NYC expected to raise COVID-19 alert to ‘moderate risk’

The Big Apple is expected to move to a “medium-risk” COVID-19 alert level within the next week due to an increase in cases, the city’s health commissioner says.

“Over the next few days, likely early next week, we will reach a new level of risk and move from a low-risk environment to a medium-risk environment on a case-by-case basis,” says Dr. Ashwin Vasan told NY1 Friday.

The city is currently at “low” risk of a community spread alert, but health officials say the new subvariants of Omicron’s BA.2 variant were responsible for 80.6% of the state’s infections as of Wednesday.

People wearing protective masks cross the street in Midtown on March 27, 2021 in New York City.  Having received various closure orders over the past 12 months, the city is currently in Phase 4 of its reopening plan, which will allow for the reopening of low-risk outdoor activities, film and television production, indoor dining, and the opening of movie theaters with capacity restrictions.
The city will recommend increased masking in public facilities, as well as more frequent testing.
Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images

Although there’s no evidence the new variants cause more severe illness than previous versions of COVID-19, Vasan said they should transmit faster and people should start masking more often in indoor public places.

He also suggested that those visiting family and friends over the Easter and Passover holiday weekends get tested afterwards. NYC expected to raise COVID-19 alert to ‘moderate risk’


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