Health

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Updates

Last updated on December 7, 2022 10:05 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
Deb FullerRN585.268.7582deb.fuller@alleganyco.gov
Mackenzie DesotellTypist585.268.6250mackenzie.desotell@alleganyco.gov

Does your business, home, community, event, etc. need hand sanitizer (8 ounce gel pump bottle); cloth masks; KN95 masks; and/or alcohol wipes (soft pack of 50 wipes)?

Please contact the Allegany County Department of Health by sending an email to Daniel.Reynolds@alleganyco.gov or Deidre.Wolf@alleganyco.gov

iHealth 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

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

Isolation and Quarantine Forms

This is the most up to date information related to isolation and quarantine guidance. As new information becomes available, it will be posted here. Please the Isolation and/or Quarantine forms after reporting a positive COVID-19 home test.

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.

If you tested positive and did not yet receive a call please click on the Isolation Order and Release Form link above to retrieve and complete the form that your employer or school may require. 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.

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

Schools are responsible for tracking cases and reporting them to New York State. For specific information on schools, please click here. New Guidance for social distancing and masking at school was released in March of 2022, with updates made on May 31, 2022.

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. The CDC has provided additional information for those that may be at increased risk here.

There is currently not a vaccine or any proven antiviral treatment yet; however 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

Business Owners

For information related to business resources and requirements during COVID-19, there are several areas to look:

For posters and other general guidance to put up at your facility, please scroll down to “Posters and Other Communications”.

State Trackers

The NYSDOH has developed a COVID-19 tracker that shows daily stats Statewide and by County.

Johns Hopkins University has also developed a COVID-19 tracker that shows daily stats for Allegany County, providing different data based on five-year estimates from the American Community Survey.

Travel

Travel restrictions are no longer in place; however, guidance remains for certain aspects of travel related to testing requirements and/or vaccination status. Please visit the following CDC pages for domestic and international travel regulations.

For general updates on the outbreak in New York State and information from the CDC, please visit the following pages:

Schools

Schools are responsible for tracking cases and reporting them to New York State. For specific information on schools, please click here. New Guidance for social distancing and masking at school was released in March of 2022.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html#surfaces

As folks navigate through new challenges caused by the pandemic, people continue to seek emotional support to help them cope with the transitions, stress and anxiety. NY Project Hope continues to provide emotional support for all NYS residents. Below you will find an updated overview of our services, our online wellness group flier, along with other resources.