New tool provides clues about exposure and isolation – NBC New York

The recent wave of COVID-19, which is increasing case and hospitalization rates across America and in New York City, has led many to seek updated guidance on exposure and isolation — especially for people who are fully vaccinated. Here’s some help.

The NYC Test & Trace Corps has launched an expanded COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guide tool that provides New Yorkers with more direct links to ordering care options, including oral antiviral prescriptions and monoclonal antibody treatments.

The tool provides personalized guidance to New Yorkers who have been exposed to, tested positive for, or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All you have to do is choose which scenario applies to you and answer the following questions. Once you have answered these, you will be provided with quarantine or isolation guidance tailored to your unique situation.

You won’t be asked for any personal identifying information to use the tool, but if you’re eligible and requesting a “Take Care” package that’s full of articles to help you isolate safely, some of those details will be required . The care packages each contain enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for a household of three for up to 10 days, including medical masks, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and two rapid antigen tests.

If you or a loved one needs immediate assistance, please call the NYC Test & Trace Corps COVID hotline at 212-COVID19.

New Yorkers can also arrange for free meal delivery so they can stay safe at home. To date, Test & Trace has shipped over 640,000 care packages and delivered over 2.3 million meals to New Yorkers in quarantine or isolation. Eligible users are also directed to the Virtual ExpressCare website or 212-COVID19 where they can be connected to a doctor who can refer them to monoclonal antibody treatment or prescribe oral antiviral medications such as Paxlovid and arrange for their delivery.

The latest push comes more than a week after the city raised its COVID alert level to high as it grapples with rising case and hospitalization rates. Almost 90% of all counties in the state are now classified by the CDC as high or moderate risk for the spread of COVID.

And More of America is also changing the wrong color on the CDC’s map. The COVID-19 subvariant, which public health officials believe is significantly more contagious than the first descendant of the potent Omicron strain, is now the dominant strain in the United States, the agency said in its latest weekly update.

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