NYC's COVID risk alert downgraded to 'medium': 'We are winning the fight'

People walk past a COVID testing site on May 17, 2022 in New York City.
People walk past a COVID testing site on May 17, 2022 in New York City. Photo credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City's COVID-19 threat has been reduced to a "medium" risk level, city officials announced Tuesday, praising New Yorkers for "stepping up" as the city now sees the "other side" of its latest pandemic curve.

"Day after day, New Yorkers are stepping up and doing their part, and because of our collective efforts we are winning the fight against COVID-19," Mayor Eric Adams and the city's health commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, said in a statement.

"We’re grateful to New Yorkers for their continued attention and vigilance as we’ve made our way through to the other side of this wave, and, as a result, we’re pleased to announce that New York has fallen into the 'medium' risk category," they continued. "This surge has taught us a lot about how the virus is currently behaving, and how to prepare for the coming weeks and months."

Back in May, officials warned of "high community spread" that was putting "significant pressure" on the health care system when the city entered the "high" COVID-risk alert.

However, now New York City officials are touting a number of factors contributing to the "winning" battle against the pandemic.

More than 55,000 courses of the antiviral Paxlovid through home delivery already this year, in addition to the thousands of courses issued through providers, helping reduce the severity of those infected with COVID-19.

In addition, the NYC Test and Trace Corps has distributed more than 16.5 million at-home tests to New Yorkers over the last month and over 33 million tests since January to help keep New Yorkers home when infected.

The city moved from a "high" risk to a  "medium" risk on Tuesday.
The city moved from a "high" risk to a "medium" risk on Tuesday. Photo credit NYC.gov

With COVID cases per 100,000 now at 240.4 and hospitalizations per 100,000 having fallen to 9.8, officials said the current risk alert system shows the risk has fallen to a "medium" risk threshold.

Still, the "medium" risk alert urges people in the city wear masks and public outdoor settings and to get vaccinated and boosted.

Adams and Vasan called vaccines "no greater defense" in their statement on Tuesday.

"Testing, vaccinations, treatments, and masking have been vital tools to keep people alive and out of the hospital," both said. "But we know there remains no greater defense agains this virus than vaccination, which is why we’re pleased that young children are now eligible for the protection they deserve, and can’t wait to begin under-5 vaccination tomorrow."

Tuesday's announcement came as The Broadway League dropped it's mask mandate at all 41 New York City theaters.

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