Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Recent Guidance and Tools

All New Yorkers must stay home as much as possible. If you feel sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is especially important you stay home, except when you need essential medical care or basic needs, such as groceries, if you have no other way to get them.

Parks and Beaches

NYC parks and beaches are open, although swimming is not allowed at NYC beaches.

Learn how you can protect yourself and others while enjoying the warmer weather:


Our new COVID-19 data webpages include a variety of graphs, charts and maps showing how the outbreak is affecting different areas and demographic populations in New York City.

When to Get Tested

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

Find a testing site near you.

COVID-19 Testing: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, May 11)
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When to Get Care

Physical distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but it is also important that you monitor your health and know when to seek emergency medical care for COVID-19 and other health problems. You may be worried about going to a hospital or doctor’s office when many people are getting care for COVID-19. However, if you have any of the following symptoms, go to an emergency room or call 911 immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • New confusion or inability to stay awake
  • Blue lips or face
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden face drooping
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Seizure
  • Any sudden and severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

This is not a complete list. For any kind of medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

If your symptoms are serious, but not an emergency, call your health care provider right away. Many providers can help you over the phone or through telemedicine visits. If you need a health care provider, contact NYC Health + Hospitals at 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692- 4692) or 311. You can get care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in NYC and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or PMIS.

MIS-C is like other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children with MIS-C can have problems with their heart and other organs and need to receive medical care in a hospital.

Fact Sheet and More Guidance

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from mild diseases, such as a cold, to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. Recently, a new coronavirus was detected that had not been previously seen in humans. The disease, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person.

There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York City, meaning the sources of new infections are unknown. Everyone in New York City should act as if they have been exposed to COVID-19. That means you should monitor your health closely and stay home. Only go out for essential supplies and services, such as groceries or urgent medical care.

More Information About COVID-19

How You Can Help

We greatly appreciate any support you can offer to help the City's COVID-19 relief efforts. Learn more about the different ways you can contribute:

To find other ways to help New Yorkers affected by COVID-19, or to find COVID-19 related assistance, visit Help Now NYC.

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