Protect Yourself and Others

COVID-19 can spread quickly; even vaccinated people can spread it. If you are vaccinated, you’re less likely to catch it and much less likely to be hospitalized. Being vaccinated and boosted is your best line of defense against severe illness. 

We need to protect each other, especially those who are immunocompromised or cannot get the vaccine:

  • Get vaccinated, and as soon as you’re eligible, get a booster!
  • 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.
  • Those over age 2 should wear a mask according to the level of COVID-19 activity in Onondaga County.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Treatment Options
If you are immunocompromised or are unable to get a COVID vaccine due to a history of severe adverse reaction, you may be eligible for a medication called Evusheld that can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider.

If you are an older adult or at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, test as soon as you have symptoms; if you test positive, contact your health care provider right away for treatment options that may be available to you, such as antivirals or monoclonal antibody therapy. Treatment must be started early to work, so don’t delay.

Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free
Update: COVID vaccines are authorized for children 6 months through 5 years old.

COVID-19 is a serious disease that can affect our entire body and result in serious health consequences, including death. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, free, and the best way to prevent these outcomes and regain a level of normalcy in our lives.

CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible, to help protect against COVID-19. Those who are immunocompromised and eligible for a third dose should get this dose first before getting a booster shot. Those 50 and older and those who are 12 and older and immunocompromised should get a second booster dose, learn more here.

Anyone can get tested for COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms. Testing information is available hereIf you have taken a COVID test at home and you tested positive, you can submit your results HERE.

Watch for Symptoms
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, stay home, get tested, and call your doctorIf 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, as treatment may be available.

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.