New York City, the largest city in the United States, raised its COVID-19 warning level from “medium” to “high” on Tuesday as the number of infections continues to rise in recent weeks.
The assessment means there is a high spread of COVID-19 in the community and the pressure on the city’s healthcare system is significant.
“New York City has moved to a high COVID alert level, which means now is the time to protect ourselves and each other by making choices that can help keep our friends, neighbors, relatives and colleagues from getting sick,” said Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the city’s health commissioner.
The directive requires New Yorkers to wear a face mask in all indoor public and busy outdoor environments and consider avoiding higher-risk activities.
New York City raised its COVID-19 warning level from “low” to “low” in early May.
While this is just one step away from reaching the highest COVID-19 warning level, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Monday, “We’re not on the cusp of mandating masks.”
The seven-day average percentage of positive COVID-19 test results rose to 5.18 percent in New York City on Monday, still the lowest of 10 New York state regions, according to data released by the state Tuesday.
New COVID-19 cases have been increasing daily in the United States since early April and the number of deaths from the pandemic has surpassed 1 million in the country.
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