Public Health offers COVID-19 mask guidance

Yates County Public Health
Special to The Chronicle-Express

Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will be adopting the new CDC guidelines regarding mask-wearing starting Wednesday, May 19.

Yates County Public Health Director Annmarie Flanagan

If you are fully vaccinated (meaning that you have completed the series of vaccination, and are two weeks out from your last shot), you can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing.

If you are not vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask and physically distance.

Yates County Public Health encourages everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health hosts clinics weekly – walk-ins are welcome. Visit our website at www.yatescountypublichealth.org to view our clinic schedule, or call us at 315-536-5160.

While restrictions are being lifted, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still affecting our community. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended to follow all safety precautions and continue to mask and physically distance, and find a vaccine near you. Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is still recommended to be tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated people can do the following:

· You can resume activities without masks/social distancing. Masks and social distancing will still be required on public transportation, nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools, and healthcare facilities.

· If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.

· You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.

· You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

· You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

· You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.

· You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

· If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

· However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Yates County Public Health encourages everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health hosts clinics weekly – walk-ins are welcome. Visit our website at www.yatescountypublichealth.org to view our clinic schedule. Any questions, call our office at 315-536-5160.