COVID-19 has greatly affected our daily lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. New York State has implemented important measures, including the PAUSE initiative, to help stop the spread and save lives – and these measures are working. From staying home, to social distancing, to supporting our essential workers, together we've helped #flattenthecurve.
New York Forward – a plan for carefully reopening the state – has begun. Each region is able to start Phase 1 of reopening once it meets certain criteria that were designed to ease social isolation and cautiously get people back to work while still protecting public health and the health care system.
As parts of the state reopen, it's important to remember that the threat of coronavirus still exists and that we are all still at risk. We must remain vigilant and continue to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others, like maintaining social distance, wearing face coverings, staying home if you're sick and getting testing if you qualify. These measures not only help keep you safe, but also ensure the state can successfully reopen and our essential workers can keep doing their jobs effectively. Together, we've made great strides, but it's not over. 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
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