As we continue to see an increase in COVID19 cases across the state, below is helpful information about the current rules and regulations. In addition, attached are helpful education materials and handouts about hygiene, contact tracing, and community spread. Please share this information widely.
Long Island Mask Public Service Announcement: The “Mask Up, Long Island” public service announcement can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImTVtfDpMd8&feature=youtu.be.
Statewide and Regional Metrics: You can monitor the COVID19 public health metrics through the NYS Regional Monitoring Dashboard here: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard. Through the county dashboard found here: https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard. And through the early monitoring dashboard here: https://forward.ny.gov/early-warning-monitoring-dashboard.
Where to find a test: Residents can use this search tool to find a nearby testing site: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing. In addition to the list of sites you will find using the tool, testing is also still available at the NYS-operated drive-thru sites at Jones Beach and Stony Brook University. Testing at these two drive-thru locations is free for NY residents.
Incoming Travel Advisory: Travelers coming into NY are required to quarantine for 14 days. You may “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine following the guidelines on this webpage: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory#overview. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory, this includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. The guidance also applies to international travelers coming from any CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Health Notice country. Attached is the detailed guidance document on the incoming travel advisory. Please be sure to read this document thoroughly, especially if you are considering traveling.
School Toolkit: Attached is a helpful Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID19 Toolkit from the NYS Department of Health. I’ve included both the English and Spanish version of the toolkit.
Gathering limit: On November 11th, Governor Cuomo announced that gatherings at private residences (indoors and outdoors) is limited to a total of 10 people. All other gatherings are limited to a total of 50 people, this includes catered events.
SLA-licensed Entities: Bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment (include movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys), are required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. More information on these regulations can be found on the SLA website here: https://sla.ny.gov/Guidance-COVID-Related-Closing-Times. A helpful FAQ for SLA-licensees on reopening guidelines can be found here: https://sla.ny.gov/phase3-guidelines-for-on-premises-licenses.
COVID Alert NY Phone App: COVID Alert NY is a free download for iPhone and Android smartphones, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. COVID Alert NY is the voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. The app keeps track of when people are close to another app-enabled smartphone using Bluetooth technology.
The app alerts you if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
The app also alerts other app-enabled smartphones if you test positive for COVID-19 and were in close contact with those individuals, based upon your consent to share close contact codes.
The app allows people to track symptoms and examine trends.
Attached is a one-page about the COVID Alert NY Phone App.
For more information, please visit this website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-alert-ny-what-you-need-know.