The Big Apple is expected to switch to a “medium-risk” COVID-19 alert level within the next week due to an increase in cases, the city’s health commissioner said.
“In the next few days, probably early next week, we’re entering a new level of risk, and we’re going from a low-risk environment to a medium-risk environment based on cases,” says Dr. Ashwin Vasan told NY1 on Friday.
The city is currently at a “low” risk of community-spread warning, but health officials say the new sub-variants of the BA.2 variant of Omicron as of Wednesday had accounted for 80.6% of state infections.
Although there is no evidence that the new variants cause more serious illness than previous versions of COVID-19, Vasan said they transmit faster and people should start masking more often in indoor public environments.
He also suggested that those who visited family and friends during the Easter and Easter holidays be tested afterwards.