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The coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, has been detected in thousands of people worldwide. There is evidence the infection can be spread person-to-person.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to pneumonia. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously found in humans.

Online

Learn more about COVID-19. (Information in other languages available here)

Get the COVID-19 factsheet.

Get the latest coronavirus case count in New York State.

By Text

Text COVID to 692-692 to get the latest updates from Notify NYC.

Text COVIDESP to 692-692 to get the same updates in Spanish.

The COVID-19 vaccine can prevent COVID-19 symptoms and severe COVID-19 illness.

There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration:

  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson and Johnson

The vaccines are administered through shots in the arm. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses taken 3 to 4 weeks apart.

An appointment is required to get a vaccine. Currently, you must be in an eligible group and live or work in New York City to make an appointment.

To learn more, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine page.

Spread

The virus is most likely to spread to people who are within about 6 feet of an infected person. The virus is in droplets that are sprayed when a person coughs or sneezes, and possibly when they talk. Staying 6 feet away helps protect you from that spray.

Scientists disagree on how long COVID-19 lives on surfaces, but it can live on surfaces that people frequently touch. The virus can then be spread if someone touches their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands that have virus on them.

Scientists now believe that people who have no symptoms can spread the virus. However, people who are experiencing symptoms like coughing or sore throat are probably more likely to transmit the virus to others.

Prevention

To prevent coronavirus, you should take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season:

Do:

  • Stay home at all times if you are sick. If you’re not feeling any better after 3 to 4 days, contact your health care provider.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Consider telecommuting, biking, or walking to work if possible.
  • Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 AM to 5 PM, change some work hours to 10 AM to 6 PM or 8 AM to 4 PM.

Don’t:

  • Touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Shake hands. Instead, wave.
  • Go to the emergency room or other places to seek health care if you are not severely ill.
  • Visit family or friends who are elderly or have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues if you feel sick.

To report a lack of social distancing or face coverings, visit the Social Distancing or Face Covering Complaint page.

Cleaning and Disinfection Tips

  • If a surface is dirty, first clean it using a detergent or soap and water before disinfecting.
  • To disinfect a surface, use a diluted household bleach solution or an alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
  • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
  • Check that the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach is effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

Employee Health Screening

New York State (NYS) requires employers to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before the employee can enter the workplace each day and maintain documentation of health screenings.

To learn more, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Symptoms Screening page.

Holiday Celebrations

You should make a plan to celebrate the holiday season safely:

  • Do not travel
  • Do not host or attend a holiday party
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Only celebrate with household members 

Get tips on how to celebrate safely.

Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation.

The City also strongly recommends that you:

  • Continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
  • Maintain physical distance and stay six feet apart when you must go outside for work, essential needs, or to get medical care.
  • Wear a face covering indoors when you are around other people and you are not in your home, even if 6 feet of distance can be maintained.
  • Wear a face covering in your home if:
    • Someone who doesn't live in the household is there.
    • You live with others who are sick, recently tested positive for COVID-19, or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19 (unless alone in a separate room). In these instances, face coverings should also be worn around pets.

Note that:

  • Wearing a face covering prevents you from unintentionally spreading COVID-19 to other people.
  • Wearing a face covering does not make you invincible. It is mainly about protecting other people from possible spread.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about face coverings.

Choosing a Face Covering

  • Use a face covering with two or three layers of material to better prevent unfiltered air from passing through.
  • Use face coverings made of tightly woven fabric (fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source). Face coverings should be made of breathable fabric (like cotton), and not of leather, plastic, or other materials that make it hard to breathe.
  • Don't use a face covering with an exhalation valve as it allows unfiltered exhaled air to escape.
  • Don't use health care worker masks such as N95 masks. N95 respirators should be used in health care settings. The limited supply of these masks must be preserved for frontline health care workers.

For New Yorkers at greater risk, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recommends two masks or even considering higher-grade masks, such as a KN95 mask, which is similar in design and function to N95 masks used by healthcare workers.

This includes those who are:

  • 65 or older
  • Have an underlying medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19
  • People who care for someone who is sick
  • People who are in prolonged close contact with non-household members while indoors (such as people who regularly work in-person with the members of the public)

Wearing a Face Covering

Make sure the face covering fits snugly against the sides of the face and fully covers both the nose and mouth, without slipping. Face coverings that fit loosely allow respiratory droplets to enter and leak out.

Tips to help you ensure a snug fit:

  • Wear a cloth face covering over a disposable mask.
  • Wear a face covering with a nose wire.
  • Wear a face mask fitter or brace.
  • Knot the ear loops and fold or tuck extra material.

Consider wearing two face coverings. Two face coverings may better protect you and others by adding layers and helping ensure a snug fit. If you decide to wear two face coverings, wear a cloth face covering over a disposable mask. Do not wear two disposable masks or a face covering over a higher-grade mask like a KN95.

Face Covering Care

Cloth face coverings should be washed once a day by hand or machine using detergent. Wear only when dry.

Paper face coverings are reusable until they become damaged, dirty, or wet.

Face Covering Complaints

To report a lack of social distancing or face coverings, visit the Social Distancing or Face Covering Complaint page.

Posters

You can get posters displaying reminders of the need to wear a face covering when outside the home.

Online

Download a social distance poster.

Download a social distance poster for grocery stores.

By Mail

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly in New York City. Adults over 65 and people with underlying health conditions that put them at increased risk of severe COVID-19, and household members and caregivers of these people should:

  • Limit activities outside your home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities
  • Avoid public spaces and gatherings
  • Stay home if sick except for medical care, including testing for COVID-19
  • Wear a face covering at all times indoors and outdoors, including when around members of their own household who have been exposed to COVID-19, are showing symptoms of the virus or frequently interact with the public

Underlying health conditions that can make COVID-19 more severe include:

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • A weakened immune system
  • Moderate to severe asthma
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Read the advisory for those at higher risk of severe COVID-19.

    Symptoms

    People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Some people do not have any symptoms. Most people will have mild to moderate symptoms and recover on their own.

    Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and can include:

    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath (trouble breathing)
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Older adults may show confusion or disorientation and experience falls.

    This list does not include all possible symptoms.

    If you have any of these symptoms and they are not due to a preexisting health condition like asthma or emphysema, you may have COVID-19 and you must stay home.

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get a diagnostic test now – regardless of age, chronic conditions, or occupation – and then stay home.

    Chronic Health Risks

    People who are at most risk for severe illness are those who have health conditions including:

    • Chronic lung disease
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • A weakened immune system
    • Moderate to severe asthma
    • Obesity
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease

    An infection can result in death, but that is a rare outcome.

    Exposure and Close Contact

    Close contact for exposure is defined as either:

    • Being within approximately 6 feet of a person with coronavirus for a prolonged period. For example, sitting within 6 feet of the patient in a healthcare waiting area.
    • Having direct contact with bodily fluids of someone infected. For example, being coughed on or touching used tissues with a bare hand.

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    If your symptoms are mild, you should stay home and monitor your condition.

    Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms and they do not improve in 3 to 4 days:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cold or flu-like symptoms

    You should try to contact your health care provider by phone rather than going to them in person.

    If you can't get in contact with or don't have a health care provider, you can speak with a NYC Health + Hospitals clinician.

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    Transportation to Medical Appointments

    If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath) and have an appointment with your doctor but do not have transportation options, you may be eligible for free transportation to and from your appointment.

    Your appointment must be within the five boroughs of New York City.

    • Agency: Hunter Call Center
    • Phone Number: (516) 812-9827
    • Business Hours: Daily: 7 AM - 7 PM

    New York State Residents Outside New York City

    If you live in New York State but not in New York City and are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or have been around someone experiencing symptoms, you can get help by phone.

    • Agency: NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline
    • Phone Number: (888) 364-3065
    • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a health condition that has appeared in children in New York City. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed there is a link to COVID-19.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to preventing long-term complications from MIS-C.

    Most children have a fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms.

    Common symptoms include:

    • Irritability or sluggishness
    • Abdominal pain without another explanation
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Rash
    • Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes
    • Enlarged gland on one side of the neck
    • Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry
    • Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red

    If your child becomes ill and has had a continued fever, call your doctor immediately.

    If you do not have a doctor, go to the Find a Doctor page to speak to an NYC Health + Hospitals clinician.

    Learn more about MIS-C.

    Early Childhood Mental Health Network 

    The Early Childhood Mental Health Network provides mental health support for young children and their families, helping to address challenges early. Mental health professionals consult with early childhood programs partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) to address program, classroom, and child-level challenges in order to strengthen the capacity of teachers and caregivers to support children.

    Seven early childhood therapeutic centers, open to all New York residents, located throughout the City offer specialized mental health treatment for children from birth to age five and their families, as well as access to family peer advocates and connection to ongoing support.

    Additionally, mental health professionals are able to receive specialized training in evidence-based practices and early childhood development through the Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center in order to increase the capacity and competencies of professionals working to identify and address the mental health needs of young children.

    Services Provided

    Individual and family counseling that utilizes evidence-based approaches for clients with trauma, including:

    • Play therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
    • Parent groups
    • Assessments and screenings
    • Staff and teacher training 

    You can contact a clinic in your borough:

    Bronx North

    The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services 
    (844) 663-2255

    Bronx South

    Association to Benefit Children
    (929) 288-4320

    Manhattan

    Northside Center for Child Development
    (212) 426-3400

    Queens

    The Child Center of New York
    (718) 530-6892

    Brooklyn Central and South

    OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services
    (800) 603-6435

    Brooklyn North and East

    The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services 
    (844) 663-2255

    Staten Island

    Staten Island Mental Health Society
    (718) 448-9775 ext. 551

    Diagnostic Testing

    COVID-19 diagnostic tests are used to determine if you currently have COVID-19. Diagnostic tests don't test for immunity or tell you if you had the virus in the past.

    If you were sick and have now recovered and want to be tested, you should take an antibody test instead.

    To learn more about the COVID-19 diagnostic test or to find a testing site, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Diagnostic Testing page.

    Antibody Testing

    COVID-19 antibody tests are used to determine if you've had COVID-19 in the past.

    These tests can't be used to determine whether you are currently infected with COVID-19. If you are currently sick, you should get a diagnostic test instead.

    To learn more about the COVID-19 antibody test, including testing sites, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Testing page.

    While at home, you should monitor your health. Self-monitoring means you check yourself for fever and remain alert for COVID-19 symptoms which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat.

    You can leave your home when all of the following is true:

    • It has been seven days after your symptoms started.
    • You have not had a fever for three days without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
    • Your cough or sore throat symptoms have improved.

    Learn about the best practices for self-isolation and quarantine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    If you have COVID-19 you may qualify to self-isolate in a hotel, free of charge, for up to 14 days if you do not have a safe place to self-isolate. 

    This can mean: 

    • Your home does not have space for you to stay six feet away from others 
    • You share rooms or a bathroom 
    • You live with someone who is vulnerable 

    Hotel guests will have free: 

    • Round-trip transportation to and from the hotel and any necessary medical appointments 
    • Private rooms and bathrooms 
    • Onsite COVID-19 testing 
    • Free Wi-Fi and unlimited local phones calls to stay connected 
    • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily 
    • Medication delivery, including methadone delivery 
    • On site health care services by skilled doctors and nurses 
    • COVID-19 testing 
    • Telepsychiatry to access expert mental health providers 

    • Agency: NYC Health + Hospitals
    • Division: COVID-19 Hotel Program
    • Phone Number: (212) 268-4319
    • Business Hours: Daily: 9 AM - 9 PM

    Test and Trace Corps is a program run by the City of New York through Health + Hospitals and in collaboration with DOHMH, DOITT, TLC, and many more.

    The Corps helps New Yorkers receive free and easy testing for COVID-19 and ensures that anyone with the virus receives care and can safely isolate to prevent the spread. A specialized group of Contact Tracers has been created to provide resources and support.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you'll receive a call from a Contact Tracer within 24 hours.

    The Tracer will:

    • Ask about your symptoms
    • Determine if you need more medical attention
    • Create a list of everyone you had contact with since shortly before the onset of symptoms
    • Help you isolate at home or at a free hotel
    • Give you instructions on how to safely separate for up to 14 days

    Contact Tracers will also call those who were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to help them get tested and connect them with any services they might need.

    Learn more about Contact Tracing.

    Take Care Package

    The Test & Trace Corps sends a “Take Care” package to all New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 and their reported contacts.

    All individuals who complete intake with the Test and Trace Corps will be sent a Take Care Package. Individuals who are not part of the Test and Trace Corps cannot request a Take Care Package or an at home testing kit at this time.

    A “Take Care” package includes enough personal protective equipment for a household of three to quarantine for 10-14 days.

    This includes:

    • A medical grade mask
    • Sanitizing wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Thermometer
    • At-home testing kit for contacts
    • Pulse oximeter to help those who test positive for COVID-19 monitor their oxygen levels.

    Learn more about the Take Care Package.

    Businesses

    If you're a business owner, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Businesses page to learn about:

    • What you need to know as you prepare to reopen your business
    • How to comply with mandatory health and safety guidelines
    • Rules that apply to businesses in COVID hotspot zones
    • Protecting your employees and customers
    • Financial resources and supplies

    New York State (NYS) requires employers to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms before the employee can enter the workplace each day and maintain documentation of health screenings. To learn more, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Symptoms Screening page.

    Workers

    If you're a worker, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Workers page to learn about:

    • What you need to know about businesses reopening
    • Workers' rights and workplace rules
    • Health and safety guidelines
    • Documentation needed to return to work
    • Financial resources and essential worker benefits

    You can get assistance if you are a doctor or other health care provider who needs to report the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the Department of Health.

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    You can get information about the effects of COVID-19 on pregnancy, newborn babies, and breastfeeding.

    Online

    Get the "Guidance for People Who Are Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Caring for Newborns" sheet.

    By Phone

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    Transmission from Animals

    At this time there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, play a significant role in spreading COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to be transmitted exclusively from person to person.

    Transmission to Animals

    The CDC is aware of a small number of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, including both cats and dogs. Only a few of the animals who tested positive showed signs of illness, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. Until more is known about transmission, the CDC recommends that people with symptoms restrict contact with their pets.

    If you are sick, restrict contact with your pets and have another member of your household care for your animals.

    Have a plan for your pets in case of a medical emergency.

    Learn more about COVID-19 and animals.

    Get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and animals.

    Learn how to create a pet emergency plan.

    The City of New York is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make medical supplies, including ventilators, face shields, gowns, and masks, test kits, and other products needed to support the City’s COVID-19 response. 

    Email TestHelp@edc.nyc.gov if you can donate test kits or manufacture test kit parts, such as nasal swabs and tubes in an FDA-registered facility in NYC.

    Submit this form if you are a supplier or distributor with access to a stock of ready-made supplies.