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What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Now

COVID-19 is still around and poses a threat to the health of New Yorkers. COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination will remain available for New Yorkers. This includes people who do not have insurance or the ability to pay.

Everyone should stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, get tested if they have symptoms or have been exposed, and wear a high-quality mask when sick, following an exposure and when COVID-19 levels increase.

Learn more in the pages below about what you can do for yourself, your family and your community.


Updated COVID-19 vaccines for the 2023-2024 season are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. They are designed to protect against newer COVID-19 variants and to increase people’s protection against the virus.


Laboratory and self-testing remain low to no cost at City-run locations. Private insurance may no longer reimburse you when you purchase at-home test kits.


For now, oral antiviral medicines, including Paxlovid, remain free.


Help with long COVID will remain available. If you think you have long COVID, talk to your provider or visit a Post-COVID Care Clinic:

For all questions regarding COVID-19 testing, results, quarantine, paid leave and long COVID, or to speak to a nurse about symptoms, call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319).

Masking and COVID-19 Transmission

Masks are still effective tools to reduce the risk of spreading or being exposed to COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. Masks protect you and others by reducing the amount of droplets that enter the air when someone coughs, sneezes, talks, sings or breathes.

Our recommendations on when most people should wear a mask change based on the level of COVID-19 spreading in the community. Currently, we are at a low level of COVID-19 community transmission.

To reduce your risk of getting COVID-19, consider still wearing a mask in crowded indoor public settings, such as on public transit, at large events, and when shopping in crowded stores.

  • Consider wearing a mask if you are at high risk for severe COVID-19 or are around others who are.
  • Always wear a mask if you're sick and unable to separate from others, and for 10 days after you have COVID-19.
  • Always wear a mask for 10 days after being exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Wear a high-quality mask, such as a KN95, KF94 or N95, for the best protection from COVID-19.


  • Latest Data: Track how COVID-19 has recently affected NYC. Data is updated daily.
  • Vaccines Data: Track how the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered throughout the city.
  • Variants Data: Testing and spread in NYC of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Neighborhood Data Profiles: Summaries of data by ZIP code.
  • Trends and Totals Data: Data trends and cumulative data since the city’s first confirmed case.
  • Data File Archive: All COVID-19 data files we posted online between March 17, 2020, and May 17, 2020, as well as more recent files on virus variants.
  • About the Data: Information about data demographic groups, reporting lags and variant testing.
  • Data Glossary: Defining terms used in our COVID-19 Data pages.

Testing, Prevention, When You Are Sick

  • Testing: Learn when and how you can get tested.
  • Express Testing: Schedule an appointment at one of the Health Department's free Express Testing sites, which can provide results of PCR tests within 24 hours.
  • Prevention and Groups at Higher Risk: Follow our prevention tips and check if you are at a higher risk for illness.
  • When You Are Sick: If you have COVID-19, learn about available treatments and what steps you can take to get better while keeping those around you safe.
  • Pregnancy: Learn about the different risks of COVID-19 to pregnant people and available assistance.

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