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Winter Surge in Cases

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising in NYC and nationwide, largely due to the spread of the more contagious omicron variant. There is some evidence this variant may be less likely to cause severe illness if you are fully vaccinated and boosted, but any case of COVID-19 can lead to difficult symptoms, hospitalization and long-term health effects.

This winter’s surge impacts us all, including people who are vaccinated and those who were previously infected. Everyone is at risk of infection, but unvaccinated people are significantly more likely to have severe illness from COVID-19, including from omicron.

If You Have COVID-19

Whether you took an at-home rapid antigen test or a more reliable molecular (PCR) test, assume a positive test result means you have COVID-19 and isolate immediately. Contact your health care provider or call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to be linked to care.

Here are your next steps after you talk to a provider:

  1. Tell people you may have exposed so they can get tested and separate from others.
  2. Isolate at home for at least five days. After five days, most people can leave home if they do not have symptoms or their symptoms are improving and they have not had a fever in the last 24 hours. They must wear a well-fitting mask around other people for six to 10 days.
  3. If you are a health care worker, talk to your employer about whether you can return to work after five days.

If you develop trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, confusion, inability to stay awake, bluish lips or face, or any other emergency condition, call 911 immediately.

Fight the Spread

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidance in the Commissioner’s latest advisory on COVID-19 prevention (PDF, December 16):

We can all work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying informed and taking the necessary steps in prevention. Learn more in the pages below about what you can do for yourself, your family and your community.



  • Latest Data: Track how COVID-19 has recently affected NYC. Data is updated daily.
  • Vaccines Data: Track how the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered throughout the city.
  • Variants Data: Testing and spread in NYC of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Key Indicators: Key public health indicators tracked by NYC policymakers.
  • Neighborhood Data Profiles: Summaries of data by ZIP code.
  • Trends and Totals Data: Data trends and cumulative data since the city’s first confirmed case.
  • Data File Archive: All COVID-19 data files we posted online between March 17, 2020, and May 17, 2020, as well as more recent files on virus variants.

Testing, Prevention, Higher Risk Groups

  • Testing: Learn when and how you can get tested.
  • Rapid Testing: Schedule an appointment at one of the Health Department's free rapid testing locations, which usually have results within a few hours.
  • Prevention and Groups at Higher Risk: Follow our prevention tips and check if you are at a higher risk for illness.
  • Pregnancy: Learn about the different risks of COVID-19 to pregnant people and available assistance.


  • Treatments: How to tell if you might have COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms, including possible outpatient treatments.

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