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NYC Daily Roundup 01/13: Military to help with COVID-19 surge at local hospitals, Knicks defeat Mavericks & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Thursday, fellow New Yorkers! This is another edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to catch all things out of the Big Apple.

Today is Thursday, Jan. 13, and here are the top news stories for today:

1.) Omicron surge leads President Joe Biden to send federal medical teams to NYC

President Joe Biden will announce the deployments of six federal medical teams to multiple states including New York on Thursday. The New York team will be headed to Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, according to NBC 4 New York.

A White House official said the medical teams will help with triage and reducing the workloads on emergency rooms, among other ways to help.

As of Wednesday, more than 18,000 people were in the hospital with COVID in New York and New Jersey, per NBC 4.

2.) New York Knicks win again at MSG behind RJ Barrett's 32 points

The New York Knicks defeated the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 108-85 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Knicks guard RJ Barrett dropped 32 points in the win and became the youngest player in the team's history to have consecutive 30-point games.

"I thought RJ, monster game. Mitch, monster game," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That may have been the best game of the year for our starters. Really played hard and played well."

"I think we're going to find success if we continue to do the little things and just continue to work and be consistent throughout the rest of the season," Barrett said. "As long as we do that, we'll put ourselves in a good position."

The Knicks return to action on Saturday when they face the Atlanta Hawks on the road.

3.) Mayor Eric Adams open to amending consent requirements for in-school COVID-19 testing

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering a change to the way parents consent their children be tested for COVID-19 in schools, according to ABC 7 NY.

As it stands, parents are required to give permission for their children to be tested. The change would ask the parents to opt out instead, which could increase the testing pool.

"The mayor's office is thoroughly reviewing this proposal for any relevant issues - legal and otherwise - and their potential impact on our students and families," a statement from the mayor's office read.

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