Advice to Employers

Layered prevention strategies — like staying up to date on vaccines, screening testing, ventilation and wearing masks — can help limit severe disease and reduce the potential for strain on the healthcare system. CDC recommends using county COVID-19 Community Levels to help determine which COVID-19 prevention measures to use for individuals  and communities.

Some community settings such as schools and some high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters might include additional layers of prevention (e.g., physical distancing, contact tracing)  High-risk congregate settings may implement added prevention as needed in the event of a facility outbreak even if COVID-19 Community Levels in the surrounding community are low. Daily we are monitoring health equity in vaccine distribution and assessing hospitalization data to ensure access to high quality healthcare. Please note that recommendations based on COVID-19 Community Levels may not apply to healthcare settings such as hospitals or long-term care facilities. 

Even if you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission

Guidance Document for Businesses from the CDC

NYSDOH Business Guidance Information

(Updated 12/4/2023)

A Gentle Reminder for Businesses

If employees are ill (cough, fever and shortness of breath) they should stay home until they are fully recovered.

Healthcare providers make the decision to test for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is available at local pharmacies and Urgent Care centers. 

YOU are the best defense against COVID-19!

Help to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, getting a your recommended COVID-19 vaccine, washing your hands and cleaning frequently touched surfaces. Best advice: Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19!

(Updated 9/26/2022)