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If you have tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important to take isolation seriously. With the current CDC recommendations that will mean a stay at home for 10 days after the symptoms.

If that’s not possible in your living arrangements, help could be at hand from New York City. NYC residents can isolate in a hotel, free of charge, if they live with someone who is vulnerable to the virus, if they have apartments where distancing is impossible or in residences with a shared bathroom or bedroom.

For the third day in a row, a record number of cases were reported in NY State. Those who tested positive with a self-test that wasn’t sent to the lab are not in that daily figure of 22,478.

The city’s “COVID-19 Hotel Program” aims to make the isolation more convenient for those who live with other people. A medical provider will assess your situation and then refer you to a hotel, if appropriate, to help you self-isolate, free of charge, for up to 14 days — and that includes food, linens, and local phone service for eligible New Yorkers

New York City’s Test and Trace Corps say that if someone passes COVID-19 on to you today. you could be contagious to others within 2-3 days. Then, it will take 4-5 days before you will test positive and you will be contagious for 10 days from the start of your symptoms.

The hotel offer can extend to people who have not tested positive for the virus but who live with someone who has.

For more information about the program, call 311 or 844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692) between 9am-9pm or check www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/get-help/covid-19-hotel-program.page

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