Health

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Updates

Last updated on March 5, 2024 08:52 am

View Allegany County’s new Facebook Page for official notifications and information.

Meet Our Covid-19 Team

Deidre WolfAccount Clerk Typist585.268.5033deidre.wolf@alleganyco.gov
Robert MatasichPublic Health Educator585.268.9437rob.matasich@alleganyco.gov
Mackenzie DesotellTypist585.268.6250mackenzie.desotell@alleganyco.gov

Does your business, home, community, event, etc. need at home COVID-19 test kits or KN95 masks?

Please contact the Allegany County Department of Health by sending an email to Leiya.Miller@alleganyco.gov


Information on where to find the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines – including booster doses and pediatric doses for 6 months and older – are available statewide through pediatricians, doctors, healthcare providers, pharmacies, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health clinics and other locations across New York State. Visit vaccines.gov or text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

Information on how to order free COVID-19 at home test kits

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order an additional 4 free at-⁠home tests beginning November 20. If you did not order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests.

Your order of COVID tests is completely free – you won’t even pay for shipping. Click here to order.



Isolation and Quarantine Forms

The Allegany County Department of Health does not issue individual Isolation or Quarantine orders. The isolation and quarantine forms may be used for Isolation/Quarantine Release or for New York Paid Family Leave COVID-19 claims.

This is the most up to date information related to isolation and quarantine guidance. As new information becomes available, it will be posted here.

Quarantine restricts movement of people are not sick, but may have been exposed to a disease. Isolation separates sick people with a disease from others who are not sick.

For other questions related to isolation and quarantine that cannot be found here, please contact the Allegany County Department of Health by calling 585-268-9250 or by email at healthinfo@alleganyco.gov.

You can also find more details about Isolation and Quarantine from the New York State Department of Health on their website here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/isolation-quarantine

Schools

New York State is currently following the CDC guidelines for K-12 schools found at the link below:

Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning (Links to CDC Guidance)

  • Isolation: When testing positive, stay home for 5 days. Return on the 6th day if symptoms are at least improving, and wear a mask the additional 5 days (days 6 through 10).

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/home-otc-covid-19-diagnostic-tests

Click the link above to find your test kit by Manufacturer and Name. The FDA site has an updated and extensive list of many at home OTC diagnostic test kits including information on expiration dates and shelf life extensions.

Flowflex COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Click the link above to find your test kit by Lot Number and Expiration Date as listed on the box.

FDA extended shelf-life

Add 9 months

QuickVue COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Click the link above to find your test kit by Lot Number and Expiration Date as listed on the box.

FDA extended shelf-life

Add 1 to 4 months

BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Click the link above to find your test kit by Lot Number and Expiration Date as listed on the box.

FDA extended shelf-life

Add 3 to 6 months

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that has been identified in countries all over the world.  Persons who have contracted the disease may show mild to severe symptoms, or be completely asymptomatic. The Allegany County Department of Health continues to work with New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), CDC, county & regional staff, and local community partners to keep our community members safe.

  • Please direct all questions related to COVID-19 concerns to (585) 268-9250 or email healthinfo@alleganyco.gov. You can also call the NYSDOH Coronavirus hotline by dialing 1-888-364-3065.

What are the Symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions may be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: Fever, with a cough or shortness of breath. Other symptoms that may appear include chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

If you think you may have been infected, call your health provider immediately. It is important that you do NOT show up at a health care provider’s office, an Urgent Care, or Emergency Room before calling – you may be putting others at risk. If symptoms are severe and you require an ambulance for transport, call 911 and notify the operator that you are experiencing symptoms relative to COVID-19.

How Can I Prevent an Infection?

Remember, older adults and people who have underlying health conditions are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the COVID-19 illness.

Individuals can take these preventive actions to help lessen the spread of respiratory disease:

  • Wash your hands often. If water is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. Children under the age of 2 should not wear face coverings.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If a tissue is not available use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Monitor your health daily and be alert for symptoms.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19

Looking for Emotional Support

There are several resources to use during a stressful time like this.

  • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
  • Allegany County Crisis Hotline:  888-448-3367
  • Allegany County Community Services:  585-593-1991 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255)
  • NYS Text Line:  Text “GOT5” to 741741
  • Veterans’ Crisis Lifeline:  822-273-8255 (Press 1)

Find General Information

For the most up to date information related to guidance on quarantine and isolation, please visit the NYSDOH COVID-19 Guidance Repository