City advises older, at-risk New Yorkers to stay home as COVID-19 cases rise

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New York City has announced a new advisory for seniors and those with underlying health conditions to limit activities outside their homes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase rapidly in the city.

A sign in the window of a Queens restaurant urging New Yorkers to take precautions against COVID-19.

On Tuesday, New York City announced a new advisory for seniors and those with underlying health conditions to limit activities outside their homes, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing rapidly in the city.

In addition to basic needs such as medical care, groceries, going to the pharmacy, or commuting to work or school, the city’s health commissioner advises people at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19, as well as their household members and caregivers, to stay at home. The advisory is recommended for New Yorkers 65 and older, as well as for people with conditions listed on the Centers for Disease Control website that may put people at increased risk for coronavirus, such as diabetes. type 2, cancer, obesity and heart problems.

Read our coverage of the coronavirus crisis in New York City.

The new advisory also calls on those at risk to limit interactions with others as much as possible, to avoid travel in or out of town, and to avoid having guests in their homes other than caregivers. . These New Yorkers should wear face-covering indoors and outdoors at all times, including around people in their households who “have experienced exposure to COVID-19, show symptoms of the virus, or frequently interact with it.” the public ”, according to the city. .

The seven-day average rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus across the city was 4.14% on Tuesday, down from 3.31% a week before and up significantly since the start of September, when the positivity rate hovered around 1%.

City health commissioner Dave A. Chokshi said on Tuesday 1,100 patients had been hospitalized in the city due to COVID-19, the highest number since early June.

While Tuesday’s announcement was a warning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said “much bigger restrictions” could be ahead “if we fail to bring these numbers down quickly. ”

“We have to do this work individually if we are to avoid these restrictions,” he said.

Nicole Javorsky is a member of Report for America Corps.

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