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Office of Emergency

Preparedness & Response


December 12th, 2022

Good morning providers,

Please see the below NYC Health Commissioner’s Advisory regarding indoor masking.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Health Advisory: Indoor Masking

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH) Commissioner issued a Health Advisory that strongly recommends New York City residents to use high-quality masks when indoors and in crowded outdoor settings as NYC Faces high levels of COVID-19, Influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The Commissioner’s Health Advisory further urges residents to take extra precautions such as vaccination, testing, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick.

Everyone, even if vaccinated and even if they have had COVID-19 or flu before, should wear a mask as follows:

a. Wear a mask at all times when in an indoor public setting, including inside stores, offices, lobbies, hallways, elevators, public transportation, schools, childcare facilities, and other public shared spaces, and when in a crowded outdoor setting.

b. Wear a mask if sick and unable to separate from others, such as when traveling to and from a health care provider, picking up groceries, and when in shared living spaces.

c. For people who have tested positive for COVID-19, per CDC and New York State guidance, in addition to isolating at home for at least 5 days, wear a mask at all times whenever in public or around other people for at least 10 days after their symptoms began (or, if they had no symptoms, for 10 days after their test date).

In addition to wearing a high-quality mask, everyone should take the following precautions:

1. Stay up to date on their COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, even if they have been vaccinated against these viruses previously. For COVID-19, all eligible people should get the updated bivalent booster shot, even if they have had COVID-19 or received COVID19 booster shots previously.

1. Get tested for COVID-19 and flu right away if they have symptoms, and, in addition, get tested for COVID-19 before and after travel or large gatherings, before visiting someone at high risk for complications for COVD-19, and 5 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 (or sooner if symptoms develop).

1. Stay home if sick (and do not send children to school or day care if they are sick) and avoid close contact with others.

1. Follow good hand hygiene, including washing their hands often or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available; not touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and covering their coughs and sneezes with the arm or a tissue.

1. Contact their health care provider if they have symptoms of respiratory illness – including cough, congestion or other signs of a cold – to find out whether they need testing, care, or treatment. In case of emergency, people should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

To find a nearby COVID-19 and flu vaccination provider, visit NYC Vaccine Finder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment at certain sites, and for other vaccination assistance.

Thank you,

Benjamin Strong

Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response

NYC Aging

Poison Prevention Newsletter  
January 2023

About  Us

The NYC Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons, plants, medicines or questions about medicine safety. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice. All calls are free and confidential. Translator services are provided in more than 150 languages.

Call: 212-POISONS (212-764-7667)

Contact Us

Useful Links

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Request free multilingual prevention and medicine safety materials.


Poison Prevention and Medicine Safety virtual workshops are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. To schedule a virtual presentation for parents, staff or older adults, fill out the request form here.

Online Training

Our online training teaches key messages about poison prevention in the home. A certificate will be emailed after completion of the training and post-test. Access the training now!

The winter months may seem quiet, but they also bring seasonal risks. Cold weather, ice, snow, and illnesses can lead to potential poisoning exposures. Here are some reminders to keep you and your loved ones safe in the coming months. 

Store Winter Products Safely

Snow salt and ice melt can cause irritation and burns. Ingesting even a small amount of antifreeze can be dangerous. Always store these products in their original containers and away from children and pets. 

Keep Pets Safe in Winter
Snow, ice melt and other chemicals can irritate paws. Wipe their paws and stomach with a damp towel when coming inside the home. Never use bleach or disinfectant wipes to clean paws. Keep products, plants and medicines out of reach of pets. 

Manage Medicines Safely
Keep track of medicine with a pill box, medicine list and log. Be sure that your medicine list is up to date and review with the health care provider and pharmacist. If treating flu-like symptoms, always check with the Poison Control Center to make sure you are not taking or giving medicines with the same active ingredient. 

For more medicine safety tips, download our "You Can Take Medicines Safely" brochure here. 

Free January  Webinars
Join us in January! The NYC Health Department's Education and Community Partnership Unit and Poison Control Center offer FREE virtual multilingual workshops on winter safety tips, home safety and more. All participants receive a certificate. The full schedule and the links for registration can be accessed here.

Lincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting. This program is free of charge and registration is required. 


Explore the Spring 2023 Performance Calendar at 


Virtual Programs 

Virtual programs are 90 minutes long, including live or recorded performances by artists and activities facilitated by educators and music therapists that explore the work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making. These programs are open to audiences impacted by dementia anywhere in the world with access to Zoom. 


In-Person Programs 


Performances at 11:00 am are Relaxed Performances, designed for a neurodiverse audience. In addition to audiences impacted by dementia, these performances are also open to adults with developmental disabilities. 


Performances at 1:00 pm are followed by an hour-long workshop specially designed for audiences impacted by dementia—facilitated by educators and music therapists that explore the work through discussion, movement, music, and art-making. 


For everyone’s health and safety, masks are required at all in-person programs. Additional COVID-19 safety precautions will be communicated to registered attendees before each event. In-person programs will be held on Lincoln Center’s campus in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse.  


To join the community and access registration, please fill out this registration form or contact or 212-875-5375. 




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