By Bob Tannenhauser
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan announced today that the city “has transitioned to a high COVID alert level. Now is the time to double down on protecting ourselves and each other,” he said.
He posted the following:
The NYC Health Commissioner now advises all New Yorkers to wear a mask in any public indoor setting. People who are older than 65 or otherwise at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should also wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings and avoid gatherings when possible.
“‘We are not at the point of mandating masks,’ Mayor Adams said on Monday, adding that city hospitals were not overwhelmed and that there were new tools, like antivirals, to deal with the virus. ‘We are not at the point of doing anything other than urging New Yorkers, while you are indoors in large settings, social settings, wear your masks,'” The New York Times reported.
The Health Department also advises you to:
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines are available for everyone ages 5 and older. Booster doses are available for everyone 12 and older. Visit the NYC COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Finder or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a vaccination site.
Get tested. Testing is especially important if you have COVID-19 symptoms or were recently in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. You should also get tested before and after traveling or getting together with others.
Stay home if sick or recently exposed. Follow all isolation and quarantine guidance, including wearing a face mask. COVID-19 is highly contagious. You can spread COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.
Wash your hands. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer.
The Health Department is following CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels and will adjust our guidance based on their criteria.
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