Posts Tagged ‘Coronavirus’

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.

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.

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.

Updates to NYS Quarantine Guidelines

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

SUMMARY

This document provides updated guidance on quarantine for community persons exposed to COVID-19, and how to factor in a person’s vaccination status. This guidance does not apply to vaccinated inpatients and residents in health care settings.
•This guidance aligns the requirements for release from quarantine with the February 10, 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPOSED TO COVID-1

Consistent with recent CDC guidance, asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination, if the following criteria are met:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-doseseries, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
  • Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.


Individuals who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria and who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days after exposure, or ten days if they meet the criteria for a reduced quarantine. Consistent with previous CDC guidance, there is no testing requirement to end the quarantine if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. However, a test should be sought immediately if any symptoms develop during the fourteen days after exposure.

Consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021, asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial SARS-CoV-2 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.

While COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID-19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission, how long protection lasts, and the efficacy of vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. Additionally, some individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 have been reinfected at a later time. Therefore, regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their health care provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE

Domestic travelers arriving in New York from non-contiguous US states and territories who are not essential workers and/or who did not complete the testing requirements described in Executive Order 205.2 must quarantine. Asymptomatic domestic travelers to New York can be exempted from quarantine if meet the criteria described previously in this document.

International travelers arriving in New York must comply with all CDC requirements for testing and quarantined after international travel. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated.

Consult the latest NYS travel advisory for more information. Guidance on how to quarantine can be found here.

LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND QUARANTINE ORDERS

Local Health Departments (LHDs) will continue to identify individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Contact tracing interviews will now include questions about vaccination status and dates. Contact tracers may validate reports of vaccination status in NYSIIS or CIR, the statewide immunization registry, during the interview. Individuals who meet the vaccination criteria listed above do not need to quarantine. Information about the criteria for quarantine exemptions due to immunization status will be included in local quarantine orders from this point forward.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This guidance applies only to asymptomatic individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and who have not tested positive as a result of a recent exposure. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate. Information on the criteria and duration for isolation can be found here.

NYS: Quarantine for Domestic Travel Will No Longer Be Required Starting 4/1/21

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

While No Longer Required, Quarantine After Domestic Travel is Still Advised as Added Precaution

Mandatory Quarantine Remains in Effect for International Travelers

All Travelers Covered Must Continue to Fill Out Traveler Health Form Upon Arrival Into New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 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.

“New Yorkers have shown strength and perseverance throughout this entire pandemic, and it shows through the numbers that continue to decrease every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we work to build our vaccination infrastructure even further and get more shots in arms, we’re making significant progress in winning the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate, allowing us to open new sectors of our economy and start our transition to a new normal in a post-pandemic world. As part of that transition, quarantine for domestic travelers is no longer required, but it is still being advised as an added precaution. This is great news, but it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down. To beat this virus once and for all we all must continue doing what we know works to stop the spread, including wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing.”

Regardless of quarantine status, all individuals exposed to COVID-19 or returning from travel must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated);
  • Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting
A meeting where you can discuss the challenges of recovery, share your “tips” with others, brainstorm to overcome barriers, and meet others in recovery. This meeting is facilitated by certified peer recovery advocates who have had experience with substance use. All pathways to recovery are respected.
This meeting is open to anyone age 18 or older.
Tuesday thru Saturday at 3pm on Zoom!
Join our Zoom Meeting:
https://us4web.zoom.us/j/718696549
Meeting ID: 718 696 549
Or Call In: 1-646-876-9923
Hudson Valley Recovery Community & Outreach Center
319 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting
A meeting where you can discuss the challenges of recovery, share your “tips” with others, brainstorm to overcome barriers, and meet others in recovery. This meeting is facilitated by certified peer recovery advocates who have had experience with substance use. All pathways to recovery are respected.
This meeting is open to anyone age 18 or older.
Tuesday thru Saturday at 3pm on Zoom!
Join our Zoom Meeting:
https://us4web.zoom.us/j/718696549
Meeting ID: 718 696 549
Or Call In: 1-646-876-9923
Hudson Valley Recovery Community & Outreach Center
319 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting
A meeting where you can discuss the challenges of recovery, share your “tips” with others, brainstorm to overcome barriers, and meet others in recovery. This meeting is facilitated by certified peer recovery advocates who have had experience with substance use. All pathways to recovery are respected.
This meeting is open to anyone age 18 or older.
Tuesday thru Saturday at 3pm on Zoom!
Join our Zoom Meeting:
https://us4web.zoom.us/j/718696549
Meeting ID: 718 696 549
Or Call In: 1-646-876-9923
Hudson Valley Recovery Community & Outreach Center
319 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Recovery Peer Support Virtual Meeting
A meeting where you can discuss the challenges of recovery, share your “tips” with others, brainstorm to overcome barriers, and meet others in recovery. This meeting is facilitated by certified peer recovery advocates who have had experience with substance use. All pathways to recovery are respected.
This meeting is open to anyone age 18 or older.
Tuesday thru Saturday at 3pm on Zoom!
Join our Zoom Meeting:
https://us4web.zoom.us/j/718696549
Meeting ID: 718 696 549
Or Call In: 1-646-876-9923
Hudson Valley Recovery Community & Outreach Center
319 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550

Relapse Prevention Online Support Group

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Relapse Prevention
Join us in a virtual meeting that is safe & nonjudgmental where you can discuss the various factors that may contribute to relapse & relapse prevention planning with others in recovery. This meeting is facilitated by Certified Recovery Peer Advocates who have lived experience with substance use. All pathways to recovery are respected. This meeting is open to anyone age 18 or older. Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm on Zoom!

Join our Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/857252958

Call in number: 1-646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 857 252 958
Hudson Valley Recovery Community & Outreach Center
319 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newburgh