Jan. 14, 2022
New York wants you to know what to do if you get Covid-19
If you test positive for Covid-19, don't expect a call from your local health department talking about isolation.
What is more important, the state decided, is making sure people know what to do once they test positive or have been exposed to Covid-19, and it placed its updated guidance and frequently asked questions about quarantines and isolation on its website Thursday night.
You'll have to isolate – keep away from others for at least five days. And since the state said this week counties do not have to do contact tracing, it wants you to notify your close contacts of their exposure to you.
The latest statistics: Covid-19 statistics from state and county departments of health, as well as new data from the New York Times' national Covid-19 tracking project. Read more
New York turning a corner in winter surge of positive Covid-19 cases, Hochul says: New York State is past the worst of the Omicron surge, with overall cases down to about 49,000 from a peak of 90,000, the governor said. Read more
Omicron intensified mental health challenges in WNY. Here's how you can address them: Melissa Farrell of Spectrum Health encourages everyone to establish an intentional plan for wellness in the coming weeks, writes The News' Scott Scanlon. Read more
BPS down 54 school bus drivers due to Covid, district says: First Student, the private company that operates yellow buses for the district, has been able to complete afternoon runs and "clear" all routes consistently in the 6 p.m. hour, Cash said. Read more