NYC Moves To High Level COVID Alert As Cases Climb

NBC New York reports:

New York City raised its COVID alert level to high on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after warning of the possibility, as a fifth pandemic wave fueled by the most contagious COVID subvariants yet tighten their grip on the metro area and the nation.

The five boroughs had been in a “medium” COVID alert state since May 2 after passing a critical infection rate threshold — 200 new daily cases per 100,000 residents over a rolling seven-day period.

The upgrade to “high” alert status means the COVID hospitalization rate also hit a key benchmark — 10 new admissions per 100,000 residents on a rolling basis. Both are based on current CDC community guidelines.

ABC New York reports:

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an advisory Monday, ahead of the planned threat risk elevation, that urges all residents to use high-quality masks — such as KN95 and KF94 masks and N95 respirators — when indoors and in a public setting, including at grocery stores, building lobbies, offices, stores, and other common or shared spaces where individuals may interact, such as restrooms, hallways, elevators, and meeting rooms.

Yesterday it was reported that the move to high alert may mean a return to the indoor mask mandate. That hasn’t happened at this writing.