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Coronavirus Information
Since so much is still being learned, here are some of the most reliable sources of information from the medical community:
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Read about COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Legislation

As soon as the public health community develops universally-recognized best practices and appropriate procedures Local 43 will share materials here to help you address this and other similar potential outbreaks. In the meantime, members are urged to get the most current information solely from the reputable sources listed above.

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Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

As you know, Governor Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency. This allows him to suspend rules and regulations where necessary to address this public health concern. The NYS Time and Attendance manual has regulations that address mandated quarantines and other related matters as they apply to New York State employees. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions concerning COVID-19.

If you have a medical question, such as a pre-existing condition and/or risks associated with potential exposure to COVID-19, please contact your health care provider!

According to the CDC: Wear a facemask if you are sick.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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According to the CDC: Wear a facemask if you are sick.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • UPDATE: As of 4-15-2020 the recommendation has been upgrade to WEAR A MASK click here for Gov. Cuomo's
Any EPA/DEC registered product will disinfect surfaces of COVID-19. For a list of these products, visit COVID19.pdf
Questions regarding pre-existing conditions and / or high risks should be discussed in a conversation between you and your healthcare provider. You can see the steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting sick at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications
It is smart for all of us, including our families, to use good practices such as washing our hands frequently with soap and water, keeping as much space from others as possible when in groups, wiping down all surfaces with approved products and sneezing into tissues and disposing of them quickly and appropriately. If you are feeling sick for any reason, use your accruals to stay home for a few days to avoid spreading any kind of illness.
Follow standard protocol by first calling your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and have them offer guidance on what you should do based upon your individual situation.
It is unknown how long and how much further this virus will spread. The best efforts to stop it are to take all practical measures to identify where it is (call your health care provider if you feel sick) and contain it (stay home if you feel sick, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes and face, wipe down surfaces you contact and avoid extensive travel if possible).
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