NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is starting to open new coronavirus testing sites for hard-hit communities, and residents throughout the state are facing new rules on covering their faces. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that five new walk-in testing sites will be open by Monday, with a focus on residents ages 65 and older in areas with high numbers of cases of the COVID-19 virus. Separately, five other new testing sites will be available to health care workers, among some other groups. Meanwhile, new rules requiring New Yorkers to cover their faces in public are going into effect Friday.
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More than 11,000 people have died in the city from the novel coronavirus, and more than 120,000 people have confirmed cases. The health care system has struggled to handle the wave of COVID-19 cases.