Consistent with the State's implementation of CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. Further, the State's health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.
Even when rates of COVID-19 are low and many people at least partially vaccinated, COVID-19 transmission is still possible. You can help protect yourself and your family by following these steps and encouraging them to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Follow all current guidance about mask wearing and social gatherings
- Get vaccinated if eligible
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
For people who feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19:
- Stay home, away from others.
- Don’t go to work or school.
- Talk to a healthcare provider.
- Get tested for COVID-19.
For people who test positive for COVID-19:
- Talk to your health care provider and stay home in isolation. Stay away from others. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by notifying your close contacts that they have been exposed.
- Talk to your local contact tracer. Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.
- If your test result is negative, and your health care provider no longer suspects COVID-19, but you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you need to stay in quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Stay home. Stay away from others.
- Keep sick household members away from others, in a separate room, if possible.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
Monitor Your Symptoms. Common symptoms are:
- Fever or chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Emergency Warning Signs Include:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
- Experience confusion or trouble waking up
- Bluish lips or face
Call for medical attention immediately.
*This list is not a complete list. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.