New York City raises alert level for Covid-19

May 17, 2022

21:24

New York City has changed its coronavirus alert level to “high”. Its health care system is increasingly under pressure.

Confronted with a increasing pressure on its health care systemNew York City has decided to raise its level alert to “high” in the face of Covid-19. The latter was previously at “medium” and the city had already warned on Monday that the change could be imminent.

309

new cases

As of May 14, the number of new cases in the city was 309 per 100,000 people.

Recommendations given during a high level of alert encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask in all indoor public places and in heavily populated outdoor areas. It also allows Mayor Eric Adams to reinstate measures, such as mandatory mask-wearing and vaccinations, removed earlier this year. City health officials, however, said they do not anticipate a requirement.

It is, however, recommended for New Yorkers to wear masks indoors, but also to receive vaccines and booster doses, if they are eligible. “We have tools to bend the curve and we are working to get them to New Yorkers,” said Patrick Gallahue, spokesman for the health department.

“We have tools to bend the curve and we are working to get them to New Yorkers.”

Patrick Gallahue

Health Department Spokesperson

A strained healthcare system

The alert levels take into account cases, hospital admissions and percentage of beds occupied by coronavirus patients. In early May, the city went from a “low” to “medium” alert level after surpassing 200 new cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

As of May 14, the number of new cases in the city was 309 per 100,000 people. A “high” alert level is triggered when the new hospital admissions over seven days exceed 10 per 100,000 and that the percentage of hospital beds occupied by Covid patients is more than 10%according to guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of new admissions in the city was 10.2 per 100,000 and rising as of May 13while 4.24% of beds were occupied by patients infected with the coronavirus.

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