New York City is expected to rise to ‘high’ coronavirus alert levels in the coming days, urged indoor masks
New York City is expected to rise to ‘high’ coronavirus alert levels in the coming days, urged indoor masks

New York City is expected to rise to ‘high’ coronavirus alert levels in the coming days, urged indoor masks

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York City is expected to enter the high COVID-19 level of preparedness in the coming days, and health authorities strongly recommend wearing masks in public indoor environments.

The city is currently at the middle alert level, but that is expected to change as the number of cases increases.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a statement Monday encouraging all residents to wear high quality masks – such as KN95 and KF94 masks and N95 respirators – when indoors and in public environments, including grocery stores, building lobbies, offices, shops and other common or common areas where individuals can interact, such as restrooms, hallways, elevators, and meeting rooms.

The counseling is of particular importance to people who are at high risk of serious illness and death, namely those who are over 65 years of age or who are unvaccinated.

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The Department of Health advises people at high risk of serious illness due to an underlying medical condition, elderly adults and people who have not been vaccinated, including children under the age of five who are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, to avoid crowded environments and unnecessary gatherings, especially indoors.

In addition, the counseling notes that the impact of COVID-19 transmission is higher in environments with a high number of unvaccinated people.

Despite the steady increase in COVID-19 infections across the state, New York City Mayor Eric Adams insisted Monday that the city is not yet ready to reinstate its indoor mask mandate.

“We are not at that time yet,” he said. “We are not going to do anything but encourage New Yorkers while you are indoors in great social settings. We are not going to panic. We will continue to be prepared.”

The infection rate across the city has been steadily rising for more than two months, and this week New York City reported its highest average number of new infections since the end of January.

Adams stressed that even with increases, the city is a different place than it was at the beginning of the pandemic, with key tools now available to people to help dull the impact of the virus.

“We now have antiviral drugs, we did not have that before,” he said. “We have more tools, so we do not have to fight the war we had before. This is a new war. And we’re going to use all the tools to do that.”

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At the state level, New York Governor Kathy Hochul reported Monday that she continues to work with federal and state officials to ensure the state is prepared for any increase that may arise in the coming months.

“Today, I spoke with White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha about the state of the pandemic and the administration’s preparation plans to ensure that states have the resources, supplies and distribution networks needed to deal with potential increases across the country this year. summer and fall, “Hochul said in a press release.

Adams recently took steps to strengthen the city’s COVID-19 preparedness and prepare New Yorkers for future waves, announcing the distribution of an additional 16.5 million home COVID-19 tests and 1 million high-quality masks during the next month to 1,600 public schools and more than 1,000 community organizations, libraries, cultural institutions, houses of worship and elected offices participating in the city’s At-Home Test Distribution Program.

The distribution effort joins other initiatives to mitigate the worst consequences of the current wave, including the distribution of 35,000 COVID-19 treatment courses to date.

The city has also distributed 20 million home tests to schools and participating community organizations to date, meaning that this additional wave of tests will bring the total distributed home tests to over 36 million. In addition, eligible New Yorkers are encouraged to take advantage of free home delivery of COVID-19 treatments.

“It’s never been easier for New Yorkers to get a free home test, a high-quality mask, or access COVID-19 treatments in New York City,” Adams said. “Home tests and masks provide reliable and convenient ways for New Yorkers to safely and securely protect themselves and others and allow them to enjoy our city. I urge all New Yorkers to go out and pick up a free home test as soon as possible. they can, in order to remain prepared, to mask themselves in an indoor public environment and to take advantage of the life-saving treatments we now have readily available to combat this virus, these combined tools are not just a blessing that we did not have access to in the past. to, but will also allow us to fight this disease in the future instead of in the past. “

Through community partnerships, Test & Trace has distributed 2.3 million tests and currently has a stock of tens of thousands of tests that can be quickly deployed if needed.

Home test distribution through Test & Trace’s network of 192 prominent cultural sites and library departments brings critical self-test resources to areas of need in familiar locations in all five boroughs. Test & Trace makes weekly deliveries of home tests to participating cultural sites and libraries, where they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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In addition, over 850 community- and faith-based organizations – including 243 houses of worship – have signed up to regularly distribute home tests. Any New York City-based community organization that would like to participate as a home test distribution partner is encouraged to sign up online.

New Yorkers can find a test site for home distribution that is best for them and their opening hours by visiting the city COVID-19 test page. New Yorkers with a disability who need assistance or have questions regarding test kits at home should call 311. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use American Sign Language can call via videophone at 646-396-5830.

New Yorkers who test positive using a home test can call 212-COVID19 to be connected with resources like free delivery of meals and care packages. Care packages include personal protective equipment (PPE) for a quarantine household of three, two rapid antigen home tests, and other necessities to help New Yorkers isolate themselves safely.

Several COVID-19 treatments are available to people 12 years of age and older, and they can be delivered free of charge to New Yorkers’ homes. For more information on COVID-19 treatments, please call 212-COVID19 and press 9 or visit nyc.gov/health/covidtreatments.

Calling 212-COVID19 gives New Yorkers an instant connection to a clinician who can refer them to monoclonal antibody therapy or prescribe antiviral medication, such as Paxlovid, and arrange for it to be delivered to their home the same day for free.

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