Advice to Employers

Questions about the regional reopening, nursing home testing or face coverings?

Take a moment to watch Brian Young and Mary Beer discuss these items and more.

*This video was taped on the morning of 5/14. COVID data changes constantly. The COVID data released at 4:30 pm does not match the data discussed in this video. 

(Updated 5/15/2020)

Attention Employers, Worksites and Employees!

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New York Forward

Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to reopen New York State. Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

New York is reopening on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses reopen. New York State remains on PAUSE through May 15.

Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Reopening plans do NOT need to be approved by Public Health. Businesses must have a plan, must post it on their website and post it in a conspicuous place in their business.

In developing these plans, businesses will need to consider three main factors.

The first factor is protections for employees and customers. These include possible adjustments to workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace; enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.

The second is changes to the physical workspace, including requiring all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent close contact with others and implementing strict cleaning and sanitation standards.

The last factor for businesses to consider is implementing processes that meet our changing public health obligations, like screening individuals when they enter the workplace, or reporting confirmed positives to customers. While these processes will vary from business to business, almost everyone will have to adapt, in some way or another, to our new normal.

To learn more about the reopening check out the New York Forward site: Click here

For frequently asked questions: Click here

Guidance per industry: Click here

(Updated 5/13/2020)

Regional Guidelines for Re-Opening New York

CDC Guidelines: Based on CDC recommendations, regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. Regions with few COVID cases cannot exceed 15 new total cases or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day. Ontario County is a part of the Finger Lakes Region.

The Finger Lakes Region is defined as the following counties:

  • Ontario
  • Monroe
  • Wayne
  • Seneca
  • Yates
  • Genesee
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Wyoming

To began reopening, a 7 point set of metrics pertaining to hospitalization, hospital capacity and testing must be met. This and the 4 phase plan are available on the NYSDOH website below. 

NYS Regional Guide for Reopening: Click here

Regional Dashboard: Click here

Finger Lakes Hospitalization Rate: Click

(Updated 5/13/2020)

If employees are ill (cough, fever and shortness of breath) they should stay home until they are fully recovered.

Healthcare providers make the decision to test for COVID-19. That decision is between the healthcare provider and the patient. Please don’t create policies that require a negative COVID-19 test to return to work. Thank you!

If you have a concern or question about a business speak with the business or call the local code enforcement officer. 

YOU are the best defense against COVID-19!

Help to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, washing your hands,staying home as much as possible and cleaning frequently touched surfaces. 

Best you(Updated 5/14/2020) 

Update on Re-Opening of the Finger Lakes with Brian Young

(Updated 5/6/2020)