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NYC Daily Roundup 12/20: COVID-19 testing centers face long lines, private schools under vaccine mandate & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Monday, fellow New Yorkers! Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to keep up with the latest happenings from across the five boroughs. Today is Monday, Dec. 20, and Christmas is just a few days away!

After a great weekend with sunny, and uniquely warm weather for the week before Christmas, we're back to frigid temperatures this Monday. The high will set at 37°F and will remain in the mid-30s throughout the night.

As for the news, here's what you need to know to start the week:

1.) COVID-19 continues to surge throughout city before Christmas weekend

COVID-19 testing centers across the five boroughs continue to face long lines as more try to get tested before the holiday weekend. Omicron continues to spread around the area, with the city setting new records for daily cases, with 22,478 new cases reported Sunday. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke on her approach to fight the surge of cases.

"I don't plan to mail 20 million kits to people. What I'm going to do is do micro-targeting to find out the areas that have the least number of people vaccinated and higher rates, that's what we're tracking. So, they're also available in stores and one thing I announced recently is that your insurance company now has to cover the cost of you buying that testing kit," Hochul said.

2.) Non-public schools under vaccine mandate as private-sector prepares for next week

As the fight against the omicron variant continues, the city's private and religious schools are now requiring at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees. Schools have until Dec. 28 to report their records to the city, according to ABC 7 NY.

"The mandates we put in place are absolutely necessary. They will be enforced. We're going to double down on those because they are necessary to fight omicron and to make sure this is a brief period of time and one that does not leave too many scars on the people of this city," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "The vaccination mandates are more important than ever given from what we're seeing, given what we're seeing from omicron on the ground."

3.) New York Giants suffer home loss to Dallas Cowboys

The New York Giants lost their third game in a row after losing 21-6 to the Dallas Cowboys. Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was sidelined at the end of the game with a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the season.

“Self-inflicted wounds,” said quarterback Mike Glennon, who started the game due to Daniel Jones' injury battles. He finished 13 of 24 for 99 yards and three interceptions before being replaced by Jake Fromm. “There were a couple of times we did move the ball well and then just ended up with field goals, and then a couple of kind of dumb decisions on my end forcing the ball that were not good decisions.”

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