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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Last Updated: October 19, 2020 at 1:50 PM
What You Need to Know
  • A new cluster action initiative will address COVID-19 hot spots that have cropped up in Brooklyn, Queens and Broome, Orange and Rockland Counties.

  • A travel advisory is in effect for individuals traveling to New York from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days.  

  • Based on each region's infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open but must have a testing and tracing plan; a COVID Report Card hosted by Department of Health will show COVID-19 positive case data for every school district in the state.

  • Movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen starting October 23 at 25 percent capacity with no more than 50 people allowed in front of each screen.

  • Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones.

  • Ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance starting Friday, November 6.

  • To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:

  • Go to forward.ny.gov to find: Industry guidance on re-opening; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through December 31, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

The New York State Contact Tracing Program is a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.

Help Stop the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
Protect Yourself and Others
Practice Social Distancing

Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments.

Wash Your Hands. Cover Your Cough

Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Take Caution with New Yorkers At-Risk

Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead.  Offer help with groceries and other goods.

COVID-19 TRACKER
View a county-by-county breakdown of testing and positive cases and facility level reporting of staff testing around New York State.