lead to a list of dangers, according to they attorney general. The White House COVID-19 response team said the delta variant continues to surge across the country. "The ultimate end game of all this is vaccination," he said. Moderna said its COVID vaccine has 93% efficacy six months after the second shot, according to a report released on Aug. 5. It's unclear, but researchers are studying the chances of long-term symptoms developing in anyone who might get infected after vaccination. A New York City nurse who fought COVID, contracted the virus herself and then went right back to battling the pandemic now has a Barbie doll designed to look like her. The latest surge in COVID-19 infections is fueled by the highly contagious delta variant first identified in India late last year. The New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) became a casualty of the fast-spreading delta variant. Show organizers said on Aug. 4, 2021 that they decided to cancel it this year. PIX11 News' Henry Rosoff spent an eye-opening few hours with vaccination outreach workers to learn more about the unvaccinated population. dr Anthony Fauci warned on Aug. 1, 2021, that more "pain and suffering" was on the horizon as COVID-19 cases climbed again and officials pleaded with unvaccinated Americans to get their shots. The number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in New York in late July rose at a faster and steadier pace than it did in fall 2020, before anyone was vaccinated. A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late July emphasized the delta variant is more dangerous and fast-spreading than first thought. Ahead of Broadway's reopening in September, the owners and operators of all 41 theaters said attendees would need to mask up and show proof of vaccination to enter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new information on July 30, 2021, saying the delta variant can spread as easily as chickenpox. A 16-year-old high schooler in the Bronx said she was vaccinated at school in part to convince her doubtful parents and family that the vaccine is safe. The effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine wanes slightly over time but it remains strongly protective for at least six months after the second dose, according to company data released on July 28, 2021. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on July 28, 2021 that all state employees would be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Labor Day or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, he said all patient-facing health care workers at state hospitals would be required to get the vaccine without an option of weekly testing. Facing backlash over delayed pandemic rental assistance payments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a more streamlined online application process for tenants and landlords on July 26, 2021. The United States was in an "unnecessary predicament" of soaring COVID-19 cases, fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation's top infectious diseases expert said on July 25, 2021. Roughly $2 billion in federal rental assistance remained in the hands of New York State on July 25, 2021, as thousands of tenants continued to struggle to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some New York City officials called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to retighten COVID-19 restrictions as the delta variant spurred an uptick in cases in the five boroughs over the summer. De Blasio, however, said he would hold off on reinstating an indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the city remained relatively low. Health experts studying the delta variant found the strain had slightly different symptoms than other COVID variants. It was created to simplify the administration of health insurance and to prevent unauthorized access to peoples' medical histories. In fact, HIPAA doesn't block anyone from asking another person about their health status, according to Alan Meisel, law professor and bioethics expert at the University of Pittsburgh. The Justice Department in July decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response. The New York City public hospital system said in July it was still waiting on a big reimbursement from FEMA for expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on July 21, 2021, that health care workers in city-run hospitals and health clinics would have to either get vaccinated or get tested weekly. The COVID-19 safety requirement went into effect on Aug. 2. The delta variant became the dominant strain of COVID-19 in New York City in mid-July. City Council Health Committee Chairman Mark Levine said the delta variant made up 69% of new cases - up from 44% the week before. The parents of an estimated 60 million American children began receiving child tax credit payments from the IRS in mid-July in a move expected to lift millions of families above the poverty baseline for the remainder of 2021. President Joe Biden was forced to confront the worrying reality of rising cases and deaths - and the limitations of his ability to combat the persistent vaccine hesitance responsible for a summer backslide. Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in July, spawned by the delta variant, Los Angeles County announced it would reinstitute its indoor mask mandate. However, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would hold off on making a similar announcement unless there was a jump in COVID hospitalizations. New York City students still have to wear masks in schools during the 2021-2022 academic year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in July. Payments for the highly anticipated expanded child tax credits were sent to families across the United States for the first time in mid-July. The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged on July 15, 2021, that it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak. A study released in July 2021 suggested that exposure to wildfire smoke is linked to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. The federal government's count of those who died of COVID-19 in New York has thousands more victims than the tally publicized by the administration of then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which stuck with a far more conservative approach to counting virus-related deaths. The delta variant fueled new COVID-19 cases in New York City beginning in July, and health officials urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated if they hadn't already done so. NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi told the PIX11 Morning News that he was very concerned about the number of hospitalizations the delta variant could cause. The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million on July 7, 2021, as the crisis increasingly became a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. America's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said in July that about 99.2% of COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people. New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and some relatives received COVID-19 testing from the state at her private Long Island residence in the summer of 2020 after a member of the family tested positive, a state court official said in July. The workforce shortage is a combination of several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a shift in the economy, and changes in the workforce demographics, experts say. As of Thursday, there have been at least 4,895,063 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 2020. There have been 54,596 fatalities, according to data from the state. The New York State COVID-19 hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also posted on the NYS Health

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Piers Morgan puts boot in Arteta's face over 'unnecessary' Arsenal decision

Arsenal moved within just one point into the top four with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Wolves, but that didn't stop Piers Morgan from attacking Gunners boss Mikel Arteta (Author: Gardener)

MorganArsenal moved within just a point of the top four with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Wolves but that didn't stop Piers Morgan to question Gunners boss Mikel Arteta Arteta on Arsenal's top four ambitions after the win Still following Arsenal's win over Wolves on Thursday night, Piers Morgan took to Twitter to direct some digs at Mikel Arteta. The Gunners came from behind to snatch all three points from Bruno Lage's side, putting them in fifth place and a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United with two games in hand. Morgan has been vocal about his admiration for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the striker's move to Barcelona hasn't changed that. Morgan tweeted: "We loved our resilience coming from behind to win but our main striker hasn't scored since Boxing Day while Aubameyang smashed them in for fun at Barca. Arsenal boss Arteta was animated on the touchline in the win against Wolves. Alexandre Lacazette was the 'main striker' referred to by the journalist and the Frenchman was at the heart of Arsenal's win over Wolves. The striker's cross was turned into the net by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa in the 95th minute to send the Emirates Stadium into a frenzy and complete a superb comeback from Arteta's side. Hee-Chan Hwang opened the scoring for the visitors in the 10th minute when he latched on to a poor back pass from Gabriel and flicked the ball into the net from a tight angle. Nicolas Pepe then equalized for the Gunners in the 82nd minute when he had time to turn and fire home in the box before Sa turned Lacazette's attempt home. Aubameyang was also on the scoresheet that night, scoring Barcelona's fourth goal in a 4-2 win over Napoli in the Europa League round of 32. Morgan Quote tweeted a video of the goal with the caption: "Another brilliant goal from a class forward. Aubameyang was allowed to join the La Liga side in January after a disciplinary breach that saw him stripped of the club's captaincy, with Arteta pushing for the Gabon international to be allowed to leave north London. Arteta said of the win over Wolves: “It was an important win for us. Arsenal's chances of winning Champions League football looked slim after the first few weeks of the season, they lost their first three games and the side looked disjointed and uncertain. But Arteta worked hard to change the fate of his side, he explained: "It was an important win for us. Arsenal face relegation battle Watford next weekend, although they hope Roy Hodgson's men can put on a strong performance this weekend when they face United.

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Premier League result, full time standings and reaction tonight

Arsenal vs Wolves LIVE: Premier League result, final standings and reaction tonight - Relive all the action as the top four rivals met at the Emirates Stadium (Author: Gardener)

tonightArsenal made a dramatic late comeback on Thursday, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1. Nicolas Pepe and Alexander Lacazette scored the goals to bolster their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League. Wolves, who started the evening a place behind Arsenal, were looking to move up to fifth as they defended doggedly to defend Hwang Hee-Chan's early lead. But the home team's often desperate pressure was finally rewarded in the 82nd minute as Pepe turned well in the box and fired a shot past Wolves keeper Jose Sa. In a frantic final, Pedro Neto shot agonizingly wide for Wolves and Martin Odegaard narrowly went for Arsenal before Lacazette fired wildly from close range in the fifth minute of added time. The win moved Arsenal to fifth place on 45 points, one behind Manchester United but with two games fewer. Relive all the action at Emirates Stadium below. 10.06pm, Michael Jones A happy night for Arsenal, a crushing defeat for Wolves and a late comeback completed and sealed not by the fabulous four but by attacking options five, six and seven. Against a team that seems to be playing on the fringes Similar to Wolverhampton Wanderers, don't offer them any snooping. And that was almost the fatal mistake of Arsenal and Gabriel. Instead, Mikel Arteta's side turned the game around, scoring twice late against the Premier League's second-strongest defense and finally breaking through the wall of gold that had stood in their way. 22:03 , Michael Jones Arsenal's match-winner, Alexandre Lacazette, was not awarded the winning goal – which went down in history as Jose Sa's own goal – but he is delighted to have influenced Arsenal's victory. After the game he said: I'm really happy, it's incredible to win a game like this at the last minute. We really wanted this win because we know it's important to be at the top of the table. "I knew the game was over and Nicolas Pepe gave me a good ball. A bit sad that it didn't work out for me, I want to score but the most important thing is to win. "We had a difficult January but we better come back in February." 9:59pm, Michael Jones Arsenal's Kieran Tierney spoke to Amazon Prime Video after the game and shared his thoughts on the Gunners' remarkable win. 21:50 , Michael Jones Nicolas Pepe equalized for Arsenal before Alexandre Lacazette grabbed it for Arsenal in added time. 21:48 , Michael Jones Wolves have been unbeaten in their last 45 Premier League games in which they have scored, while winning 39 of those games (U6). 21:45 , Michael Jones Arsenal sit fifth in the Premier League with two games in hand, just a point behind Manchester United. They came from behind to beat wolves in the Emirates. Introducing Nicolas Pepe was a great call from Mikel Arteta and he was rewarded tonight. 21:43, Michael Jones 90+6 min.: That's the final whistle! Alexandre Lacazette might not have gotten the last goal, but he certainly deserved it. He was the best player on the pitch for Arsenal tonight. 21:39, Michael Jones 90+5 minutes: DRAMA! Arsenal go wild as Alexandre Lacazette finds the back of the net! Nicolas Pepe waves wide to the right side of the box before handing it to Odegaard. Pepe sweeps in behind him and recovers the ball before shoving it inside for Lacazette. He comes from the right and flicks the ball past the goalkeeper. It goes far but Jose Sa sticks his hand out and deflects it into his own net! 21:38, Michael Jones 90+3 minutes: Kieran Tierney comes down with cramps and Nuno Tavares replaces him for Arsenal. Three minutes into stoppage time and neither team has the ball anywhere near the opponent's last third. 21:35, Michael Jones 90 mins: There's a real mess as Wolves try to win over Leander Dendoncker. Then there is six minutes of overtime. 21:32, Michael Jones 89 mins: Saka crosses the ball into the Wolves box but Saiss gets the header and knocks it out to Xhaka. He rolls the ball to Odegaard, who hits a left footed shot and curls it up over the bar! Rayan Ait-Nouri blows down the left wing and puts a touch of space in his run to fly past Ben White. He brings the ball to the left edge of the box and passes it back to Pedro Neto. He has his first shot on goal but shoots just inches wide of the far post! 21:28 , Michael Jones 85 min: Five minutes plus stoppage time at the Emirates Stadium, do we see a winning goal? Alexandre Lacazette urges the crowd to make some noise and get his teammates one last push. Wolves may win a corner, but Arsenal handle it easily enough. 21:25 , Michael Jones 82 min: Glorious finish! Arsenal bring the ball down the right side and shoot it over the top into the Wolves box. Eddie Nketiah keeps it alive on the touchline and slices the ball back to Nicolas Pepe. With a touch he turns away from Romain Saiss and in the same move slams a left foot shot past Jose Sa on the spin. 21:23 , Michael Jones 78 min: Nicolas Pepe receives the ball after a throw-in from Martin Ödegaard and tries to dribble into the penalty area. Wolves counterattack through Ruben Neves but they don't capitalize on that, opting to hold on to the ball to run down the clock instead. 21:20, Michael Jones 75 mins: Pedro Neto gets another run when he comes on as a substitute for Hee Chan Hwang for the final 15 minutes. 21:17, Michael Jones 72 minutes: Nicolas Pepe comes on for Arsenal and replaces Gabriel Martinelli. Bukayo Saka pushes the ball to Alexandre Lacazette in the center of the box and his shot is missed by Jose Sa. Arsenal are getting closer but Wolves have defended determinedly so far. 21:14, Michael Jones 69 minutes: It doesn't click for Arsenal. Wolves slow down the game, interrupt the game. Saka swings the ball down the right wing and passes it to Cedric Soares on the edge of the box. He plays it back to Saka, who passes the ball to Partey. 21:10, Michael Jones 66 mins: A quick Arsenal counter-attack puts Lacazette the ball to the edge of the box and wins a free-kick after being clipped by Jonny. 21:06 , Michael Jones 63 min: After a long check on the pitch, Nelson Semedo is taken off the pitch by the physios and Jonny replaces him for Wolves. Joao Moutinho swings a corner kick into the box for Wolves but fails to hit Kieran Tierney, who nods the ball from inside the box. 21:02, Michael Jones 60 mins: Nelson Semedo is shoved lower and lower into his own half before pulling himself up and clutching his hamstring. However, Arsenal keep playing and Martinelli sends the ball in for Lacazette in the penalty area. He rolls it onto his right foot and rolls a shot away from the top right corner. 21:00, Michael Jones 57 min: Almost! Thomas Partey punches the ball over the top while Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka sprint past the High Wolves line. The ball falls closest to Saka, but it's just too far out of reach for him to control and he only manages to knock it wide of the goal. 20:59 , Michael Jones 54 mins: Nelson Semedo gets the ball deep in his own half and is immediately pressed by Martin Odegaard who tries too hard to regain the ball and misses a free kick. Previously, Conor Coady had won the ball from Ben White and looks set to charge into the box only for White to hit the deck and convince the referee to give Arsenal a free-kick. 20:54, Michael Jones 51 mins: Thomas Partey is fouled in the middle of the pitch by Joao Moutinho and Arsenal win a free kick. Granit Xhaka plays the ball on the left wing to Gabriel Martinelli. He throws a pass to Bukayo Saka, who takes the shot and sees his attempt blocked in the center of the box. There is a scramble to get hold of the loose ball, but it's the Wolves who manage to eliminate the danger. Daniel Podence slices through the Arsenal defense and slides the ball into the right side of the box for Hee Chan Hwang. He flicks a shot back over the goal but Aaron Ramsdale gets a fingertip on the ball and smashes just wide of the back post! 20:50, Michael Jones kicks off: Arsenal restart the game and hit the ball long to the right where Romain Saiss wins it in the air. The Gunners got on the second ball and passed to Gabriel Martinelli. He threads it wide to Kieran Tierney, who leads the ball into the box and shoves it back to Martinelli. Martinelli checks once on the left and shoots a shot wide of the near post. 20:46 , Michael Jones It looks like Wolves will move above Arsenal in the table and be just three points behind Manchester United with one game in fourth place. News | The Independent | Today's headlines and breaking news | The Independent 20:40 , Michael Jones Hee Chan Hwang's goal is the only thing separating the teams at the break. It's his first goal for Wolves in four months. Will it be a winning goal at the end of the game? 20:35, Michael Jones 45+2 mins: Wolves go into the break with a one-goal advantage, but Arsenal will feel like they're in the right game. It was a mistake by Gabriel that led to Hee Chan Hwang's opener and Wolves haven't created much since then. Alexandre Lacazette has been a nuisance for Wolves centre-backs but the Gunners haven't really tested Jose Sa yet. 20:31, Michael Jones 45 min: Almost. Ruben Neves shoves Gabriel off the ball deep in Arsenal's half and wins the ball. Raul Jimenez is the only Wolves player in the penalty area but he heads in for the ball but knocks it wide of the back post. Two minutes of stoppage time. Odegaard lifts the ball into the penalty area for Martinelli's run from the left. He gets to the bouncing ball and tries to flick it over the keeper but has no leeway and slams it into Jose Sa's hands. Arsenal have been knocking on the door for most of this half. 20:27, Michael Jones 40 minutes: Arsenal wins a corner and Bukayo Saka hits Martin Odegaard briefly. Odegaard hands it back to him and Saka slithers into the box. He tries to put it past Nelson Semedo, but the defender makes it to a well-timed tackle and clears Wolves' lines. Lacazette has been a part of almost every Arsenal attack to date and once again puts the ball into the box from the left. This time he cuts it out of the box again and sets Thomas Partey up. Gabriel Martinelli gets the ball from Conor Coady and connects well with Alexandre Lacazette to break into the box. Lacazette brings it in from the left before knocking it back to Martinelli. His only option is a first shot and he toes one on goal but sends it high and wide of the back post! Wolves give away the ball when their own last third and Arsenal pass it to Lacazette. He saves a tackle from Ruben Neves and then hits a low left footed shot from outside the box. He finds the target but fails to hit the keeper, who drops low to smother the ball. 20:15 , Michael Jones 28 min: Arsenal's press has been effective so far. In the last 10 minutes or so, Wolves were unable to play it out of their own half, but the Gunners were unable to capitalize on it... 20:14 , Michael Jones 25 mins: Ben White flicks the ball up to Saka, but Saiss wins the ball in the air. Arsenal wins the second ball and it comes to Lacazette on the edge of the box. He's quickly taken out, but not before the ball returns to Partey, who threads it into the box for Saka. However, Saka stops his run at the last moment and the ball rolls safely to Jose Sat. 20:08 , Michael Jones 22 mins: Arsenal have been upping the tempo since falling behind. Saka has found space to approach on the right and now Gabriel Martinelli gets serve for his runs on the opposite side. Granit Xhaka tries to shove him into the box but rolls over the pass and Jose Sa gets the first. Arsenal, however, come back to Saka with a pass over the top. Played on the side by Max Kilman, he carries the ball into the box. Conor Coady comes over and jumps in front of the ball just as Saka shoots and manages to deflect it to the corner. 20:04 , Michael Jones 19 mins: Saka runs well down the right again and manages to square the ball to Martin Odegaard. The midfielder rolls the ball onto his right foot and creates half a meter of shooting space in the penalty area. He drills a low on goal but Romain Saiss jumps in front of it and makes a decent block for Wolves. 20:02, Michael Jones 16 minutes: Close! 20:02, Michael Jones 16 minutes: Close! 20:02, Michael Jones 16 minutes: Close! Ben White steps into midfield and threads the ball to Bukayo Saka. He slides it into the box and Alexandre Lacazette checks it on the right. Conor Coady stretches out a leg and manages to kick the ball a little further, making it difficult to shoot from angles. 19:59, Michael Jones 13 min: Chance! 19:59, Michael Jones 13 min: Chance! 19:59, Michael Jones 13 min: Chance! 19:59, Michael Jones 13 min: Chance! 19:59, Michael Jones 13 min: Chance! The ball is played to the inside right to Daniel Podence, who threads a pass past Gabriel to play Raul Jimenez into the box. He has time for a touch before shooting, but he pulls his shot wide of the left post. 19:56, Michael Jones 10 min: Wolves take the lead! The free kick is booted far across the pitch and comes down the left wing. Raul Jimenez chases after him and puts pressure on Gabriel, who gets to the loose ball first. The Arsenal centre-back misses a passback to Aaron Ramsdale and Hee Chan Hwang sprints into the box and takes it from the keeper. 19:55 , Michael Jones 9 mins: There was a nervous wait of around a minute for Arsenal while VAR checked for offside. Odegaard lunges for the ball but takes the man and Wolves win a free kick. 19:52 , Michael Jones 6 mins: Annulled goal! The corner kick is cleared at the near post by Kieran Tierney but his header is knocked out to Ruben Neves. Neves flicks the ball back to the center of the box and takes out Romain Saiss. He hits the ball on impact and throws it past Aaron Ramsdale to score, but the offside flag goes up against him. 19:50, Michael Jones 3 mins: Replay of this incident shows Semedo lightly touching the ball as he tripped Martinelli. Arsenal started as a better team but Wolves come into play. The ball is chipped over the top and comes to Daniel Podence, who runs after it. He lays it down to Nelson Semedo in the overlap and wins a corner for the visitors. 19:48, Michael Jones Kick-off: Wolves open the game at the Emirates Stadium. They pass the ball to Rayan Ait-Nouri on the left but he gets in trouble. Arsenal press well and win the ball, Alexandre Lacazette puts it in the box and shoves a pass to Bukayo Saka. Saka puts the ball down for Gabriel Martinelli but he's tackled from behind by Nelson Semedo and misses the shot. Wolves falter in race for European football 19:42 , Michael Jones Wolves boss Bruno Lage won't allow himself to dream of Champions League football just yet - knowing every manager only gets a few bad results from it to be fired. Lage puts his side within striking distance of the top four on Thursday night after a run of six wins from eight league games for Arsenal. if they can record another win at the Emirates Stadium. Wolves falter in race for European football 19:39 , Michael Jones Bruno Lage's side have not conceded more than one goal in their last 13 league games and have kept seven clean sheets. 19:37 , Michael Jones Bukayo Saka has scored five goals in his last six Premier League games for Arsenal. Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli reveals Manchester United turned down the chance to sign him 19:34 , Michael Jones Gabriel Martinelli has revealed that Manchester United turned down the chance to sign the Arsenal striker as a teenager. Martinelli joined the London club from Ituano in 2019 but had made tries at Barcelona and Manchester United as a youngster before eventually moving to Europe. In an interview with The Athletic, Martinelli revealed the extent of his contact with Manchester United, explaining he had four separate chances at the club's Carrington training ground. Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli reveals Manchester United have turned down the chance to sign him at 19:32. Michael Jones Alexandre Lacazette has provided an assist in five of Arsenal's last seven Premier League games. 7:28pm, Michael Jones Wolves has already reached last season's 12 league wins. They earned 15 points in 2022, just Liverpool's 16 ahead of this campaign's midweek games, one short of their 2020-21 total. (Arsenal FC via Getty Images) Arsenal vs Wolves: Bruno Lage always knew fearless fighter Raul Jimenez would be back at the top 19:22 Michael Jones Wolves boss Bruno Lage never had any doubts that 'fighter' Raul Jimenez would not have the character required to return to peak form after sustaining a life-threatening injury from a fractured skull. Jimenez will return to Emirates Stadium on Thursday night for the first time since the horrific incident that took place during a dogfight with former Arsenal defender David Luiz in November 2020. The Mexican striker spent about eight months in recovery, which ended in one documentary filmed by Wolves was taped, and he revealed doctors had told him it was a "miracle" he was able to play again. Bruno Lage always knew fearless fighter Raul Jimenez would be back at the front line Arsenal vs Wolves: Neto on his return 19:19, Michael Jones Pedro Neto returned to the Wolves team when he came on as a substitute against Leicester City after 10 months was absent due to injury. Speaking about the "incredible" reception he got from Wolves fans, Neto said: "It was incredible. 10 months after some difficult times I'm finally back. "The best scenario was at home and an even better scenario would have been a goal, but I'm very happy to be back and hearing the stadium sing my name was amazing. “I felt very good. My mentality has always been there, I will never change. "I'll learn a lot but with my mentality, when I come on the pitch I need to come out with full confidence to do what I normally do." 19:16 , Michael Jones Wolves smashes his club record of five straight away wins place in the top division. They equaled their club record of seven away wins in the Premier League in a season set in 2019/20. Their only defeat in eight league games came against Arsenal two weeks ago. 19:12 , Michael Jones In his press conference yesterday, Mikel Arteta spoke about what he expects from Wolves since the teams last met and how his players know the importance of getting a positive result tonight. They've had a really good run over the last few years, they have a really clear style of play and they're a really competitive side. They [the players] know what each game means to us, we know where we are and this race goes to the end. There are a lot of clubs involved, you see very different results which you don't expect and we're playing at home. The importance of getting the points when we play at home will be crucial to reach the goal. 19:09 Michael Jones Arsenal have already equaled last season with a total of eight home wins in the league. Their tally of 13 Premier League wins from September has been surpassed only by Manchester City and Liverpool. Arsenal vs Wolves: Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu eliminated 19:06 , Michael Jones When the team news broke, the two surprising omissions for Arsenal were Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu. The club have confirmed Smith Rowe is out due to illness (not Covid) and Tomiyasu has calf problems. 2022 19:03 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta admits he's tempted to field a four-pronged forward line made up of his fine young offensive powers. The Arsenal boss has plenty to think about in terms of team selection with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scoring goals at the weekend Brentford win. With Arteta looking to push a return to Champions League football, having such a precocious quartet at his disposal could prove crucial. 19:00 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta spoke about 21-year-old Emile Smith Rowe's impressive form and how he hopes the youngster will continue to improve at Arsenal. It's in his nature, he needs to feel that trust and that trust in the coaching staff that we are the right people to guide him and take him to the next level. He needs to feel love, he needs to have the right environment around him, his family, girlfriend or whatever next to him, and when that happens he has a good chance." 18:57, Michael Jones Arsenal are without a win in four home games of the Premier League against Wolves – including three draws – since a 2-0 win 11 years ago Wolves have won three of their seven Premier League encounters, drawn two and lost two, since returning to the top flight in 2018 -Away games against Arsenal for only the second time since 1979. The Gunners have scored in 28 straight games against Wolves in all competitions 18:54 , Michael Jones Bruno Lage says he's confident his side can continue to progress but knows he will they have a lot of challenges ahead of them this season." When asked about his confidence in the dressing room, he said, "I've felt that confidence since day one, I have one good thing 's environment here, around the staff and players, so the confidence comes from the work and the solid things we do. Training is so important to me, with small things every day you can become stronger as a team. The challenge every time we play against teams, it's a big challenge every time. “We played against Tottenham and it was a challenge, top players, against Leicester it was a tough game, a different system and dynamic and now Arsenal like we did two weeks ago, they are doing very well. "A back four, centre-backs, wingers wide, lots of people inside the lines, the striker coming in to form a diamond with the midfielders, that's the thing, good training and games and solving problems from one game to the next. After that, it's easier for us to create scenarios to prepare for the next game. When you play these teams here, each team has great players, threats, and systems. It's a big challenge for my career, my staff and my players.” 18:48 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta makes just one change to the Arsenal side who faced Brentford last time out. Gabriel Martinelli returns from suspension as Emile Smith Rowe leaves the squad. Bruno Lage is also making a change to his Wolves squad. 18:46 , Michael Jones – Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 24, 2022Our lineup against @Arsenal. #ARSWOL – Wolves (@Wolves) February 24, 2022 Arsenal vs Wolves Prediction: How will the Premier League game go tonight? 6:41pm Michael Jones Wolves will be hoping to overtake Arsenal in the Premier League on Thursday when the pair go head-to-head in a game. Bruno Lage's side have been impressive this season but the manager says the club need the results to translate into tangible successes. "We did something special in December, January and February," he said. We have 40 points but we want to bring success to this club.” But how likely is it that they beat Arsenal? Arsenal vs Wolves prediction: How will the Premier League game play tonight? Arsenal vs Wolves: Based on what he learned from Arsenal's previous 18-37 defeat, Michael Jones Wolves travel to Emirates Stadium tonight to play Arsenal, but the second leg came at Molineux just two weeks ago, where the Gunners departed victorious after a 1-0 win. Wolves manager Bruno Lage spoke about the game and what he learned from the defeat. He said: I'm talking about the moves they've made and they're doing very well, especially the diamond of three midfielders and the forward, and the spaces they can provide when they come to press and we can do that space have to play our game. I think it was a good game and I think we played better against Arsenal than against Leicester but lost that game. "We have to come out with the same ambition and personality to play our game against a strong team. They're having a good season, they've played well and scored goals in the last few games, so we have to understand that too. At the moment it's Arsenal, we played them two weeks ago, it's an important game for us but also Arsenal, maybe the pressure is on Arsenal's side, not on us. “Here I put the pressure on and my pressure is very high . I want to go there and think about how we want to play and try to win the game the way we've done the last three or four months - with personality and character." Arsenal vs Wolves: Mikel Arteta in the running for Top 4 18:32 , Michael Jones In a pre-game press conference earlier in the week, Mikel Arteta was asked how he would fare in the race for Champions League places this season as his Arsenal side, currently fourth-placed, attempt Chase team, Manchester United. Train well today, prepare well today, be mentally ready tomorrow, physically ready, tactically ready to play a really tough game and show it on the pitch. They know what each game means to us, we know where we stand and this race goes to the end. "There's a lot of clubs involved, you see very different results that you don't expect and we're playing at home [against Wolves on Thursday night], the importance of getting the points when we play at home will be crucial to get there ." Arsenal and Wolves are poised to steal the spotlight if the Champions League becomes a reward and a reality. So these pages wrote a month ago as Wolverhampton Wanderers prepared for a series of games in which they Could finish mid-table or qualify for a European spot Since: 2-1 win, 2-0 win, 2-1 win – plus a 1-0 reversal into the mix Low-scoring encounters, fitting on the subject of their season but far more consistent than most top eight sides have managed in the same run Arsenal and Wolves poised to steal the spotlight in the Champions League race 18:24 Michael Jones The present day The game between Arsenal and Wolves is a clash in the race for a place in the Champions League. Arsenal (6th) are four points adrift of fourth place and have three games in their hands at West Ham (5th) and Manchester United (4th). Wolves (7th) sit just behind the Gunners and are two points behind them. If the visitors triumph in the Emirates tonight, they will overtake Arsenal and still have a game in hand against the two teams directly above them. 18:19 , Michael Jones Arsenal have lost just once in eight Premier League games and that loss came on January 1st against Manchester City. Since the turn of the year, the Gunners have been eliminated by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, but they are unbeaten in three league games and have won their last two games, including a 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux a fortnight ago. Wolves have won six of their last eight league games, dropping points in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea and a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal two weeks ago. Norwich City knocked them out of the FA Cup in the fourth round but Bruno Lage's men are storming towards a European spot and sit a place behind today's opponents in the table. 18:15, Michael Jones Gabriel Martinelli is available for Arsenal again after missing the game against Brentford with a red card in the first leg against Wolves two weeks ago Substitute against Brentford. Will Boly and Yerson Mosquera are both back in full training for Wolves and could play a role if fit enough. 14:26 , Tom Kershaw Welcome to The Independent's live coverage as Arsenal host Wolves in the Premier League tonight. It is the second time these two sides have met in two weeks after Arsenal shook concerns about their lack of firepower with a grueling 1-0 win at Molineux. Gabriel Magalhaes had given Arsenal an early promotion before Gabriel Martinelli was controversially sent off in the second half. Despite spending the remainder of the game under near-constant siege, the Gunners held all three points and put themselves in a prime position to secure a place in the top four, with Tottenham and Leicester ensuring Bruno Lage's side are a long way off not eliminated from the European race.

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