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COVID-19 Update: CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Unmask Outdoors

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

As of April 27, 2021, CDC updated its Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People, including the use of masks in outdoor settings. People are considered fully vaccinated if they are two or more weeks past their two-shot vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) or their one-shot vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

According to the CDC: “Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues.”

Key points of the updated guidelines are:

Outdoor visits and activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people themselves or to those around them.

Small, private gatherings and visits to public indoor spaces likely represent minimal risk to fully vaccinated people. Therefore, the level of precautions taken should be determined by the characteristics of the unvaccinated people present, who remain unprotected against COVID-19.

Although the risk of COVID-19 infection may be minimal to the fully vaccinated person themselves, vaccinated persons should be mindful of the very low potential risk of transmitting the virus to others if they become infected, especially if they are visiting with unvaccinated people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or visiting with unvaccinated people who have people at increased risk for severe disease in their own households.

In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown. Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a well-fitted mask, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance.

Fully vaccinated people should not visit or attend a gathering or visit public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status of the other people at the gathering.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Although the risk of COVID-19 infection among fully vaccinated people is likely low, the following could increase risk:

  • A moderate, substantial, or high level of community transmission
  • Settings with a higher percentage of unvaccinated people (including children) present or people at risk of severe COVID-19 disease
  • Visits to indoor settings especially with poor ventilation
  • The length of the visit, especially if indoors
  • Crowding or when there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance
  • Activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing

We will provide more information as it becomes available. For specific questions regarding your health and vaccine safety, please contact your health care provider (and if you need one of those, talk to us, or give Cornerstone Family Healthcare a call). Plus, get more COVID-19 info here.

Ginny Schneider, VP of Client Services, Featured in DOH Newsletter

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

NYSDOH AID BCSS April newsletter featuring Ginny Schneider

Virginia “Ginny” Schneider, who is HVCS’ Vice President of Client Services, was featured in the April issue of the Bureau of Community Support Services’ newsletter. BCSS is part of the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. BCSS oversees many of our contracts with NYS. Congratulations, Ginny!

COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List at Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

CFH staff with vaccines

Sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list at Cornerstone Family Healthcare here:

Cornerstone holds its vaccinations at its Kaplan Family Pavilion at 147 Lake Street., Newburgh.

Here’s the process once you sign up for the wait list:

  • You add yourself to the wait list
  • Cornerstone receives shipments of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines weekly. Upon receipt of each shipment, Cornerstone will send a text message to people on the list.
  • You will be prompted to respond with a Yes/No if you still want the vaccine.
  • If you respond Yes, Cornerstone’s COVID-19 vaccine team will call you to make a first appointment.*
  • Staff will schedule your second dose at your first visit (21 days for Pfizer, 28 days for Moderna.)

*As of April 13, 2021, Cornerstone Family Healthcare has suspended its Johnson & Johnson vaccine delivery in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Get more COVID-19 news and resources here.

New Yorkers Age 16+ Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Who Can Get Vaccinated

April 6, 2021 –

All New Yorkers age 16 and up are now eligible for the vaccine.

Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 16 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions.

Vaccine eligibility in New York State

Please visit the New York State website for additional information on eligibility.

For more coronavirus resources, visit this page.

HVCS Denounces the Rise in AAPI Hate Crimes

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

HVCS is actively anti-racist. We always have been, but adopted an official policy last summer. We denounce the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. To learn and do more, visit

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
NationalYouth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, April 10th

Saturday, April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. #NYHAAD reminds us of the importance of investing in young people’s health and education. School-based Health Education provides youth with a safe and supportive environment to learn about HIV prevention.

1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses occurs in young people ages 13-24. This National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, learn why investing in youth health and education is critical to ending HIV:

Quarantine for Domestic Travel Dropped As of April 1

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo decreed that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread – wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.

Read the full press statement here.

New Video: Fentanyl Test Strips

Friday, March 26th, 2021

How much do you know about fentanyl test strips? Why, and how, should you use them? When funding allows, we provide these for free to our clients. Be smarter and safer, test first!

The Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

March 23, 2021 – As of Tuesday, March 23rd, all people aged 50 and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Read more about the vaccines, eligibility and other COVID-19 news on Cornerstone’s website, or visit the New York State official website.

Hepatitis C Team Reaches Out At Poughkeepsie PODS

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Our Hepatitis C (HCV) Patient Navigation program has been doing outreach at the Poughkeepsie PODS. These are former Dutchess County Jail inmate units that were converted to Temporary Housing Units during Covid-19. The HCV team provides HCV education, testing and runs a weekly table highlighting all of our HVCS programs.

The HCV Patient Navigation team tables at the PODS temporary housing shelters in Poughkeepsie.

MHA (Mental Health Association) and Hudson River Housing joined together to figure out how to provide services for individuals experiencing homeless in Dutchess County while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The space accommodates up to 52 males and 48 females.

We are glad to be a part of this valuable community resource!