Governor announced today NYS has reached 70% of NYS adults who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Governor Cuomo Announces Most Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions are now optional. The state’s COVID-19 restrictions and industry guidance are now optional for most commercial settings.
Please check the CDC guidelines that we continue to follow by clicking here.
As a note, COVID-19 is still around and can negatively impact some people. Please continue to keep your physical distance from non-household or non-vaccinated people, wash your hands frequently, stay home if you are feeling unwell and if you are able, please get vaccinated!
- Reporting 5 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 5,344 positive cases.
- The individuals are in their 0-19’s, 20’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
- 2 of the current positive individuals are hospitalized.
- 3 of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
- Reporting 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 3,096 positive cases.
- The individuals are in their 20’s and 100’s.
- 1 of the current positive individuals is hospitalized.
- 2 of the previous positive individuals have completed their 10-day isolation and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
Click here to view the Genesee and Orleans County online map of confirmed cases.
A reminder the numbers listed as positive/active are current community cases. The recovered numbers are only for community cases and do not include non-county regulated facilities. The total positive cases includes community active/positive, community recovered and all those from non-county regulated facilities.
This will be posted only when we have potential exposure.
For local regional COVID-19 vaccine data based on eligible population for our counties go to: https://flvaccinehub.com/regional-data
The Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub has launched a Finger Lakes Region Vaccine Finder: https://flvaccinehub.org/getting-your-vaccine/#vaccine-finder
If your business, church, or organization is interested in hosting a Pop-up Vaccination Clinic, please fill out the form for consideration of hosting a GO Health Pop-up Vaccination Clinic:
VACCINATIONS ARE PERFORMED BY PHARMACIES, DOCTORS OFFICES, HOSPITALS, AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. PLEASE USE THE ONLINE REGISTRATIONS TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS. REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT AND CAN SHOW PROOF OF BEING IN PRIORITY GROUP 1A OR 1B WILL RECEIVE VACCINE.
You can also find providers through Vaccine Finder.
211 Now Available for COVID-19 Info: Individuals across our region can now call 211 to get COVID-19 information and clinic updates (scheduling appointments through 211 is not available at this time). When calling 211, individuals should choose the “COVID information” prompt to get connected with a staff member who can assist. The hotline is open 24/7. To avoid long wait times, please encourage individuals to call outside of normal business hours. A call-back function is also available.
Plan ahead…when getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You need to plan ahead not only for possible side effects but for the second dose if you are getting the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Before making the appointment make sure you are able to make the second dose appointment (Moderna 28 days after first dose or Pfizer 21 days after the first dose). KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS! When people don’t cancel their appointments (check your confirmation e-mail on how to cancel or call the provider who is giving you the vaccine) there is a potential for waste as the vaccine must be used within a certain amount of time or it will not work.
Show up for your scheduled appointment as long as you
- Do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, flu symptoms, or cold symptoms,
- Or you have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for
- Or you have recently recovered from COVID-19.
If you must cancel, follow the directions on your confirmation e-mail or call the provider (for county-run clinics, call the respective Health Department, not the location of the clinic) and be prepared to leave your name, birth date, and time of appointment so it can be canceled in the state system, doing this will open the dose back up in the registration system for someone else.
For more information about the vaccine and access for those who are 60 and older who do NOT have internet access, please contact your respective Office for the Aging (OFA).
- For Genesee OFA please call 585-813-2457 for COVID-19 Vaccine assistance between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and leave a message and someone will return the call.
- For Orleans OFA please call 585-589-3191 between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and leave a message if you get voicemail and someone will return the call.
- The OFA offices can only assist with online registrations as vaccine becomes available. Individuals will need to check their provider websites for registration links. No phone registrations are available at this time.
Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Participation in Excelsior Pass is voluntary. New Yorkers can always show alternate proof of vaccination or testing, like another mobile application or paper form, directly at a business or venue.
To learn more, click here.
If you have issues with connecting to the Excelsior Pass, try using the name you used to register for your vaccination appointment or the name on your driver’s license/non-driver ID. If still having issues, your information may have issues. Check with the provider who provided your vaccine or reach out to [email protected]
Both counties are offering vaccination clinic registration via phone. In Genesee call (585) 815-7168. In Orleans call (585) 589-3170. For both numbers ask for the vaccine registration help line. These numbers are for Vaccine Registration Help ONLY. Please note these numbers are not associated with the Health Departments in either county.
Pharmacies Participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC: The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States. To learn more use the following link:
Many pharmacies are also listed on VaccineFinder: https://www.vaccines.gov/
Testing: If you are being tested for COVID-19 it is important that you self-quarantine until you get your test results whether you have symptoms or not. If you are symptomatic, meaning you are coughing, have a fever or other symptoms, self-quarantine even if you are an essential worker until you get your results back, if you have COVID-19 you may be spreading it! That means to stay home and limit contact with other people, even in your household.
For FREE Rapid Testing, click here: http://bit.ly/GOHealthC19Tests
The links will be live when there is a clinic scheduled. Clinics will be limited and determined week-by-week.
- Find a test site near you: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
- Get the COVID Alert NY App: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-alert-ny
COVID-19 Resources & Guidance
New York State’s Reopening Guidance, effective May 19, 2021
For more updates check NY Forward website by clicking here
For events above NYS minimum gathering
Must be submitted no less than 5 days prior to the event.
Small and Medium Scale Performing Arts and Entertainment of the Interim Guidance are to follow the Interim Guidance for Small and Medium Scale Performing Arts & Entertainment During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency which was updated April 1, 2021:
Effective June 1, 2021, end of academic year social gatherings organized by educational institutions:
- Updated Interim Guidance for End of Academic Year Celebrations During the COVID-19 State of Emergency: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/04/doh_covid19_updatedgraduationguidance_042721.pdf
There are strict guidelines to be followed and Responsible Parties are to notify the local health department if they plan to host in-person and catered events above the State’s maximum social gathering limit must notify their respective county health department or local public health authority if they plan to host in-person performances or events above the State’s maximum social gathering limit, is subject to change. Click here for most recent updates.
For each event above the social gathering limit, Responsible Parties must submit event details to the local health authority, at least 5 days in advance of the event date. All venues/event planners who have events going over the NYS’s maximum social gathering limits are to complete the Genesee Orleans (GO Health) COVID-19 In-Person and Catered Events Notification Form no less than 5 days prior to the event. This Notification Form can be found by clicking the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GOHealthNotification. Those who ignore the guidance can be fined and/or lose their permit to operate.
Business Reminder: It is important to periodically review your Business Safety Plan that was developed earlier on in the pandemic. As part of the plan businesses were encouraged to develop contact sheets for all patrons to assist with contact tracing in the event of a potential COVID-19 exposure. This will help in investigations and will limit the necessity of press releases which will help limit potential spread.
For the most recent updates check: https://forward.ny.gov/
The Departments of Agriculture and Markets, Health, and Labor are partnering with county health departments, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Farm Bureau and community health partners in Clinton, Genesee, Orleans, Ulster and Wayne Counties to offer free COVID-19 testing to agricultural workers. These counties were selected for this opportunity as these counties see the highest number of out-of-state workers during harvest season. For registration click the link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/78fd67f98e104d1c95f533cb8ac9c200 For more information click the following links: https://agriculture.ny.gov/covid-19-operator-checklist-farms • https://agriculture.ny.gov/interim-guidance-prevention-and-response-covid-19-farms • https://agriculture.ny.gov/covid-19-prevention-tips-farmworkers
For updated guidance visit NY Forward: https://forward.ny.gov/
The most important thing to remember is if you are having any type of symptoms to STAY HOME! Some of the symptoms people have been reporting are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste and/or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, headaches, fatigue nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.
- Businesses that are not in compliance may be subjected to a financial penalty. If you have questions regarding your business operations, please contact the Finger Lakes Regional Control Room: [email protected]
- To file a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community you can call 1-833-789-0470 or use the online form.
Click here for the most recent guidance regarding child care, day camps, and overnight camps.
COVID-19 Reminders and Additional Information
If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated. Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.
- When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names of close contacts, we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts.
- If you are experiencing ANY COVID-19 related symptoms STAY HOME! Do not go to work, do not go to the store, do not go anywhere, YOU are spreading the virus. STAY HOME!
- We encourage everyone to remember to be polite and respect individual privacy. If you have a complaint about someone or a business use the appropriate channels provided by the state. Using social media to air your complaints and accusing individuals / businesses of wrong doing generally does nothing to fix the problem. Be compassionate of other people and spread kindness.
- Take personal responsibility to protect yourself and others.
- Avoid public places event when traveling, if possible.
- If you are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks after Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 2 weeks after second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) wear a mask if you are within six feet of distance (indoors or out) from non-household individuals, in a situation where you can’t maintain six feet of distance from others, in public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.
- If soap and water isn’t readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue (or the inside of your elbow) and discard the tissue in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
What does recovered mean?
What ‘recovered’ means in relation to COVID-19: Generally when someone is recovered that means they are feeling better. With COVID-19 we are using the term recovered to show the individual is no longer able to spread the virus. This means they have been on isolation for at least 10 days, have not had a fever over 100³ for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication, and their respiratory symptoms are getting better. There have been cases where people have started doing better for a short period of time and then they are hit with symptoms again or a new set. Some have had continued respiratory issues, developed pneumonia, sepsis, other infections, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), extreme fatigue, etc. Because of the time in bed, there is a higher risk of blood clots which can cause strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms as well as other symptoms.
CV19 CheckUp: Learn about what your risk is to get COVID-19 and how to limit your risk. CV19 CheckUp is free, confidential, and easy to use. It is designed to help you be safer and healthier during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://newyork.cv19checkup.org/
Answer a few basic questions about yourself. Next, tell us how you’re feeling. It takes just a few seconds.
If you choose, you’ll receive daily email reminders to take the survey. It’s important to take the survey even on days you feel well. This will help our public health experts track the health of our community.