New York City’s health commissioner on Tuesday advised older residents and people with underlying health conditions to avoid nonessential activities outside their homes as the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the city reached a level not seen since early June.

At-risk New Yorkers could still go to the grocery store, work and school, but should limit their interactions with other people, according to city health officials. New Yorkers who live with or care for vulnerable residents were also urged to reduce nonessential activities outside their homes.

Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, said at a news conference that the latest data showed the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the city surpassed 1,100, more than double the amount less than three week ago.

“This escalation unfortunately follows a tragically familiar pattern—cases grow, hospitalizations follow, and sadly too many result in critical illness or even death,” Dr. Chokshi said.

The daily share of Covid-19 tests in the city that were positive was 5.72% on Sunday, according to the most recently available city data. The city’s seven-day average positivity rate was 4.14%, the data showed. On Oct. 1, the daily positivity rate was 1.52%, and the seven-day average positivity rate was 1.59%.

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