Protect Yourself and Stop the Spread
Central New York is now in Phase Four of reopening. It is important for everyone to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick. 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. You must 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.
Our individual actions have flattened the curve in Central New York, but the virus is still with us, and now is not the time to be complacent. We need to remain diligent, and this responsibility doesn’t fall on a few–it is the job of everyone in order to recover from this as a community. See this Community Spread Diagram as an example of how easily COVID-19 can spread from infected individuals, most of whom were not yet aware they were sick, to people they know.
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.
In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the State has issued a travel advisory. Anyone who has traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread must complete this form and undertake a precautionary quarantine when entering New York for 14 days from the last day they were in a designated state. Learn more here.
Information and guidance related to COVID-19 changes daily. See the most recent updates, press briefings, and announcements here to stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation in Onondaga County. Also regularly visit the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for statewide and national news about COVID-19.
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.
Testing for COVID-19
Anyone can now get tested for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms. Testing information is available here.
Anyone who is tested and is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Individuals with negative test results will be notified by the office/clinic that provided the test and may end quarantine at that time.
The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) receives notification of positive results only and patients are notified immediately. Positive individuals are placed under isolation and monitoring, and OCHD begins contact tracing and notification of close contacts.
- Individuals with a positive test result must remain in isolation for at least 10 days and have temperatures of under 100 degrees for three days in a row before he/she can be released from isolation as stated in the Commissioner’s Standing Order for Isolation.
- Those identified as close contacts must remain in quarantine for at least 14 days and have temperatures of under 100 degrees for three days in a row before he/she can be released from isolation as stated in the Commissioner’s Standing Order for Quarantine.
Learn more about isolation and quarantine here.