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· This week’s COVID-19 Satellite Sites are as follows:
o Tuesday, January 4th:Croton OVAC – 1st doseCarrie E. Tompkins Elementary School2:45 PM – 6:45 PM
o Tuesday, January 4thColumbus School, New Rochelle – 1st dose275 Washington Ave3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
o Wednesday, January 5thPort Chester Middle School – 2nd Dose113 Bowman Avenue, Rye Brook3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
o Thursday, January 6thChappaqua Robert E. Bell Middle School - 2nd dose50 Senter Street3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
o Friday, January 7thYonkers Eugenio Maria de Hostos Microsociety School2nd dose75 Morris Street3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
o Saturday, January 8thPeekskill Middle School – 2nd dose212 Ringgold Street10:00 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 exposure – this 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.