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Mayor de Blasio Announces New Face Covering Guidance and Public Awareness Campaign to Reach Younger New Yorkers

July 13, 2020

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NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced that all New Yorkers should wear a face covering indoors when they are around other people in a setting that is not their home. With cases rising among New Yorkers between the ages of 20-29, the City will launch a public outreach campaign geared towards younger New Yorkers, including additional mobile testing sites. Through partnerships with Federally Qualified Health Centers, the City will also open additional testing sites, building on the commitment to make COVID-19 testing as fast and convenient as possible across the five boroughs.

"We have come so far in our fight against the virus—but we cannot let our guard down just yet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Younger New Yorkers are not invincible to COVID-19. My plea is simple: please get tested, practice social distancing, wear your face coverings, and take all the necessary precautions to keep each other safe.”

Guidance for Younger New Yorkers
With cases rising among New Yorkers under the age of 40—especially for the 20-29 age demographic—the City will launch a comprehensive public outreach campaign targeting younger New Yorkers. Through a “Night of Action” the City will conduct outreach through popular bars, outdoors restaurants, and waterfront locations, offering nearby mobile van testing and mask giveaways. The City will also partner with digital influencers to reach younger New Yorkers across social platforms and share guidance on how to prevent COVID-19.

Face Coverings
As the city continues to reopen and more people return to work outside the home, New Yorkers should wear a face covering as much as possible when around other people in an indoor setting that is not their home.

New Testing Partnerships

Ramon Velez Health Center (Currently Open)
754 E. 151st Street, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Appointment required

Clay Avenue Health Center 1 (Currently Open)
776 Clay Avenue, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00AM-4:00 PM
Appointment required

Casa Maria Health Center (Currently Open)
324 E. 149th Street, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Appointment required

Claremont Health Center (Currently Open)
262 E. 174th Street, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Appointment required

Thomas and Marie White Health Center (Currently Open)
116-30 Sutphin Boulevard, Queens
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Appointment required

Hope Gardens (Opens tomorrow, July 14th)
120 Menahan Street, Brooklyn
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Appointment required

The City will also operate additional testing sites through Union Community Health Center:

Union Community Health Center: (Currently Open)
260 East 188th Street, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rapid Care hours: Monday-Friday 3:00 PM -9:00 PM. Saturday-Sunday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Appointment required

Grand Concourse
2021 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM  
Appointment required

The following sites will open through a partnership with the Institute for Family Health:

Stevenson Family Health Center (PCR Testing Only; Opens August 3rd)
731 White Plains Road, Bronx

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