- The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are the best tool for protection from the virus. For information on getting the vaccine, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page.
Testing is vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
- To find a testing location near you, visit nyc.gov/covidtest or text “COVID TEST” to 855-48.
- Visit the New York City Health + Hospitals list of testing sites.
- Use the New York State search tool for finding the sites closest to you, including pharmacies.
Free At-Home Tests
Free Tests from the City of New York
New York City is offering free at-home test kits. Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page#test-kit-pickup for a list of all locations at which these test kits can be picked up.
Residential households in the U.S. are now eligible for another order of free at-home tests on USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
- Each order now includes #8 rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Your order of #8 tests will come in #2 separate packages (#4 tests in each package), each with its own tracking number
- Packages will ship free
Visit https://special.usps.com/testkits to order these free at-home tests.
NYC Updates to COVID Policies
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced several changes to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions including the suspension of the Key to NYC program and the removal of indoor mask mandates in city public schools for K-12 students.
Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022:
- Key to NYC rules will be suspended. Indoor venues, including restaurants, fitness facilities, and entertainment spaces will no longer be required to check for proof of vaccination before customers enter. Businesses previously covered by Key to NYC rules will still have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose.
- Masks will no longer be required on public school grounds for kindergarten to 12th grade students. While these public school children will be able to remove their masks, if they so choose, schools will continue to maintain strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily screener to ensure those with symptoms do not come to school, and test kit distribution. Masks will continue to be required for all settings with children under 5 years of age (where none of the population is yet eligible for the vaccine), including programs contracted by the New York City Department of Education with 3- and 4-year-old children as well as 3k and 4K classrooms in district schools.
Additionally, Mayor Adams released a new color-coded system that tracks COVID-19 alerts and keeps New York City residents apprised of the risks they face in New York City. This new system will better help New Yorkers understand the current level of COVID-19 risk and how they can best protect themselves and others based on the current risk. The system consists of four alert levels that outline precautions and recommended actions for individuals and government based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Burden Indicator.
COVID-19 Alert Levels:
Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-alert-levels.page for the current NYC alert level.
Alert Level: Low
- There is low COVID-19 community spread.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19; consider wearing a face mask in public indoor settings where vaccine status is not known; and get tested if you have symptoms or are at high risk for poor health outcomes. Basic public health precautions, like good hand hygiene and staying home if sick, should be followed.
- Recommended Government Actions: Maintain current employer and school vaccine mandates; require face masks in settings with vulnerable individuals and where vaccine status is not verified, such as health care facilities, congregate settings, and public transportation; consider mandating up-to-date vaccination status in certain settings if there is a sustained increase in cases or a new concerning variant.
Alert Level: Medium
- There is medium COVID-19 community spread.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – get vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in public indoor settings where vaccine status is not known; get tested if you have symptoms or were exposed, recently traveled, or attended large gatherings; stay home if sick; keep hands clean. Take additional precautions — such as avoiding crowded indoor and outdoor settings — if at-high risk due to age, underlying health condition, or being unvaccinated, or if interacting with high-risk individuals.
- Recommended Government Actions: Continue action from Low Alert Level. Consider requiring face masks in additional high-risk settings where it is crowded and distance cannot be maintained, such as schools. Consider reinstituting Key to NYC requirements if there is a sustained increase in cases or a new, concerning variant.
Alert Level: High
- There is high COVID-19 community spread. Pressure on the health care system in New York City is substantial.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – get vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in all public indoor settings and crowded outdoor spaces; get tested if you have symptoms or were exposed, recently traveled or attended large gatherings; stay home if sick/exposed; and keep hands clean. Consider avoiding higher-risk activities, such as crowded, indoor gatherings.
- Recommended Government Actions: Continue action from Medium Alert Level. Increase testing and vaccination capacity; ensure adequate vaccination, testing and isolation capacity in congregate settings; require face masks in all public indoor settings.
Alert Level: Very High
- There is very high COVID-19 community spread. Health care services are overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – get vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor spaces; get tested; stay home as much as possible, especially if sick/exposed; and keep hands clean. Avoid nonessential activities and crowded spaces. Maximize physical distancing in all public settings, including in workplaces.
- Recommended Government Actions: Continue action from High Alert Level. Ensure congregate settings are less crowded; consider implementing restrictions on nonessential activities, offering telework and sheltering in place to keep essential functions (such as health care and schools) operating.
Isolation Hotel Program for Those with COVID-19
COVID-19 is extremely contagious, meaning that it is easily transmitted from one person to another. If you tested positive for COVID-19 or think you might have it because of your symptoms, it is very important that you do not come in close contact with others, including people you may live with. This is called “self-isolation.” You may qualify to self-isolate in a hotel, free of charge, for up to 14 days if you do not have a safe place to self-isolate.
For more information, visit the NYC website.
Housing & the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program
- The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. Visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/Emergency-Rental-Assistance/ for details and to apply.
- The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants has resources for tenants.
New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that applications are now being accepted for the New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund (NYS HAF), a program that will provide up to $539 million in aid or other direct assistance to help eligible homeowners who are at risk of default, foreclosure, or displacement due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic. For details, visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-applications-now-being-accepted-539-million-homeowner-assistance
- Visit NYC’s portal for COVID-19 information and the NYC DOHMH’s main page for COVID-19 information.
- The number for the NYC 24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Visit New York State’s main page for COVID-19 information.
- Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
Bronx Virtual COVID-19 Memorial
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has launched a virtual memorial to Bronxites who lost their lives to COVID-19. There are two parts to the memorial: a video honoring those who were lost and a memorial page on our website. To submit the name of a Bronxite for inclusion on the memorial page, please fill out this form.
Education & Youth
- Visit the New York City Department of Education website for details on school.
- For the latest on New York City’s vaccine mandate for DOE staff, visit: https://infohub.nyced.org/working-with-the-doe/covid-19-resources/covid-19-vaccination-mandate