Guidance from the NYS Dept of Health

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The recommendations are changing rapidly for COVID-19. Keep yourself updated by visiting the New York State Department of Health website.

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(Updated 1/13/2022)

June 15, 2021 Update

On June 15, 2021,Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted immediately as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. The State's health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and personal care services, among other commercial settings. 
Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance. Consistent with the State's implementation of the recent CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. Further, the State's health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.

Nursing Home Visitation Update 

Per New York State Department of Health Advisory Update January 12, 2022


Due to the current Omicron COVID-19 outbreak throughout New York, the New York State Department of Health has implemented the following requirements for all visitors entering a nursing home in New York State during the duration of the Omicron outbreak: 

  •  All visitors must: 
    • Mask: Wear a well-fitting non-surgical paper mask or a mask of higher quality (i.e., surgical mask, KN95 or N95) at all times during any visitation. A cloth mask may be placed over the paper mask. The masks must cover both the nose and the mouth; and physically distance from facility personnel and other patients
    • Test: Visitors must have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result one day prior to visitation for antigen tests and two days prior to visitation for NAAT (e.g. PCR) tests. All visitors may use either NAAT testing or antigen testing 

NYSDOH Nursing Home Visitation and Guidance

(Updated 1/13/2022) 

Parents and College Students, Keep Current with COVID-19 Data


Two new data dashboards are being released to monitor COVID-19 at SUNY colleges and universities and local schools.

New York State launched a COVID tracker to monitor cases at SUNY colleges and universities. The Department of Health will be issuing regulations to require colleges to notify the state when they have 100 COVID-19 cases and could have to transition to remote learning. To address, monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID across SUNY, New York also launched a case tracker database for SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Updated daily, the dashboard will provide case counts for each individual campus, among other data. 

NYSDOH Dashboard for COVID-19 in schools will be up and running when data starts to come into the system. (9/9/2020)

October 9, 2020-Student Athletes and Face Coverings

Are school athletes required to wear a face mask while competing? Yes. This is unless the student athlete can not tolerate a face covering for the physical activity. The coaches, trainers, and other people not playing are required to wear a face covering. 

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) guidance states: 

General Considerations (All Sports): 

  1. Responsible Parties must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.

(Updated 10/22/2020)

COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

Disability alone may not be related to higher risk for getting COVID-19 or having severe illness. Most people with disabilities are not inherently at higher risk for becoming infected with or having severe illness from COVID-19.  However, some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions.  All people seem to be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they have serious underlying chronic medical conditions like chronic lung disease, a serious heart condition, or a weakened immune system. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than adults without disabilities to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. (Updated 7/20/2020)

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New York State Department of Health releases guidance to healthcare workers and entities via the Health Commerce System (HIN). The notifications are under the "Important Health Notifications" section. Each provider office should have one representative that receives these notifications. 

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(Updated 5/19/2020)