What You Need to Know About COVID-19

NYC: Get Tested If You Are Sick, Then Stay Home

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested now and then stay home. Find your closest testing facility here.
  • All New Yorkers must stay home as much as possible, especially if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Only leave home for essential medical care or basic needs, such as groceries, if you have no other way to get them.

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.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested now – 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
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • 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

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or are in self-isolation, 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

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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

New York City has expanded the criteria and capacity for individuals to get tested for COVID-19. You should get a COVID-19 test if you:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
  • Come in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms
  • Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter or adult care facility), regardless of whether you have symptoms.

Free testing is available at community sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals throughout the five boroughs. CityMD offers testing at all of its New York City sites on a walk-in basis, seven days per week. Visit CityMD for locations and hours throughout the five boroughs.

To find a testing site near you visit nyc.gov/covidtest.

Antibody testing

New Yorkers can now sign up for a COVID-19 antibody survey appointment at nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey and via telephone at (888)279-0967 (Hours of Operation are M-F 8 AM-8 PM; Sat/Sun 9 AM-5 PM)

  • NYC residents 18 years and over can sign up by visiting the website or calling (888)279-0967
  • Prior to scheduling an appointment, they'll be asked three screening questions in order to participate
  • Once scheduled, they will receive a confirmation code that they will bring to their appointment
  • Onsite, they'll fill out a survey (which we are working to digitize) and be tested

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

New York State has extended NYS PAUSE through at least May 28th. Meaning, all non-essential workers must continue to work from home and everyone is required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others 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.

To determine if you are eligible and make a reservation go to nyc.gov/covid19hotel

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.