Covid-19 Information

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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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Mental Health

Additional Resources


COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance Tool

This tool shows you what to do if you have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. It contains a few short questions. You will not have to provide any personal information.

See which one applies to you?

Two people standing next to each other. One is wearing a mask, the other has their head turned and is coughing.

Find a Testing Site

Many health care providers and pharmacies offer testing.

Here are some resources to help you find low to no cost testing:

    • COVID-19: Express Testing: Schedule an appointment at one of the Health Department's free Express testing locations, which usually return test results within a few hours. Testing is available regardless of immigration status.

Get Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

You can pick up free at-home rapid antigen tests at NYC museums, zoos, libraries and other locations throughout the city.

To find a location near you, visit NYC At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit Pickup.

Face Covering

March 7 Face Covering Update 

  • Masking- Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn when indoors. As of December 9, 2022, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a universal indoor masking recommendation(Open external link) for all indoor settings, including schools and daycare centers, given very high rates of flu and other respiratory conditions.Masks will be made available at the school for all those who need/want them.
    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask when:
      • Returning to school on the sixth day after testing positive for COVID-19, through day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier, including when traveling on a school bus. Masks may be removed during this period if the person has received two negative rapid tests 48 hours apart.
      • Entering the school medical room, nurse’s office, or school-based health center.
      • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school.
    • Students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are also strongly recommended to wear a mask:
      • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, whether the exposure occurred in school or outside of school. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested at least 48 hours apart.
      • When they are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised, and masking is recommended by their healthcare provider.
      • In crowded outdoor settings.

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