Get Tested for COVID-19
The COVID-19 diagnostic test is safe, free, and easy. A nasal swab, oral swab or saliva sample may be used. You do NOT need insurance to get a diagnostic test. You should get a COVID-19 test if you:
- Have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of appetite or smell), regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation.
- Come in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms.
- Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter or adult care facility), regardless of whether you have symptoms.
- Visit nyc.gov/covidtestto find a community testing site near you.
- Share a reminder to get tested.Graphics are available in multiple languages.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC-C) Update
The CDC has confirmed that Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, formerly called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, is linked to COVID-19. To keep children safe, continue good hygiene, use face coverings, and practice social distancing.
Call your pediatrician immediately if your child has symptoms. Common symptoms include: persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, enlarged lymph nodes (glands) on one side of the neck, red or pink eyes, red cracked lips or red tongue, or swollen hands and feet.
- If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. Early detection is critical.
As of May 19, 147 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals. Among the cases, 69 tested positive for COVID-19 or antibodies, and 1 has been fatality reported.
- Visit the Health Department’s website for more information.
- View the Department of Education’s MIS-C letters for all families.
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Request a Mail-In Ballot by June 16 to Vote Safely from Home
New Yorkers can vote safely from home for the presidential, state, and local primaries by requesting a mail-in ballot by June 16. Mail-in ballots must be signed, completed, and mailed-in by June 22 for the primary election on June 23.
- Go to nycabsentee.comto complete your mail-in ballot request online and check “Temporary Illness” on the application. You can also call the New York City Board of Elections at 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) to request a mail-in ballot.
- For other questions regarding voting, visit nyccfb.info/nyc-votesand nyc.gov/democracynyc.
New Emergency Relief Program for Survivors of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence
A new emergency financial relief program for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence will provide funding for immediate safety, economic, and housing needs currently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Sanctuary for Families, the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) will leverage its network of service providers to distribute funds to directly support survivors in need across the city. Funding for this program is provided by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
Feeding New York
NYC has served 32 million total meals across all City programs since the COVID-19 crisis began. The City will be providing over 1 million meals per day through Emergency Food Delivery by next week. There are over 500,000 grab-and-go meals per day at 500 schools citywide.
- The City is working with about 30 food providers, as well as actively hiring and expanding non-profit and for-profit providers to increase capacity, variety and cultural-competence.
- If food quality or variety does not meet standards, the City is working to quickly address concerns directly with the food providers. The City has already ended contracts with two providers who were not meeting the standards. If you have an issue or feedback to report, contact the Emergency Home Food Delivery Program.
Take Out, Don’t Hang Out: Dining at Restaurants is Not Permitted
The NYC Office of NightLife and NYPD are placing posters across the city and reminding New Yorkers of social distancing guidelines for restaurant and bar takeout.
Summer Activities for All Students
There are fewer summer activities than usual and students are more isolated from peers and their school community. To support children and families, NYC is working with private partners, libraries and museums to launch new resources and activities to keep students engaged this summer. Activities include: virtual clubs, virtual field trip and tours, educational TV and radio programming, and academic prep and acceleration.
- NYC teens and young adults can find free resources to stay safe and active at home, including virtual activities, subscriptions, and emotional support tips at nyc.gov/funathome.
Upcoming Bystander Intervention Trainings and reporting town halls :
Visit nyc.gov/StopCOVIDHate for information on how to report hate and bias incidents related to COVID-19; learn more about New Yorkers’ COVID-19-related rights and protections in employment, housing, and in all public places; access victim and mental health support; and for information on upcoming Bystander Intervention Trainings in your language.
- Mandarin Language Bystander Intervention Training (Wednesday, May 27 at 3 p.m.)
- Tagalog Language Bias Incidents & Hate Crimes Reporting Town Hall (Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m.)
- Japanese Language Bias Incidents & Hate Crimes Reporting Town Hall (Thursday, June 4 at 3 p.m.)
Translated Graphic: Taking Care of Yourself and Others at Home
If you or someone you live with is sick, you can take care and slow the spread of COVID-19 by creating physical distance, covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, and throwing tissues into the garbage immediately after use.
- View and share this new graphic from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in multiple languages.
Resources for Avoiding COVID-related Scams
Scammers have come up with numerous ways to defraud people in connection with COVID-19. These scams may be phone calls, emails, text messages, or sometimes even in person. It is important to be aware of them and know what to do if you encounter one.
The City is hiring contact tracers and supervisory contact tracers. Contact tracers conduct telephone interviews with people diagnosed with COVID-19, trace contacts exposed to COVID-19, and connect New Yorkers with resources to help them recover and effectively isolate, whether that is at home or in a hotel. It is crucial that these positions are filled by people who represent the communities most affected by COVID-19.
- Learn more at nychealthandhospitals.org/careers.
New COVID-19 Data Resource
The Health Department released an updated COVID-19 data page detailing additional demographic information about how the outbreak is affecting New York City. The data reveals the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color, with Black and Latino New Yorkers dying around twice the rate of their White counterparts when adjusted for age.
Open Streets Now Visible on Google Maps
The City will open 13 more miles of car-free streets to pedestrians and cyclists this weekend to help New Yorkers practice safe social distancing.The new Open Streets and bike lanes bring the City’s total to 43 miles of streets since the program was announced in April.
- View the complete list of Open Streets at nyc.gov/openstreets.