Coronavirus Information

CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker

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Latest Information - Updated 8/23/22


  • Close contact: A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • Fully vaccinated: means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Calculating quarantine: The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.

Mask and Social Distancing Guidance:

Per CDC Guidelines, it is highly recommended that the employees working in high transmission areas should continue to wear a mask and social distance indoors regardless of vaccination status due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.

Please use the link below to determine those high transmission areas. You can search by the state and county in which you work. For high transmission areas, we will continue to follow CDC recommendation to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

It is most important to wear a well-fitting mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection. While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitting respirators (such as N95 and KN95) provide the highest level of protection.

To locate sites that offer free N95 masks in your area, please use the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/free-masks.html

We ask that employees continue to social distance while in the office as best as you can.

If you are immunocompromised or high risk, the CDC recommends following up with your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask.

Although your location may not be in a high transmission area, please take extra precautions if you feel safer wearing a mask and be mindful of others who may have differing levels of comfort as it relates to pandemic safety.

Please continue following the guidelines set by your center if they require that you wear a mask and social distance.

If you are located in our NY offices, please refer to New York’s State site for COVID-19 information and quarantine guidelines: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/isolation-quarantine


When to get tested:

  • If you have symptoms, test immediately.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.

Quarantine Guidance after exposure:

Start the following precautions immediately by wearing a well fitted mark for 10 full days and watch for symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure

If you develop symptoms

  • Quarantine immediately
  • Get tested
  • Stay home until you know the result. If your test result is positive, follow the quarantine guidance for individuals who test positive.

    Quarantine Guidance after testing positive for COVID-19:

    All team members, up-to-date on vaccinations or not, will be asked to stay home (and can work remotely) if they test positive for COVID-19.

    You may return to work after:

    • At least 5 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
    • Your symptoms are improving

    Continue to wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days from the start of your isolation period.

    ** If you were severely ill with COVID-19 or are immunocompromised, you should quarantine for at least 10 days.


    Quarantine protocols may need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances. Please continue to report exposures and positive cases to Heather Dulick, Michelle Ruiz or Katie Zylla.


    Please check this page regularly as we will continue to update with any new changes as we are made aware.


    Vaccine Information

    For information on the COVID-19 information, please refer to the resources below.

    FDA Website

    CLICK HERE

    COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked

    CLICK HERE

    Moderna Fact Sheet

    CLICK HERE

    Pfizer-BioNTech Fact Sheet

    CLICK HERE

    How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

    Cloth face coverings should:

    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Be secured with ties or ear loops
    • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • Allow for breathing without restriction
    • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape


    CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

    CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

    Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

    The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

    Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

    • Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

    How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

    • A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

    How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

    • Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

    Over-the-Counter Rapid COVID-19 Tests

    Effective January 15th, private insurance companies are required to cover the cost of at-home rapid tests, allowing individuals to be reimbursed for tests they purchase at pharmacies and online retailers. This requirement will be in place until the end of the Public Health Emergency.

    Our Pharmacy Benefit Manager, PharmAvail, has outlined the following procedure for our members:

    • Members covered on the group’s health plan may purchase tests at participating PharmAvail/IPM network pharmacies. To locate a pharmacy in your area, visit www.pharmavail.com.
      • Click here to view the COVID-19 at home tests flyer
    • Coverage allows up to eight (8) OTC Covid-19 tests in a month. If one package includes two tests, each test will count towards the limit of eight tests.
    • No cost sharing requirements will be required for tests purchased through the pharmacy POS under the pharmacy benefit (this includes copays, deductibles, coinsurance).

    UPDATED REIMBURSEMENT PROCESS 2/1/22:

    • Members may choose to purchase OTC Covid-19 tests outside of the pharmacy benefit through retail stores or online. Members who pay out of pocket should hold on to their receipts so they may submit a claim for reimbursement.
    • PharmAvail will reimburse the cost of each test up to $12 (standard retail price).
    • Shipping costs will not be reimbursed for online orders.
    • Refer to PharmAvail’s COVID-19 Over-the-Counter (OTC) At-Home Test Member Reimbursement Form for instructions on how to mail the receipts and the form.

    Please note that retail stores and pharmacies are still experiencing shortages in supply of OTC Covid-19 tests and we are not able to guarantee availability.

    FREE COVID-19 TESTS

    You can request free COVID-19 tests at the following website: www.COVIDtests.gov. This website was live as of Tuesday, January 18th.

    Four free tests are available per household with no shipping costs. Tests will typically ship within 7-12 business days of ordering through the U.S. Postal Service.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at-home testing when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms and muscle aches, five days after a potential COVID-19 exposure.

    EDSI's Employee Assistance Program

    For further resources or support during this difficult time, employees have access to EDSI’s Employee Assistance Program. The Employee Assistance Program is a counseling service that helps you manage life challenges before they adversely affect your personal life, health and job performance.

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