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COVID-19 Check Up Tool
Use the NYS CV19 CheckUp Tool to assess how likely you are to get or spread COVID-19, how severe it might be if you get sick, steps to reduce your risks, and ways to have your needs met during the pandemic.

What can I do to protect myself?
You should take the following precautions to protect against COVID-19:

Should I wear a mask when out in public?
The New York State Health Commissioner’s December 10, 2021 Determination on Indoor Masking requires that masks be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.

When wearing a mask:

  • Make sure that it fits properly and cover your nose and mouth.
  • Be sure to change your mask frequently and launder reusable ones when they are soiled or wet.
  • Masks are not a replacement for keeping social distance. Masks are appropriate in any situation where social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as when you need to get groceries or medications.
  • Continue to be vigilant with thorough and frequent hand washing, practice respiratory etiquette and cover your coughs or sneezes, and practice social distancing – even when wearing masks.
  • Finally, stay home if you are feeling sick!

COVID-19 General recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of households with suspected or confirmed cases
As part of your everyday prevention actions, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home using a cleaning product that contains bleach. This includes tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles and appliances.

If I can't find disinfecting products at the store, can I make my own?
A soultion of bleach and water will be effective against COVID-19. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Be aware that there are dangers associated with mixing certain cleaners. The following are deadly combinations and should never be mixed together:

  • Bleach + vinegar = chlorine gas. This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes. 
  • Bleach + ammonia = chloramine. This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.
  • Bleach + rubbing alcohol = chloroform. This is highly toxic.
  • Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar = peracetic/peroxyacetic acid. This can be highly corrosive.
 
What is community mitigation?
Community mitigation (or non-pharmaceutical interventions) are actions that individuals and communities can take to slow the spread of COVID-19, when there are no pharmaceutical preventive or treatment options. Community mitigation is critically important for protecting individuals most vulnerable to COVID-19 and reducing strain on the health care system. These social disyancing actions include:
  • Not shaking hands, hugging or kissing when greeting people
  • Limiting visitors
  • Maintaining at a least six feet apart from others
  • Avoiding mass gatherings
  • Working at home
  • Closing schools and providing remote learning instruction to students
  • For additional information see CDC Community Mitigation Strategies