What You Need to Know About COVID-19

NYC: Get Tested Now!

All New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk.

NYC Health Department: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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What to Do If You Are Sick

Find the closest testing site near you.

You should get tested now if you have symptoms – regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation – and then stay home.

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and commonly include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Older adults may show confusion or disorientation and experience falls.


You can find daily updates of information about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC and key public health milestones.

Get information and help the City learn more about the spread of COVID-19

Sign up for the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal to provide valuable, confidential information to the City and allow the City to share important information with you directly.

Visit the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal website

Featured announcements

COVID-19 Response Map

See the City's response by zip code across areas including testing, supplies and telehealth, food, education, and targeted outreach and support. To view the map visit nyc.gov/covidresponsemap.

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Expanded COVID-19 testing

All New Yorkers should get tested now, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk. There are over 150 convenient testing sites across the city. Find a testing site near you by visiting nyc.gov/covidtest.

New York City COVID-19 Heat Plan

New York City has launched a COVID-19 Heat Plan to keep vulnerable New Yorker cool and safe at home, create safer summer cooling options, and prevent and respond to power outages. Read the Mayor's full Heat Plan.

NY State Pause order

All restrictions on nonessential businesses will continue through June 8th. Gatherings of 10 or fewer individuals are permitted, provided individuals continue to socially distance in public.


New Yorkers who have symptoms or questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge seven days a week from 9 am - 9 pm.

NYC Open Streets

New York City is opening 40 miles of streets to allow greater social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, with a plan to expand to a total of 100 miles. Open Streets are available daily, 8 am to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted) for pedestrians and cyclists to use the roadbed of the street while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others.

For a list of locations visit nyc.gov/openstreets

Get a face covering

New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.

Additional distribution sites will be coming soon and can be found at nyc.gov/facecoverings.

COVID-19 Hotel Program

The City of New York's COVID-19 Hotel Program provides select individuals and groups (e.g., healthcare workers) a place to stay to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you are a healthcare worker or volunteer, go t nyc.gov/covid19hotel to determine whether you are eligible and make a reservation

If you are not a healthcare worker or volunteer, call the COVID hotline at 1-844-649-4692.

Face coverings mandate

Starting Friday, April 17th, all New Yorkers are required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public and in situations where a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained.

New plan for keeping the city fed

New York City is investing $170 million to ensure no New Yorker goes hungry. To read the plan, go to nyc.gov/feedingnyc. To find out how to get food go to nyc.gov/getfood.

Health and Hospitals hiring non-medical staff right now

Health and Hospitals is hiring 500 non-clinical staff to help with patient transport, clerical work, and cleaning. No medical background is required and hiring will be expanded to thousands soon.

Please visit nyc.gov/getwork for more information and to apply.