Update On Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please follow this page for important information on COVID-19 for Parent Care Staff, Patients & Families.

March 19, 2020 Update:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also has helpful information on preventing infection. Please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html/

The latest updates from the CDC are available here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

March 18, 2020 Update:

The President’s Corona Virus Guidelines for America were issued.

New York City issued a new fact sheet for New Yorkers with guidance on what to do if you suspect you have coronavirus

Update from NYS / OPWDD (3/16/2020 – 3/17/2020)

New York State issued new Guidance on the Contacts of a Close or Proximate Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19

New website launched by NYS: Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID19)

Contact Numbers

  • DOH Corona Virus Hotline for health providers: 866-692-3641
  • Department of Health 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • To receive regular updates on the latest developments text COVID to 692-692

Standing Guidance From NYS DOH

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
  • Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.

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