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COVID-19 Resources

Community Action Agencies across the country are taking steps to assist with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their local communities.  To this effort, Opportunities for Otsego is providing this webpage as a one-stop location for Otsego County residents to get information on related issues:

Testing

Vaccines

Travel Restrictions and Guidelines

Know Your Rights 

General Resources

 

Find a Test Site

Click on an icon below to get directions to a testing site in and around Otsego County and details on how to make an appointment. 

Home Test Kits

You can order COVID-19 diagnostic collection kits online. After completing an online screening, if testing is necessary, you will be able to place an order for a home test kit. The kit enables you to collect a nasal swab or saliva sample at home and send it to a certified lab for processing. You will receive secure digital results within days.

Pixel by Labcorp: Nasal Swab ($119): Covered by insurance, Federal Funds for those without insurance, or pay out-of-pocket. Must be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have underlying conditions to be eligible for this at-home testing kit.

Vault Health: Saliva Test. ($119): Pay by HSA, FSA, or pay out-of-pocket and submit a request for reimbursement to your insurance company. You can order and take a COVID-19 test regardless of whether or not you're experiencing symptoms. There is a "no symptoms" option you can select when ordering your test.

Hims & Hers: Saliva Test ($150): Pay by credit card.  Only people who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible for this at-home testing kit.

 

Vaccine Distribution & Appointments

Otsego County DOH Vaccine Information Hotline: 607.547.4240. This line is informational only.  

Sign Up for COVID and Vaccine Updates by Email

New York State-operated Vaccination Locations and Availability

Am I Eligible: New York State Vaccine Portal: Schedule an appointment online or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. 

Phase 1a and 1b Eligibility: Click the link for a complete, most up-to-date list of eligible groups and persons.  General groups and populations:

  • Medical providers and support staff
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Home care workers, Hospice workers
  • Individuals Age 65 and older
  • First Responders and support staff for First Responder Agencies
  • Corrections
  • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of the same household
  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
  • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • In-person college instructors

 

Transportation Assistance

People who have a vaccination appointment but have no way to get to the vaccination site should call ahead to arrange for transportation:

Getthere Mobility Management: Anyone living in Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Tioga or Broome county.  No referral needed.  Call 855.373.4040, Monday-Friday between 7:00AM-7:00PM.

Otsego County Office for the Aging & NY Connects: Otsego residents age 60 and older. Call 607.547.4232 or 607.547.4390.

 

Vaccine Myths vs. Facts

Johns Hopkins Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines - Myth Versus Fact 

 

Vaccine FAQ

CDC: Facts about Vaccines (English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, Other Languages)  

CDC: Considerations for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Persons

How Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work? (Video)

 

Know Before You Go

Travel Guidelines 

New York COVID-19 Hot Spots 

 

Your Rights Under COVID-19

Protections under New York State and Federal Orders: Paid sick leave; Unemployment; Health care and insurance; Mental health supports; Rent, mortgages and utilities; student loans.

 

General Resources

OFO Program Operation Updates

COVID-19 Resources & Response for Families and Caregivers (PCANY)

COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment