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Albany County Department of Health Elizabeth F. Whalen, MD, MPH, Commissioner 175 Green Street Albany, NY 12202 Phone (518) 447-4580 Fax (518) 447-4698

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All people in NY must wear masks or face coverings in public when 6 feet of social distancing can't be maintained.

Prevention Basics…

  • Practice Social Distancing.  Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible.  In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others.  Avoid unnecessary appointments.  
  • Wash Your Hands.  Cover Your Cough.   Cover your cough and sneezes.  Use your elbow or a tissue.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Take Caution with At-Risk Persons.  Avoid visiting those most at risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions), call instead.  Offer help with groceries and other goods to pick up and drop off without face-to-face contact. 

Face Mask Advice

Tips for reusing masks from

  • Masks may be worn continuously until visibly soiled or moist from breathing.
  • When removed and stored, masks should be carefully folded so that the outer surface is held inward and against itself. The folded mask can be stored in a clean, sealable paper bag or breathable container.

New York State Contact Tracing
Social Distancing with Face Masks
Social Distancing
"NYS on Pause" and "Matilda's Law"
All NYS Gathering Restrictions

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