COVID-19 is still spreading, even as the vaccine is here. Wear a mask, social distance, and stay up to date on New York State’s vaccination program. We are currently in Phase 1a and 1b of the New York State distribution plan. More individuals will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. Learn more here.
Anyone can now get tested for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms. Testing information is available here.
Status in Onondaga County
Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Onondaga County, the city of Syracuse and surrounding areas is under an orange precautionary zone. The zones are a state designation requiring stricter health precautions.
Protect Yourself and Stop the Spread
The virus is still with us, and we need to remain diligent. This responsibility doesn’t fall on a few–it is the job of everyone in order to recover from this as a community. It is important for everyone to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are sick, stay home and get tested.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home as much as possible–even young people and those who feel well.
- When you go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Wear a cloth face mask or face covering in public when social distancing (staying 6 feet apart) is not possible, especially on public transport, in stores, on crowded sidewalks, or when working and have direct contact with members of the public.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Community spread case study diagrams from this past summer and fall are examples of how easily COVID-19 can spread from infected individuals, most of whom didn’t even know they were sick yet, to people they know.
Watch for Symptoms
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor and have questions, symptoms, or may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call Upstate University Hospital’s Triage Line at 315.464.3979. If you are older, have severe underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early, even if your illness is mild.
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, call 911 and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
COVID Alert NY
Now you can use your phone to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and you can receive exposure alert notifications without compromising your privacy or personal information. COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others. Download the app today.