What's New

  • COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New York City as the weather gets colder. The health department is reporting more than 2,600 new infections per day.
  • COVID transmission is considered “medium” or “high” throughout New York City, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In counties with the latter designation, the agency recommends masking for everyone and extra precautions for people at high risk of severe disease.
  • We’re streamlining this page to focus on the data that matters most at this point in the pandemic, so you may notice fewer charts and less text on this page going forward.
  • The CDC has switched from daily to weekly updates on COVID cases and deaths, so some charts and tables will update more infrequently than in the past, and the number of new cases in each update will be larger.

The charts, tables and maps on this page refresh with the latest data every day, but we update the article’s text about once a week. The last text update happened on November 10th.

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Recent Trends

These charts portray New York City’s primary COVID statistics over the last 90 days. Confirmed infections declined throughout the summer but have since increased substantially, echoing case trends in Europe.

This map shows COVID-19 hospitalizations over the last 28 days. Hospitalization rates tend to be higher in parts of the city where fewer people are vaccinated.

Most of New York City’s data is released on a three-day lag. Data for the most recent days is typically provisional. The department revises the data for older dates as new tallies arrive, so numbers for each date may change slightly over time.

Vaccinations

New York City’s vaccine campaign started with early hiccups, caused mostly by inclement weather and limited federal supplies of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Since then, though, most New Yorkers have opted for at least the initial course of vaccines. The boosters have been less popular, however.

Vaccination rates still vary widely among neighborhoods—from 54% in Borough Park to 100% in Midtown Manhattan.

About 88% of New Yorkers over the age of 55 are fully vaccinated. But the oldest New Yorkers are still behind: Just 64% of those over age 85 are fully inoculated. Black and white New Yorkers also remain undervaccinated.

According to the latest city data, half of school-age children and 82% of teens are fully vaccinated. Younger children became eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines in mid-June, but just 9% have gotten at least one shot.

Variants

Viruses mutate, much like any microorganism or creature with a genome. Coronavirus variants will pose a perpetual threat to unvaccinated people until infection rates are driven to zero.

Research suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines may not be as effective against infections caused by the delta and omicron variants, but the drugs can still protect against severe disease, especially after boosters. Hospitalizations and deaths are low for people who take a full course of vaccines.

NYC Pandemic Over Time

These charts show how cases and hospitalizations evolved throughout every borough and citywide.

COVID-19 Pandemic In New York, New Jersey And Connecticut

Parts of New York outside of the five boroughs were hit harder by the state’s second wave relative to its first, a pattern that applied to New Jersey and Connecticut, too. Cases and deaths in all three states decreased dramatically as vaccines became widely available but surged again during the omicron wave.

In late February, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance to recommend universal masking only when hospitalizations and cases are very high and hospital capacity is limited. Right now, that designation applies to a handful of counties in the tri-state area. In early July, amid rising cases, New York City’s health department took its own COVID alert level system off its website, saying it was “re-evaluating” the rubric. And in September, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state was lifting its mask mandate for public transit.