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New York City ‘strongly’ requests masks amid ‘high levels’ of COVID, flu, RSV

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The New York City Department of Health issued an advisory on Friday urging residents to wear a mask in certain situations amid “high levels of COVID-19, influenza and RSV.”

In a Friday press release, the New York City Health Department said “high-quality masks” should be worn “indoors and in crowded outdoor settings.”

The notice states that “everyone should wear a mask” when “in an indoor public place, including inside shops, offices, lobbies, corridors, elevators, public transport common, schools, daycare centers and other shared public spaces.

“The festive season is about getting together and there is a way to get together safely – even though respiratory viruses in our city are unusually high,” said Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan. “It starts with protecting you. Vaccinations and boosters are key, but so are common sense precautions like masking up indoors or among crowds and staying home if you’re feeling unwell. “Also, get tested before you get together and get treatment quickly if you test positive. We want everyone to have a happy and – most importantly – healthy holiday.”

LOS ANGELES COVID CASES ARISE, BUT COUNTY HOLDS BACK MASK MANDATE

New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan speaks to members of the media during a press conference ahead of the opening of a mass monkeypox vaccination site at the Bushwick Education Campus in Brooklyn on July 17, 2022 in New York City. – New York on the US East Coast has already administered or scheduled 21,500 vaccines and hopes to speed up the process, promising more than 30,000 shots for the entire state.
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While New York City awaits a mask mandate, Los Angeles County is considering reinstating its mask mandate as it recently reentered the federal government’s “high” activity category for COVID-19.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the rate of cases was increasing by 6% every day.

FDA ALLOWS BIVALENT COVID-19 REMINDER PHOTOS FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5

A man, wearing a protective face mask, walks past while others wait at a street corner where a man sleeps on a sidewalk, outside a subway station, in the Queens borough of New York, United States, April 18 2022.

A man, wearing a protective face mask, walks past while others wait at a street corner where a man sleeps on a sidewalk, outside a subway station, in the Queens borough of New York, United States, April 18 2022.
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Ferrer said the department would issue a mask order if the percentage of COVID-19 patients reaches 10% and the county remains under “high” activity for COVID-19 for two consecutive weeks.

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Eagle Rock, CA - August 30: Dr. Barbara Ferrer, center, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Eagle Rock, CA – August 30: Dr. Barbara Ferrer, center, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

According to FOX 11, the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is 6.9%.

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.

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