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Librarian's Guide for Real World Questions

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Testing, Isolation and Quarantine

CDC Streamlines COVID Guidelines- August 2022  CDC is streamlining their guidance about COVID risks, how to protect themselves and others, what to do if they are exposed or get sick.

Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests from USPS: Every home in the U.S. can order 8 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number. U.S. households can now place a total of #2 separate orders for free, at-home COVID-19 rapid tests (#4 tests per order). If an order was previously placed for your address, you can place a second order now.

Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans Required to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests: Starting January 15th, insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month.

Saratoga County Testing Information: Includes a reporting form for Saratoga County residents to report positive test results from COVID-19 at-home tests, and a reporting form for COVID-19 Test to Stay Program. 

Which COVID-19 Test Should You Use? - Yale Medicine explains the different types of COVID-19 tests.

NYS Testing Sites

NYS Find a Test Site Near You

What to Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19, or Were Exposed to Someone Who Has COVID-19

August 20: CDC COVID 19 Quarantine and Isolation Tracker

NYS Exposure to COVID Guidelines Opens a PDF with detailed guide for response to exposure to COVID

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Protocols 

 

Finding a Vaccine/ Proving Vaccination

New York State

Vaccine Finder  
This one stop vaccine finder starts with your zip code and connects to local availability of vaccine across all options.  Efficient and powerful FINDER that now includes information about locations offering vaccines for kids ages 5-11! 


Proof of Vaccination

NYS Excelsior Pass / Pass Plus 

Currently, all Excelsior Vaccination Passes retrieved after December 11th will expire on March 31, 2022. To avoid having your Vaccination Pass expire, eligible New Yorkers can also retrieve the Excelsior Vaccination Pass Plus – which as a secure, digital copy of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination recorddoes not expire. For more details about the difference and how to switch to the Excelsior Pass Plus if you previously used the NYS Excelsior Pass or if you want to know how to update your record to include your booster, click here

New York City COVID-19 Restrictions and Protocols

New York City - Travel Guide and COVID

NYC Covid Safe App for Android -You can use the app as part of the “Key to NYC Pass” initiative to provide proof of vaccination.
NYC Covid Safe App for Apple - You can use the app as part of the “Key to NYC Pass” initiative to provide proof of vaccination.

 

Vaccine Eligibility

Eligibility

CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine for 5 – 11 year-olds 

All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Booster Doses: Covid-19 Vaccines in NYS 

New Yorkers 5 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 

New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose.