Health commissioner urges at-risk residents to limit non-essential activities to keep hospital capacity under control

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYC Health Commissioner on Tuesday advised older adults and those with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness to limit their groups activities outside the home.

Dr. David Chokshi advised those to stay in and stop non-essential activities, only leaving home to travel to work or school, or for routine care and other important health-related activities including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.

"I know that some people face a much greater risk for more serious illness from COVID-19," Dr. Chokshi said. "This includes people who are older, who have a underlying health conditions. That's why today I'm issuing a Commissioners Notice that warns at-risk New Yorkers about the growth of COVID and urges appropriate precautions."

The advisory also applies to household members and caregivers of these individuals as state and city authorities continue to work to try to keep hospital capacity under control amid a surge in coronavirus' positivity rates.

The current statewide positivity rate is 4.96 percent with the positivity rate in New York City showing a spike on Tuesday from tests gathered over the Thanksgiving weekend.

As of Monday, there were 647,980 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 26,744 confirmed fatalities in New York, according to the Department of Health.