Wondering about masking?
New York health officials are reviewing the latest guidance on masking from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC states that people who are fully vaccinated can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
We have been instructed that New York’s masking mandate, is still in place and requires that masks continue to be worn in public settings and when unable to maintain social distancing.
“In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Thursday. “We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states.”
More to come but for now, wear the mask.
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.
Face Coverings in Public Recommended by the CDC
Learn to make a face covering from everyday items in your home.
The CDC is now recommending that the general public wear cloth face coverings when we must go into public (like grocery or pharmacy trips). The NYSDOH has released an Executive Order for work-sites to wear a face covering when interacting with the public. These effort helps to lesson asymptomatic carriers from spreading COVID-19. Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. Still shop 6 feet from others. The public is urged to use cloth and not to purchase surgical loop masks or N95 masks to help ensure enough masks for healthcare providers. Learn how to make a cloth face covering from inexpensive house hold items.
(YouTube Video(Updated 4/16/2020)
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
SIX STEPS TO PREVENTING CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
ONTARIO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH 3-25-20 COVID-19 MESSAGE
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.