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New York City Issues Alert Advising Masks Be Worn Indoors As City Teeters On Edge Of “High” Transmission, Per CDC

On Monday, New York City’s Commissioner of Health and Human Hygiene, Ashwin Vasan, issued an advisory to residents that “All individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past Covid-19 infection, should wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting.”

The announcement notes that “New York City is approaching ‘high’ level of Covid-19 alert which represents high community spread,” according to the CDC.

Today @NYCHealthCommr issued an advisory as the City approaches the high #COVID19 Alert Level. All New Yorkers should wear masks in all indoor public settings. Those at high risk of severe illness should avoid crowded settings and limit get-togethers: https://t.co/vgcrvAAAG4 pic.twitter.com/nZPEbbSMfX

— nychealthy (@nycHealthy) May 16, 2022

The advisory is simply that: advice. But should the region tip into the high level of community spread, the CDC recommends that all residents “wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings).” Such a federal recommendation in the past has led to local adoption in New York via a mandatory health officer order.

Early in the pandemic, New York City was the epicenter of Covid spread in the United States and, at moments, the world. Now the city of 8-plus million people again finds itself a hot zone of virus spread as the more transmissible BA.2.12.1 Omicron variant, which was first identified in the Northeast, has quickly overtaken BA.2 in the region.

On Friday, New York City’s number of new cases per 100,000 in the past 7 days was 291, which puts it in a more accelerated category of the CDC’s community level assessment. That assessment is meant to provide countermeasures should a

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On Monday, New York City’s Commissioner of Health and Human Hygiene, Ashwin Vasan, issued an advisory to residents that “All individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past Covid-19 infection, should wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting.”
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