Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Many New Yorkers Should Limit Activities

The number of new COVID-19 cases in NYC has been rising rapidly and is now at a level we have not seen since April.

People with underlying health conditions, as well as those who live or care for such people, should now take increased precautions.

  • Avoid public spaces and gatherings and wear a face covering at all times, indoors and outdoors.
  • Do not leave home, except for work, school or essential activities, including medical care, COVID-19 testing or to go to the grocery store or pharmacy.
  • If you feel sick do not leave your home, except for a COVID-19 test or other essential medical care.

This advisory applies to a wide range of New Yorkers, such as people older than 65 and people with underlying conditions, including smoking, type-2 diabetes and obesity, among others. 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:

Vaccine Hub Appointments Rescheduled

Due to a shortage of vaccine supply, any appointments scheduled at a COVID-19 Vaccine Hub for January 21 through January 24 will be rescheduled.

All such appointments will be rescheduled for exactly one week from the original appointment at the same time. For example, if your appointment was for January 22 at 10 a.m., it will be rescheduled to January 29 at 10 a.m.

If you had an appointment scheduled for this time period, a Vaccine Hub representative will call you to confirm your new appointment or, if necessary, find you a different appointment time.

We look forward to resuming vaccinations in full force once our vaccine supply is replenished.

New Strain Found in NYC

People in NYC have tested positive for a strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 that is potentially more transmissible than other strains that had been previously found in the city.

It is normal for viruses to mutate over time. The new strain — called B.1.1.7 — was previously identified in the U.K. and has been found in other U.S. states.

U.K. health officials have said that while this strain may be more transmissible from person to person than other common strains, there is no evidence it is more likely to cause severe illness or death. There is also no evidence this strain is resistant to vaccines authorized for use in the U.S.

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