By implementing safe practices and looking out for one another, WE ARE CHURCH TOGETHER!
As of 11.24.20
Over the past six days, the United States recorded 1 million new COVID cases. The virus is spreading across the country and we see its impact in New York now too. The statewide positivity rate is above 3%. It's not an Upstate or Downstate issue—cases are increasing throughout the state and all New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, must take action to protect themselves and each other.
LOOK UP your address to see if you live in a COVID-19 Hot Spot Zone and take precautions as always
NYS is opening an emergency facility in Staten Island to respond to the rising cases.
NYC public school buildings will close beginning November 19
. All students will learn remotely. Click HERE
for more information.
COVID ALERT NY APP
Download the COVID Alert NY
app today and help NY stop the spread!
CLUSTER ACTION INITIATIVE
New York is taking further action to protect our state's progress and aggressively respond to clusters emerging in specific areas of the state. In consultation with national public health experts, NYS announced the new Cluster Action Initiative to attack these clusters head-on with surgical precision to stop the spread. This action maps the clusters by density of cases.
The initiative consists of three steps: Take strong action within the cluster; take action in the area surrounding the cluster to stop the spread; and then take precautionary action in the outlying communities. The clusters and outlying areas are separated into red
colored zones with corresponding levels of restrictions as explained HERE
New York announced new and modified COVID-19 micro-cluster zones.
Part of Staten Island
's Yellow Zone will become an Orange Zone. New Yellow Zones will be established in Upper Manhattan
and Suffolk Counties
. New Orange Zones will also be established in Monroe County
(in and around Rochester) and Onondaga County
(in and around Syracuse). These changes go into effect this Wednesday, November 25, for businesses and Thursday, November 26, for schools.
All the maps of the current micro-cluster zones are available HERE.
CHANGE IN ALLOWABLE WORSHIP NUMBERS
Please check the zone
your congregation is in and the cluster maps
provided by NYS, HERE
. Read the restrictions for houses of worship, HERE
NEW COVID PROTOCOL
New York announced a new protocol allowing out-of-state travelers to "test out" of the State's mandatory 14-day quarantine. Read more about the State's new guidelines, HERE
FIND SERVICES APP
The State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits
. The "Find Services
" app provides an easy-to-use starting point for finding these social services.
SMALL GATHERINGS UPDATE
Remember, indoor gatherings pose a serious risk for spreading COVID. All indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people. If you are indoors with visitors, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spread: Open windows to increase airflow, wear masks, keep distance and shorten the duration of the visit.
NYS COVID TRAVEL ADVISORY
States and territories continue to be added to the list from which travelers arriving to New York must self-quarantine for 14 days. See the full list HERE
You can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.
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