The New York City public school system, the largest in the U.S., is likely to close its doors and return to full virtual learning despite a low rate of coronavirus transmission. In the first week of its testing regimen, in late October, there were only 28 positives out of 16,348 staff members and students tested. (The New York Times)

States are starting to prepare for the biggest vaccination effort in the history of the country. The project is expected to encompass hundreds of millions of doses and could start as early as next month. (Associated Press)

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the U.S. government will partner with national chains and independent pharmacies in order to increase access to an eventual COVID vaccine. Walgreens, CVS Health, Walmart and Costco are among the organizations who have agreed to participate in the effort. (Reuters)

In a rare interview, CDC coronavirus response chief medical officer Jim Brooks stressed the need to wear masks, both for self-protection and to protect others. The agency published the new guidance in order to provide “a concise summary of the powerful scientific evidence demonstrating the benefit of masking,” Brooks said. (The Washington Post

According to a University of Oxford analysis of nearly 70 million U.S. electronic health records, nearly 20% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within three months. The most frequent diagnoses include depression, anxiety and insomnia. (NPR)