NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Mayor de Blasio announced COVID-19 antibody testing for front line workers.
More than 150,000 tests will be given to health care workers and first responders starting next week. The goal is test all health care workers and first responders within a month.
“[It] will give you a clear indication of whether you have been infected by the coronavirus previously,” de Blasio said. “It gives you some real confidence because anyone who has been infected and came through obviously had the ability to beat this disease.”
Hospitalizations in the city were up yesterday, while the other indicators were more promising.
de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a collaboration with Department of Defense to help front line workers cope with stress. The city is providing additional emotional and mental health support who those fighting COVID-19.
Behavior health and staff support leaders at local hospitals will receive formal training from military subject matter experts.
At the other end of the coronavirus spectrum, starting next week couples can apply for a marriage license online.