New York City Reaches High COVID Alert Level

Mayor Eric Adams is not planning on reinstating mask mandates.

Mayor Eric Adams is not planning on reinstating mask mandates.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in New York City. According to New York’s health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the city is experiencing a high concentration of fresh infections, which in turn are putting a demonstrably higher strain on New York’s healthcare system. As such, the COVID alert level is currently set to “high.”

“We’re in an environment of rising risk, but we’ve got all sorts of tools to help keep us safe,” Dr. Vasan told CNN. “We have a strong mask culture in this city … where people are taking those precautions on subways and indoor settings.”

“So that’s what we’re asking New Yorkers to do now, is to just ramp up those activities and take those extra precautions,” he said. “We are no longer in an emergency even though we’re still in this pandemic.”

While health officials are recommending New Yorkers don masks in indoor settings and public transport, Mayor Eric Adams is not planning on reinstating the mask mandate.

“I’m proud of what we are doing and how we are not allowing Covid to outstmart us,” Mayor Adams said at a news conference. “We’re staying prepared and not panicking.”

“Variants are going to come,” he said. “If every variant that comes, we move into shutdown thoughts, we move into panicking, we’re not going to function as a city.”

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