COVID-19 Update
April 7, 2022
NYS DOH Extends Telehealth Flexibilities
The New York State Department of Health extended the emergency regulations allowing flexibility in delivery of services via telehealth through June 19, 2022. During the public health emergency, all eligible Medicaid providers were authorized to utilize telehealth, including audio-only telephone or other audio-only technology. A full description of the emergency rulemaking can be found starting on page 14 of the New York State Register.
Reporting Positive At-Home Tests
The New York State Department of Health is directing that positive results of at-home COVID-19 tests be reported to the appropriate Local Health Department (LHD) for people supported and staff in any OPWDD group home. 
Questions related to this directive can be sent to OPWDD at
NYSDOH Flyer on COVID-19 Treatment
The NYSDOH released a flyer on the two types of treatment that are available for someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This flyer may be of interest to employees. 
Eligibility for Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
On Wednesday, Governor Hochul announced that adults 50 years and older who have received a booster of an mRNA vaccine may receive a second booster. Four months must have passed since the first booster dose was received. People 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are also eligible. Additional information on booster doses can be found on the NYS Booster Doses webpage
This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.
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