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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19!

Covid 19 spotlight -Roll up your sleeve vaccines protect everyone

·         This week’s COVID-19 Satellite Sites are as follows:

o   Tuesday, January 4th:
Croton OVAC – 1st dose
Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School
2:45 PM – 6:45 PM

o   Tuesday, January 4th
Columbus School, New Rochelle – 1st dose
275 Washington Ave
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

o   Wednesday, January 5th
Port Chester Middle School – 2nd Dose
113 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

o   Thursday, January 6th
Chappaqua Robert E. Bell Middle School - 2nd dose
50 Senter Street
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

o   Friday, January 7th
Yonkers Eugenio Maria de Hostos Microsociety School
2nd dose

75 Morris Street
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

o   Saturday, January 8th
Peekskill Middle School – 2nd dose
212 Ringgold Street
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


·         New York State is providing an additional vaccination site at the Grinton I. Will Library at 1500 Central Park Ave in Yonkers on the following dates:

o   1/8/2022: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

o   1/29/2022: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


·         
Free PCR testing is available at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Testing is only available for symptomatic persons or those with known exposurethis testing is not for travel. Testing is by appointment only.

o   Residents can sign up for testing here: https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=24841628&calendarID=6348560

o   Testing is available at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon at 52 S 6th Avenue. This site will be open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The site will provide rapid tests and may provide PCR tests at a later date and time.

o   Those in need of a test can additionally use the New York State COVID-19 Test Site Finder to find test sites near them: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

o   Those in need of a test can also call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 888-364-3065

o   Those in need of a test can also make appointments at Westchester Medical Center’s COVID-19 Testing Site in Valhalla by calling 914-202-4530


Westchester County has prepared a hotline for individuals quarantining and in need of food assistance. Individuals in need of assistance can call (914) 995-5566 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

 New York State released new guidance regarding isolation and quarantine. This guidance can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/nys_updated_isolation_quarantine_guidance_01042022.pdf

 Of note in this guidance:

·         For isolation and quarantine of the general population:

 Isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive [test].  

If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.

 Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.  

Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.

·         If exposed to COVID-19, quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure:

  If not fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.

   If fully vaccinated and boosted (with the booster at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure) or not yet eligible for a booster, no quarantine is required but these individuals should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.

o   If possible, test at day 5 with either a PCR or antigen test.

o   If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, quarantine would end when the test is negative. If testing is not done, isolate according to the guidance above.

 ·         The FDA amended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. The CDC still has to weigh in and issue final clinical recommendations, meaning these recommendations are not yet final, but the initial changes are as follows:

o   Eligibility for boosters is recommended to include individuals aged 12-15.

o   The time between a 2nd dose and a booster shot is recommended to be shortened to 5 months.

o   A third primary series dose was authorized for certain immunocompromised children aged 5-11 years, to be administered 4 weeks after the 2nd dose.

§  Children aged 5-11 who are not immunocompromised do not need a 3rd dose at this time, but the FDA continues to monitor the situation.


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