Lida Darmian, fully vaccinated and boosted, tested positive for COVID right at the beginning of the Omicron wave in New York City. Darmian had heard about the NYC Take Care program, which offers anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 the resources to quarantine in a hotel, free of charge. With three roommates, Darmian had a couple of options for protecting those around her: She could stay in a hotel on her own accord, but she feared exposing more people there, or she could head to a Take Care hotel. On December 17, 2021, she embarked on her four-night stay.
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