NEW YORK (AP) — Alarmed by a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, New York City officials will distribute one million masks and 500,000 home tests. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday the distributions are part of a broader plan to counter the virus’ spread. It also includes making testing more easily available through more sites and extended hours. While only a few cases of the omicron variant have been confirmed so far in the city, federal health officials are estimating that it already accounts for around 13% of virus cases in the region that includes New York and New Jersey. De Blasio said it’s clear that omicron is “in full force” and spreading.
Photo: Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability. City Hall. Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office