COVID-19 UPDATES

Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Update! 4-13-2021

IMPORTANT: If you have an appointment TODAY (4/13) at a State-run mass vaccination site for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be offered the Pfizer vaccine instead. You do NOT need to cancel your appointment.

The Arc Madison Cortland is committed to keeping the individuals we support, their families and our employees healthy and safe. We have infectious disease protocols in place and routinely takes steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout all main locations to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and a variety of other illnesses.

Because there is a great deal of information and mis-information circulating, we have begun adding links from the Centers for Disease Control with facts and information about COVID-19 and the vaccination. 

 

There are a number of steps that individuals, staff, and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and to prepare for such illness according to the state Department of Health. Should you have any questions please feel free to call 315-363-3389.

Benefits of getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Eligibility Expands to Individuals Aged 30+ and 16+ 

New Yorkers age 30 or older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible beginning April 6. No conditions are placed upon eligibility beyond the age of an individual.

 

COVID-19 Toolkit for People with Disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a helpful COVID-19 toolkit for people with disabilities. The toolkit includes several guidance documents, videos and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help people with disabilities and caregivers make decisions, protect their health, and communicate with their communities. 

 

DOH Updated Hospital Visitation Guidance

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued updated guidance on hospital visitation. Beginning April 1, patients may have up to two visitors at a time for up to four hours per day. The previous guidance only allowed for one visitor a day. 

 

The updated guidance continues to include language allowing patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) to have one support staff with them through the duration of the hospitalization. The update allows a second person to be present as a visitor during hospital-designated visiting hours.