Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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New Variants/Strains

People in NYC have tested positive for a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 that is more transmissible than other variants and may cause more severe illness.

The new variant — called B.1.1.7 — was first reported in the U.K. and has been found in other countries and U.S. states. Preliminary studies suggest that vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. will provide protection against this variant. Additional studies are ongoing.

NYC is monitoring for strains — types of variants that show meaningful differences in how they function — and other variants that have been identified and reported in New York State, including B.1.351, which was first reported in South Africa.

Data on B.1.1.7 Variant in NYC

As of February 17, the B.1.1.7 variant has been reported in 59 people in NYC.

Genomic sequencing of a subset of virus specimens taken from NYC residents during the week starting February 8 found an estimated 6.2% were B.1.1.7.

New Yorkers Should Limit Activities

The number of new COVID-19 cases in NYC remains high.

All New Yorkers should take steps to prevent COVID-19. People with underlying health conditions, as well as those who live with or care for them, should take special precautions:

This advisory applies to a wide range of New Yorkers, such as people 65 and older with certain underlying health conditions, such as heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also applies to those who live with or care for these people.

Find out if you or someone you know is at a high risk for severe illness and should follow these increased precautions.


Two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use, but they may not be available to the general public until mid-2021. Learn more about the vaccines and how they are being distributed in NYC:

COVID-19 is now spreading rapidly in New York City and throughout the United States. This is a vital time to follow our prevention guidance and do your part to stop the spread.

Avoid indoor activities and stay away from big groups by sticking to a core group of friends and family — your pandemic "social bubble." If you do go out, take the below precautions.


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Use hand sanitizer when you enter a store, after touching products and after leaving the store.

Only touch products you intend to buy. Make contactless payments whenever possible.

Medical Care

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Do not delay getting the medical care you need. Contact your provider quickly about any new symptoms you are feeling, whether or not you think they may be related to COVID-19.

You should also go to routine check-ups and screenings, and get scheduled vaccinations for you and your children. If you think you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

More Information About COVID-19 in NYC

Additional Resources

Download Guidance for Getting Together