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Is It Safe to Travel to New York Right Now During Covid in OCT. 2021?
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Is It Safe to Travel to New York Right Now During Covid in OCT. 2021?

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Is It Safe to Travel to New York Right Now During Covid in OCT. 2021?

New York is considered a risk zone as the Covid-19 cases are surging due to a delta variant.

As of August 16, all New Yorkers are requested to use their “Key to NYC Pass” to access indoor activities. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted all state-mandated coronavirus restrictions after 70% of adult New Yorkers had received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19. 

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Current Covid situatin in New York City

Source: Google News

Sept 12-25: +26,827 in New York City

Current COVID situation in New York State

New York has reported nearly 2.4 million cases and 54,718 deaths.

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Vaccination progress in New York State

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Latest Updates

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September 26 – COVID-19 vaccine mandate for NYC educators temporarily blocked

A federal court has temporarily blocked the coronavirus mandate for teachers. Followingly, the case was sent to a three-judge circuit court panel review.

The mandate was set to come into effect on Monday, September 27, and required all educators of NYC to show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was no testing alternative, as Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on August 31.

NYC Department of Education does not expect the decision to be made before Wednesday. However, press secretary Danielle Filson is confident the mandate will be approved.

Source: CNN

August 31 – New York won’t implement mandatory vaccine for school staff

Even though a number of other U.S. states opt for mandatory vaccination of education employees, New York won’t implement a vaccination mandate for its school staff.

Instead, it will require weekly testing for the vaccinated, announced Gov. Kathy Hochul today. She sees it as a compromise.

On the other hand, she isn’t open to discussion about wearing masks in schools. ‘I announced, and wanted to give enough notice, that we will have a mask mandate,’ she said stressing protecting the people of the state was now most important.

Source: ABC7 NY

Where to get a COVID-19 Vaccine in New York?

Locals can book their vaccine appointments here,

What can tourists do in New York City now?

Outdoor activities like riding a bike, walking through a park, or just strolling around the city are safe as long as unvaccinated visitors avoid overcrowded areas and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. 

New York’s Health Care System and Response Capacity

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When it comes to medical service in the United States people get what they pay for. Extensively documented research has shown that black and Latino communities are not only more likely than white people to be exposed to COVID-19, require hospitalization, but also die due to the medical facilities and inadequate equipment at the hospitals they have access to.

On the other hand, at the private medical centers in Manhattan, Patients have access to cutting edge technology, specialized drugs and around the clock care. Most of these patients, however, have some of the best insurance plans that cover COVID-19 treatments.

For foreigners who have insurance that covers COVID, it is strongly recommended to double-check with the insurance broker to what extent they will be covered in case they get sick. Many of these companies have multiple “only if” restrictions on their plans. 

UPDATES ARCHIVES:

August 13 – Hospitalizations in New York quadruple as the Delta variant continues to spread.

For the first time in three months, New York has seen more than 1,300 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

On Tuesday, August 10, it reported 1,367 hospitalizations. On Thursday, August 12, nearly 1,450 New Yorkers suffering from coronavirus were hospitalized. Compared to 339 hospitalizations registered on July 10, the numbers almost quadrupled.

The rising number of people in hospitals comes as the more contagious Delta variant continues to spread in the state. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units is also around four times higher than reported a month ago.

Source: Newsweek, NBC New York

August 6 – New York to require “Key to NYC Pass” to access indoor activities from August 16.

As other major cities in the world, New York will request visitors and locals to bring their “Key to NYC Pass” to unlock access to indoor bars, restaurants, and gyms from August 16. 

“When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in New York City,” he said. “If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday.

De Blasio also announced that his team is working with the business community to get some input over the next few weeks. 

The final details of the policy will be announced one week before Aug. 16.

“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” de Blasio said. 

Source: The New York Times

July 28 – Governor Cuomo “seriously considering” to reverse indoor mask wearing lifting in New York.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that everyone, even fully vaccinated people should start wearing face masks again after noticing that not only unvaccinated but also vaccinated people are spreading the Delta variant. 

Earlier today, Gov. Cuomo told a business group his administration is still reviewing the recommendation but that local governments reporting high levels of transmission should “seriously consider” adopting the recommendation. 

He also announced that New York state employees should be fully vaccinated by September 6 or will face “aggressive testing requirements”.

Source: NBC New York

July 15 – COVID-19 cases surge in New York but the city is still safe

New York City is experiencing a notable increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks. Most of the new infections have been reported in neighborhoods with low vaccination rates, according to official data. 

With more than 400 new cases per day, the positivity rate went from 0.6 percent to 1.3 percent in only 2 weeks.

On July 14, the New York Health Department said that 98.8% of the 8,163 people who have lost their lives to the virus in 2021 were not vaccinated. 

According to a Yale University study, vaccinations have “prevented about 250,000 COVID-19 cases, 44,000 hospitalizations and 8,300 deaths in the city.”

As for now, the city will not introduce further restrictions. 

Source: The New York Times

June 23 – Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted all COVID-19 related restrictions as the city is safer now

New York is safer than ever. Last week, Gov. Coumo announced the lifting of all remaining COVID-19 related restrictions as the state managed to immunize more than 70 percent of its adult population. 

“It is an important milestone, and we’re going to keep pushing to do more,” said Coumo at a press conference. 

Unvaccinated locals and visitors should still wear a face mask in indoor settings, as recommended by CDC. 

(Source: New York Gov.)

June 6 – New York City has reopened multiple places and activities in June. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio is determined to bring New York City back to its old self. 

The celebrated MTA music program resumed for the first time since the pandemic struck. 

Locals and visitors were able to enjoy the more than a dozen musical artists who performed at stations across the city last Friday.

Also, 250 city senior centers were reopened for outdoor services and will reopen indoor programs on June 14. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are welcome. 

“We know our seniors have deeply missed the opportunity to be together. We also know seniors bore the brunt of the COVID crisis,” said de Blasio.

(Source: CCS New York)

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New York safe to visit - COVID-19
New York safe to visit - COVID-19

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