By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Hello everyone and welcome back to the NYC Daily Roundup. There is so much happening in New York City on a daily basis, but here we try to summarize some of the content for your benefit. It's the one-stop shop for all things NYC, with the latest news for you to read.
On a day that's fairly sunny and giving a glimpse of good outdoor weather before the cold settles in, it's the perfect time to find a cozy bench and enjoy some time outdoors. Reading outdoors is also a fun way to pass time, and here are the latest stories for you this Thursday:
While Wendy Williams remains out from her eponymous daytime television show, actress Leah Remini will be guest hosting for the time being. Williams is unable to fill her role due to ongoing health complications. Remini is set to host beginning next Tuesday through Friday.
“Wendy’s shoes are hard to fill, so we needed to find the right fit,” executive producer David Perler said in a statement obtained by Page Six on Thursday. “Leah will bring a lot of fun and energy to our viewers with a few surprises along the way.”
The City Department of Health released a new report that showed an increase in STIs from 2019 to 2020. Transmission rates for syphilis — in its first two stages — increased 9% for men and 24% for women during that time span. Women also saw an increase in gonorrhea from 5%. Officials took the time to call on locals to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
“We know that sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission has continued throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, however many New Yorkers did not seek routine testing last year,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said in a statement, calling New Yorkers to get tested and utilize the city's sexual health services.
After the Brooklyn Nets decided Kyrie Irving would not be a part of the team until he is vaccinated against COVID-19, the former All-Star took to social media to speak on his choice to remain unvaccinated.
"I am doing what's best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I'm judged and demonized for that, that's just what it is," Irving said. "That's the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate."
"Once again, I'm going to repeat this. This is not about the Nets, this is not about the organization, it's not about the NBA, it's not politics," Irving said. "It's not any one thing.
"It's just about the freedom of what I want to do."