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Who is at risk?

The novel coronavirus is rapidly spreading through our communities, and the workers most at-risk of being exposed to the virus include health care workers, medical waste workers, airline workers, hospitality workers, food service workers, janitors and housekeeping workers. 

If you have been exposed or think you may have been exposed to coronavirus, please follow self-quarantine guidelines and contact your local healthcare provider and follow their instructions. Ask them to notify the state or local health department. Guidelines for what to do can be found on the CDC websiteEven if you do not have symptoms, you may be contagious and infect others. 


If you are a worker whose work has been impacted by the Coronavirus, learn more about the resources available in New York State and Albany County to stay safe and healthy in your job. 

For up to date information on COVID-19 in New York, visit:

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

OSHA Resources

OSHA protects the health and safety of all workers in their workplace. The law says that all workers must be provided with a workplace that is free of any known hazards. 

If your job requires you to work in an environment where you might be exposed to COVID-19, your employer should protect you as much as possible from exposure to the virus.


See below for more information about OSHA protections for workers exposed to COVID-19:

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

OSHA Standards that apply to COVID-19

OSHA Health and Safety Topics: COVID-19

What to do if your job is affected by COVID-19

If you lost your job because of the virus, you are eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance


In New York state, the Department of Labor is waiving the 7-day waiting period for those who apply for Unemployment Insurance after losing their job due to COVID-19.

If you experience discrimination at your job or are not paid for all the hours you worked, contact the NYS Attorney General's office.


If you are an employer and need to give an employee paid sick leave, click the button below to see the requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Have any more questions on COVID-19? Click the button below for FAQ, by the New York Times.

If you or your minor dependent child face mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to COVID-19, you are eligible for paid sick leave. Click the button below for more information. 

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Worker's Compensation during COVID-19

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), consider filing a claim for New York State Workers’ Compensation benefits. A contagious and uncontrolled disease which can be contracted at the workplace may make you eligible for a Worker's Compensation case under New York State Workers’ Compensation Law.

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