March 18, 2020 Update:
Numbers from Health NY.gov, @ 7:44 pm (3/17/2020)
- New York City – 1706 (+737)
- New York State – 814 (+351)
World Health Organization / Federal / CDC (3/16/2020)
- The President’s Corona Virus Guidelines for America were issued. (link is no longer available)
Update from NYC (3/17/2020)
- New York City issued a new fact sheet for New Yorkers with guidance on what to do if you suspect you have coronavirus
Update from NYS / OPWDD (3/16/2020 – 3/17/2020)
- New York State issued new Guidance on the Contacts of a Close or Proximate Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19
- Guidance has been issued from OPWDD on the reporting of C-19 exposures, requiring all exposures to be logged in IRMA.
- Cuomo announces three-way agreement with the legislature on paid sick leave during corona outbreak
- New website launched by NYS: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID19)
- Previously issued instruction from OPWDD to close day programs, (instruction issued 3/17/2020) (OPWDD link has been removed and is no longer available)
- DOH Corona Virus Hotline for health providers: 866-692-3641
- Department of Health 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- To receive regular updates on the latest developments text COVID to 692-692
STANDING GUIDANCE FROM NYS DOH
- Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
- Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
- Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
- Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.