Hochul relaxes COVID quarantine rules for ‘critical workforce,’ even as New York breaks infection record
Kathy Hochul updates residents on the COVID-19 spread in the state, particularly on the omicron variant, during a press briefing Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, in New York City. - Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor/TNS

NEW YORK — Front-line employees in New York can return to work just five days after testing positive for COVID-19 as long as they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic under new guidance announced Friday by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The guidance, which was unveiled as New York set another record for the daily number of coronavirus infections, applies to members of the state’s “critical workforce,” like nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks, hospitality employees and public transit workers, Hochul said. “You know who you are. You know you’re the ones that got us through the first many months of anxiet...