Governor Kathy Hochul December 10, 2021 announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This a major action to address the winter surge comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide to be in alignment with the CDC's recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission. The State Health Commissioner issued a determination solidifying the requirement.
This determination is based on the State's weekly seven-day case rate as well as increasing hospitalizations. The new business and venue requirements extend to both patrons and staff. This measure is effective December 13, 2021 until January 15, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions. The new measure brings added layers of mitigation during the holidays when more time is spent indoors shopping, gathering, and visiting holiday-themed destinations.
Tips to Help Kids Wear Masks at School
Thank you parents and guardians! In many ways you have already started helping your child practice wearing a mask for the start of in-person classes. Parents and guardians wearing a mask in front of children and talking with them on what to expect in the upcoming year is very helpful. Below are some additional ideas to help kids cope with masks.
The old motto of a great defense is the best offense certainly applies to preventing or slowing the spread of contagious viruses like COVID-19.
Especially lately, you have heard the mantra - WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY - and hopefully you do so as you know it is important to prevent spreading or catching germs. But did you know why? And do you know why it is so important to wash for 20 seconds (much longer than you might think as you stand at the sink)? And why soap is such an important component?
Please watch the video below that explains in easy to understand detail, why washing for 20 seconds WITH soap is one of the BEST ways to prevent spreading or catching COVID-19 and other germs.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WASHING YOUR HANDS
Cloth Face Masks
Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Unvaccinated:
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical face masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.
- The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.
See the graphics below for very important considerations when using cloth face masks. Remember save the N95 and surgical masks for healthcare professionals. You need to continue to physically distance yourself (social distance), limit trips to the store (only 1 person from each family if safe), wash your hands and stay home . Remember, if you are an essential worker and you are sick, stay home.