The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for our families. COVID-19 has forced all of us to make significant changes in our daily routines and adjust to a new normal. When cases spiked in the spring, New Yorkers banded together to slow the spread of coronavirus and helped bring our infection rate down dramatically.
Cases are on the rise and it's critical that all New Yorkers continue to wear a mask and stay socially distanced. Pandemic fatigue is understandable after 10 months of sacrifice and positive developments surrounding a vaccine, but we can't afford to let our guards down. New York State is aggressively targeting micro-clusters that have emerged across the state through the Cluster Action Initiative. This initiative allows the state to implement targeted safety restrictions in response to infection rates in specific communities. For more information, visit https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative.
While social distancing has made most people more isolated than they were a year ago, we can't forget why these sacrifices are so important: we're all in this together. By doing your part, we can help protect health care and essential workers, ensure our hospitals aren't strained beyond capacity, fuel our economic recovery and, most importantly, save lives.
Be responsible. Be smart. Be safe.
Important Information & Resources
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
NYS Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
Price Gouging hotline: 800-697-1220
24-Hour Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Report Vaccine Scams 833-VAX-SCAM
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these steps can help stop the spread:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet
- Wear a mask when outside of your home and you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from others