New York City raised its COVID alert level to medium on Monday as cases surpassed a rate of 200 per 100,000 people in the five boroughs, health officials said. It marks the first time the health department has adjusted that level since debuting the new system under Mayor Eric Adams’ administration earlier this year.

Manhattan and Staten Island, respectively, have the highest transmission rates per 100,000 residents, the latest health data show, but it’s the first borough that is having a disproportionate impact on the city’s overall rolling new case rate.

Those two boroughs are also now classified as “medium” COVID alert counties by the CDC. And while the new case rates are clearly ascending, they remain well below what they were during omicron’s peak surge in January.

Understanding COVID-19 Alert Levels in NYC (PDF)

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