COVID-19 Resources

The members of the New York State Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans (NYSCOP) remain focused on the safety and wellbeing of health plan members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCBS health plans Implement Changes to Help Consumers including:

  • No cost to members for COVID-19 vaccine
  • No cost to members for COVID-19 testing
  • No cost to members for office, urgent care, or ER visits related to COVID-19.
  • Waiver of early refills limits for 30 or 90-day supplies of medications.
  • Home delivery available for up to 90-day supply of medication at one time.
  • No cost mental and emotional support services.

As the COVID-19 crisis escalated through 2020, Excellus Blue Cross BlueShield worked to protect and serve local families, employers, providers and community organizations across our upstate communities during this critical time of need.

Coverage and Special Enrollment

If you have recently lost coverage from your employer due to the public health emergency, BCBS health plans have several free and low-cost healthcare options available. Loss of coverage due to job loss is considered a qualifying event allowing people to sign up for coverage without waiting for open enrollment.

Uninsured New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly to insurers during a special enrollment period that has been extended through December 31, 2021.

Individuals can enroll in other state-sponsored programs such as Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus, at any time.

Telehealth Access

Remote medical care, known as telemedicine or telehealth, is when a patient and a provider communicate by audio, video or text messaging. BCBS health plans have expanded telehealth coverage to all plan members and waived any member cost-share responsibility for telemedicine services, regardless of the medical issue.

If your provider does not offer telehealth services, BCBS plans can help.

For more information:
Excellus BCBS
Empire BCBS

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State Data

Last Updated November 23, 2021:

  • 118,953 Test Results Reported
  • 5,336 Positives
  • 4.49% Positive
  • 2,515 Hospitalizations (+154)
  • 27 new deaths reported by healthcare facilities

Vaccine Update

  • 90.1% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
  • 77.2% of all New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
  • 76,451 doses administered over last 24 hrs
  • 29,226,424 total doses administered

Vaccine Tracker

Updates from the CDC

CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker
An integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Find current transmission rates in all 62 New York counties.



Research from Johns Hopkins University

Daily numbers of confirmed cases and deaths

Johns Hopkins experts are aggregating data from multiple credible sources for tracking, tracing and testing of COVID-19. Stay up to date on New York’s numbers and see how they compare with other states and countries.

Understanding Vaccination Progress

Track trends in COVID-19 cases and tests by state

COVID-19 basics: Frequently Asked Questions