NYC health commissioner tells New Yorkers over 65 and those with underlying ...

NYC health commissioner tells New Yorkers over 65 and those with underlying conditions to stay home as city launches major blood drive amid 'chronic deficit' and surging COVID cases Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi appeared with Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday The advisory is 'effective immediately' officials said, urging older adults and people with underlying health conditions to limit activities outside the home  Governor Andrew Cuomo later clarified that the announcement was 'not a restriction' and said senior citizens are 'not imprisoned in your own home'  The city’s daily positive-test rate is 5.7%; its seven-day rolling average is 4.14% As a result a major blood drive has been launched with the aim of collecting 25,000 blood, plasma, and platelet donations over the Holiday season Mayor's office says COVID has 'created a chronic deficit in blood donations'

By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:27 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 18:50 GMT, 1 December 2020

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New York City officials have told New Yorkers over 65 and those with underlying conditions to stay home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi appeared alongside Bill de Blasio Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement. 

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A statement read: 'Effective immediately, the City's Health Commissioner is advising older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness to limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.'

Governor Andrew Cuomo later clarified that the announcement was 'not a restriction' and said senior citizens are 'not imprisoned in your own home'. He told reporters: 'There is no restriction on people over 70 leaving their home.' 

Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi appeared alongside Bill de Blasio Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement

The mayor's office say the pandemic has 'created a chronic deficit in blood donations'

Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, left, appeared alongside Bill de Blasio, right, Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement

The NYC advisory issued Tuesday 'also applies to household members and caregivers of these individuals'. 

'Those covered by this advisory should also wear a face covering at all times indoors and

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