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Coronavirus Information & Resources

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The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global “pandemic.”

Citing “alarming levels of spread and severity” and “alarming levels of inaction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized that “all countries can still change the course of this epidemic.”

The WHO’s movement to designate the outbreak as a pandemic does not concretely signify a substantial change. The WHO is urging nations to coordinate in responding to the coronavirus outbreak through measures like social distancing, rather than merely trying to contain the outbreak by closing borders.

In New York City, the Health Department is urging residents to stay home if they feel ill and avoid close contact with other people who are sick. They also encourage workers to consider telecommuting, biking, or walking to work if possible, and to stagger working hours.

The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a national emergency in New York and New Jersey.

For more resources related to New York City and the surrounding area, please visit:

            New York City Health Department

            New York State Health Department

            New Jersey Department of Health

            Connecticut Department of Public Health

            Centers for Disease Control and Prevention