Special Edition: COVID-19 (2-4-22)

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: What is the definition of “last date of exposure” if living with someone who tests positive? i.e. spouse, significant other, etc.

ANSWER: The “last date of exposure” is the last date of contact or the date the positive person goes into isolation. If the person does not or is unable to fully isolate from the other household members, the “last date of exposure” is the positive persons last day of quarantine.

QUESTION: Is there a resource list of local COVID testing sites, with dates, times and cost?

ANSWER: SNHS is collaborating with CTS and the Seneca Nation, the Nation is hosting/providing a venue on Nation residential territories. Allegany Territory hosts CTS at the Allegany Community Center as of 12/30/2021. Cattaraugus Territory hosts CTS at Seneca Fire- Station 2 (behind the Gil Lay Arena) as of 1/3/2022. CTS accepts insurance information but is free for those without insurance. Currently, testing is available 7 days per week from 11am-6pm daily at the Allegany Territory location and 1pm-6pm Cattaraugus Territory location. There are additional locations throughout Western New York- dates and times vary. https://ctestingservices.org/new-york. NYS provides the website/resource below to “Find a Test Site Near You” https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

QUESTION: Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

ANSWER: Yes, the definition of fully vaccinated has not changed and does not include the booster shot. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated, however is not the same as optimally protected. To be optimally protected, a person needs to get a booster shot when and if eligible.

QUESTION: How come I/others are not re-tested before we are allowed out of Isolation?

ANSWER: People can still test positive, without being contagious, for up to 90 days after infection. Release from isolation is time- and symptom-based.