Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit:

Local Assistance Hotlines:

  • New York State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline for Mental Health Counseling: 1-844-863-9314
  • Yates County Public Health: 315-536-5160
  1. Isolation & Quarantine Instructions and Orders for Yates County Residents

    NYSDOH has updated guidance on isolation and quarantine as of 1/12/2022. Positive cases and close contacts will not receive a phone call from New York State or Public Health. If you need an isolation or quarantine order, Read on...
  2. YCPH COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics

    Anyone 5 years and older can attend YCPH COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic hours! Read on to learn more about our clinic hours are Read on...
  3. Free At Home Test Kits For Yates County Residents

    Yates County residents can pick up free test kits along with free KN95 masks at their local library during regular business hours and other participating locations throughout Read on...
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Interactive Dashboards:

NYS COVID 19 Vaccine tracker

This dashboard is maintained by New York State and shows the percentage of New York residents who are vaccinated. 

Percentage positive results by County dashboard

This dashboard, maintained by New York State, shows the percentage values of people tested versus a positive result. If you want to filter by county, check the county on the right menu of the dashboard. You may also filter by region by clicking the blue button labeled "View percentage positive results by region"

New York State COVID-19 tracker

This dashboard workbook, maintained by the Department of Health, has various tabs at the top of the page that will show a breakdown of data from all counties and has many different charts and graphs of coronavirus cases, tests and fatalities.

COVID-19 weekly update as of June 27th:

June 27th, 2022 will be our last COVID-19 weekly update. Yates County COVID-19 updates can be found at COVID-19 Data in New York | Department of Health (

The CDC COVID-19 community level is Low. The level is updated every Thursday by the CDC. 

06-27-2022 COVID 19 Update

Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19?

All New York residents can now be tested whether they have symptoms or not. 

Others who should get tested are: 

  • An individual who has symptoms of COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms including:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose or Congestion 
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Where Can Residents Get Tested for COVID-19?

  • Your Healthcare Provider office
  •  URMC urgent care clinics in Canandaigua (585-978-8240) 
  •  Wellnow Urgent Care in Geneva (315-230-4074) and Canandaigua (585-412-5630)
  •  Finger Lakes Health Urgent Care in Geneva (315-781-2000)
  •  Rite Aid Pharmacy in Penn Yan - drive thru testing (315-536-2446  or click here for more information)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy in Penn Yan - drive thru testing. Register for an appointment online.
  • Village Drug and Water Street Pharmacy offer free COVID testing for school age children. Register for an appointment online

If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs may include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency.

Sick with COVID-19:
Click here to learn what to do if you are sick with COVID-19. 

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

Anyone can become ill with COVID-19. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • People ages 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

 People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

    Prevention tips to stay healthy for our seniors and high risk individuals of any age
    Click here for more at risk groups

Know how it spreads

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


 COVID-19 may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms, like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Chills or repeated shakin with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell 

If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider for more information. 


Everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible. 
  • Wear a facial covering in indoor public settings. 

For people who are sick:

  • Stay home.
  • Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
  • Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.