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As of 4.22.21
VACCINE UPDATES (See more in the NYS Updates below)
CDC: Which COVID-19 Vaccine?
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance of up to $9,000 is Available from FEMA (Applications Are Being Accepted by Telephone Only)

CDC director urges states not to reopen too soon as cases plateau. Read the ABC News article HERE.

Governor Cuomo is expanding vaccination sites to include houses of worship. Interested houses of worship can contact the state HERE. Please find HERE the criteria for the sites they are seeking.

Starting Friday, April 23, walk-in appointments will be available at 16 mass vaccination sites. Walk-in appointments will only be available to New Yorkers age 60 and up. There may be a wait for those opting to walk-in at some sites depending on demand. All proof of identity and insurance information, if applicable, will be needed.

New York hospitals continue to receive and administer doses of the COVID vaccine. We expanded eligibility to include public-facing government and public workers, not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need, essential in-person building service workers and ALL New Yorkers 30 years of age and older. Now, these New Yorkers will be able to make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites.
Others eligible include: New Yorkers with qualifying comorbidities and underlying conditions, 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.
The MTA released a new digital feature to help locate vaccine sites. Click HERE. The MTA's Live Subway Map can now be used to find vaccination sites in New York City. The map includes links with each location that directs users to the appropriate scheduling website. If the site takes appointments over the phone, the map provides the phone number. 
Twelve community-based pop-up vaccination sites will come online this week. The sites will be set up at community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers and will vaccinate more than 3,700 New Yorkers.

Eligible New Yorkers can start making appointments at New York/FEMA mass vaccination sites in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers. These four sites open March 3 and appointments are initially reserved for eligible New Yorkers in qualifying ZIP codes. After a week, appointments will then open to all residents of counties (or other geographical areas) served by each site. Find all the details HERE.

Beginning March 1, the MTA launched a pilot program to enhance bus services to help get New Yorkers to our mass vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens. The bus service route will go from Edgemere Houses in Queens and Pink Houses in Brooklyn to the vaccination sites from 6:30 a..m. to 9 p.m. and add new bus stops adjacent to the vaccination site at York College. 

There are still hundreds of appointments available at the Medgar Evers College and York College vaccination centers for eligible New Yorkers. Both these sites, established in partnership with FEMA, open Wednesday and will vaccinate 3,000 New Yorkers a day, seven days a week. For the Medgar Evers College vaccination center, eligible New Yorkers who live in the following ZIP codes can book an appointment today: 11207, 11212, 11208, 11206, 11233, 11213, 11221, 11226, 11236, 11225, 11210, 11203, 11238. For the York College vaccination center, eligible residents in these ZIP codes can book today: 11436, 11434, 11433, 11419, 11413, 11412, 11422, 11429, 11420, 11411, 11418, 11435, 11428, 11423, 11432, 11427, 11439, 11691, 11692, 11693. Next week, scheduling opens to any eligible resident of Queens or Brooklyn. If you're eligible, schedule your appointment HERE or by calling 1-833-967-4829. 
As we continue to move vaccination forward we also need to revitalize New York's economy and make sure we reopen safely. To that end, today we launched Excelsior Pass, a free and voluntary platform for businesses & individuals that can be used to easily access secure proof of a recent negative COVID test or vaccination. 
As we get more supply of the vaccine, new appointment slots are coming online at New York State vaccination sites. We are currently vaccinating eligible New Yorkers who are part of Phase 1a and 1b. See if you're eligible and Schedule an Appointment
If you're unsure whether or not you're currently eligible, you can check here: 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
See data by region on the State's Vaccine Tracker.  
You've heard of mRNA vaccines—but do you know how they work? Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. New York State released a video explaining how mRNA vaccines work to safely protect individuals from COVID-19. Three key things to know: They do not affect your own genetic material or DNA in any way; they do not contain the actual COVID-19 virus; and they cannot give you COVID. WATCH THE VIDEO.
New cases of the UK variant have been reported 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.
Cases of the South African COVID-19 virus variant has been found in New York. 

The statewide positivity rate is above 2.14%. 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
Grace Lutheran, Malverne is offering FREE Covid (PCR) testing every Monday from 9 am - 10 am. Appointments are required and can be made on the website at
Beginning March 15, weddings and catered events can resume statewide. Venues are restricted to 50 percent capacity, with no more than 150 people per event. All attendees and patrons must be tested prior to the event. Mask wearing and other safety protocols will be required. 
New regulations on nursing home visitations went into effect Friday, February 26. These full guidelines depend on a county's COVID risk level, and continue to depend on the nursing home facility being free of COVID-19 cases for 14 days
Smaller, regional sports venues can also reopen beginning April 1. These are venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors and initial capacity will be limited to 10 percent indoors and 20 percent outdoors. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing and health screenings.
Beginning March 29, statewide travel for sports and recreational activities will be permitted. Currently, travel for sports and recreation is limited to contiguous counties and regions in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance. 
Large outdoor performing arts venues, including stadiums, that hold more than 2,500 people can reopen at 20 percent capacity beginning April 1. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing and health screenings.  
Many 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 public school students grades 6-8 will resume in-person learning Thursday, February 25. High school students will continue to learn remotely. 
For up-to-date information regarding public school building closings and openings, click HERE.
Download the COVID Alert NY app today and help NY stop the spread!
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.
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 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 launched the New York State Flu Tracker, to prepare for flu season. Click HERE to find a vaccination location near you. 
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.
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. 
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.