The data on this page show how variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are spreading in NYC. Variants are versions of the virus with certain sets of mutations. Some variants may result in a COVID-19 infection that is easier to spread, more severe or able to avoid antibodies from vaccines or previous infections.
Current evidence suggests that the omicron subvariant currently dominant in NYC, BA.5, may be more contagious than other omicron subvariants. It may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated, as well as people who had been infected with an earlier omicron subvariant.
Note: To help with reference, the World Health Organization (WHO) has assigned Greek letters to variants, such as delta (B.1.617.2) and omicron (B.1.1.529).
These charts show the percent and number of tested cases each week over the past three months that have the most common variants in New York City, including delta and omicron.
These charts show the percent of NYC's confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been tested for virus variants and reported to the Health Department over the past three months, and the total number tested each week.
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