Health Commissioner Urges Older New Yorkers To Stay Home

On Tuesday, December 1, NYC Department of Health Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi issued a new warning to older adults and those with preexisting conditions. The warning comes after hospitalizations in NYC and New York State have increased to levels not seen since this summer.

The statement advises older New Yorkers and anyone with an underlying health condition to “limit activities outside your home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.”

Chokshi’s advisory adds that all New Yorkers, but especially those in the categories above, should wear face coverings both outdoor and indoors, “including around household members, where such household members have symptoms of COVID-19, a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, or frequent interactions with the public.”

The full advisory letter can be read here or on Twitter.

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