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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

COVID-19 RESOURCES

By implementing safe practices and looking out for one another, WE ARE CHURCH TOGETHER!

As of 1.22.21
 
NYS UPDATES
Read Governor Cuomo's Winter Plan HERE.
 
Governor Cuomo is expanding vaccination sites to include houses of worship. Please find HERE the criteria for the sites they are seeking. If your location matches these criteria, please send an email to [email protected], Deputy Director of Faith-Based Initiatives. She will follow up with you to collect further information.  
 
New York hospitals continue to receive and administer doses of the COVID vaccine.
Currently, we are in Phase 1B—which includes residents and staff of nursing homes and other congregate care facilities as well as doctors, nurses, and all health care workers that come into contact with the public, including individuals administering the COVID vaccine, teachers and education workers, first responders (police, firefighters), public safety workers, public transit workers, and people 65-and-older.
 
If you're unsure whether or not you're currently eligible, you can check here: ny.gov/vaccine or following NYS link: Am I Eligible?
 
Click the following for the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.
 
Click the following for a details account of the Phased Distribution of the Vaccine
 
 
The pace of first-dose vaccine administration is accelerating. New York State is now averaging approximately 65,000 shots per day and we have administered 86 percent of the state's first-dose vaccine allocation from the federal government.
 
Four new cases of the UK variant have been reported in New York State. Two of the cases were identified in Saratoga County and two in Suffolk County. To date, there are 22 known cases of the variant in New York State. While evidence indicates that the UK variant is more contagious than other variants, it is not believed to be more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines.

The statewide positivity rate is above 6.84%. All New Yorkers, regardless of where they live, must take action to protect themselves and each other. Half of all cases are from people who had no symptoms. So please be careful and stay safe. ​
LOOK UP your address to see if you live in a COVID-19 Hot Spot Zone and take precautions as always
 
An alarming rise in COVID cases that trace back to "living room spread." NY's latest contact tracing data shows that 74 percent of new COVID-19 cases originate from households and small gatherings. The State released a new PSA highlighting the dangers of COVID spread in these smaller, indoor settings. Watch the PSA HERE
 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
For up-to-date information regarding public school building closings and openings, click HERE.
 
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 redorange and yellow colored zones with corresponding levels of restrictions as explained HERE
 
New York announced new and modified COVID-19 micro-cluster zones. The Yellow Zone in Niagara County will be expanded. A new Yellow Zone will be added near Batavia, Genesse County, and another will be added near Rome and Utica, Oneida County—following these areas meeting the metrics for Yellow Zone designation. 
All the maps of the current micro-cluster zones are available HERE
Find COVID-19 Hot Spot Zones by Address 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.
Read this important resource from Governor Cuomo here: NY STATE COVID-19 REOPENING WITH LOCALIZED RESTRICTIONS FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP 

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

NYS FLU TRACKER
NYS launched the New York State Flu Tracker, to prepare for flu season. Click HERE to find a vaccination location near you. 
 
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
 
Is your indoor environment safe? Check the MIT COVID-19 INDOOR SAFETY GUIDELINE APP to see how different spaces handle indoor COVID-19 transmission. 
 
NYS COVID TRAVEL ADVISORY
States and territories continue to be added to the list from which travelers arriving to New York must self-quarantine. See the full list HERE
 
You can subscribe to New York State's Coronavirus Updates here.
 
 
Click HERE for this helpful resource: CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELECTRONIC MEETINGS

 

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