COVID-19 & Flu Protocols (as of January 2023)

DOROT is pleased to be actively welcoming our community back to in-person programs in older adults’ homes and onsite at DOROT’s Manhattan and Westchester offices.

For the safety of our community DOROT strongly recommends that everyone be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive updated boosters as they become available. We also strongly encourage all constituents to vaccinate against the flu annually.

Although DOROT will no longer require proof of vaccination or inquire about vaccination status for participation in DOROT’s programs or for volunteering, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted.


Masks: DOROT staff and volunteers must be masked when visiting with an older adult in their home. Older adults are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear masks during these visits.

All constituents must wear masks when participating in onsite programs.

Day-of Protocol: If you answer “yes” to any of the following three questions on the day you plan to participate, please immediately cancel your plans to come to DOROT or participate in any in-person scheduled activity, including a home visit.


  1. Have you tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 5 days?
  2. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea?
  3. Have you had close immediate contact in the past 48 hours with any person who has the flu or COVID-19, or who is suspected to have COVID-19 or flu based on their symptoms? (Close contact refers to being within less than 6 feet of the diagnosed/suspected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.)

If you test positive for COVID-19 or contract the flu within 48 hours of participating in a program at DOROT, please reach out to your DOROT program contact. This is for informational purposes only. You may return to in person programs after 5 days and no longer symptomatic.

DOROT continuously seeks the guidance of medical professionals and authorities and will adapt our protocols as the public health environment changes.

January 2023