Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Know How it Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How to Disinfect
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
At this time, the CDC continues to recommend people contact a primary care provider for a complete assessment. A healthcare provider will be able to assess and if indicated, test for flu or other viruses. If you have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed and has symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and fever, you should call tell your health care provider when you call.
As with any illness:
Stay home when you are sick. Remain home for at least 72 hours after you no longer have a fever (without taking fever-reducing medication) or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance)
Limit your contact with others as much as possible, even from the members in your household
Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
If you feel ill enough to dial 911, you must inform the dispatcher of any risk factors
Where can I get tested?
Some private healthcare providers in Putnam County are able to provide testing. A healthcare provider will be able to assess and if indicated, test for flu or other viruses. If you have had direct contact with someone known to have tested positive with COVID-19 or have recently returned from an area with a high incidence of COVID-19, please inform your healthcare provider before you go to your appointment. Some healthcare providers are offering telemedicine visits, a virtual visit through your computer or phone.
Call for screening at 888-364-3065 or complete the online assessment here.
Pulse MD Urgent Care
Testing is available after a virtual visit with one of their providers. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call 845-204-9260.
Testing is available after a primary care or urgent care virtual visit. A virtual visit can be scheduled on their website.
Nuvance Health is offering testing for new and existing patients at primary care practices. Testing is also available at their Urgent Care Centers.
AFC Urgent Care
Testing is available after a virtual visit with one of their providers. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call 203-826-2140.
Northwell Health Urgent Care
Testing is available after a virtual or in-person visit with a provider. To find the closest location or schedule a virtual visit, please visit their website.
Westchester Medical Center
Call 914-202-4530 for a pre-screening and an appointment. You can also request an appointment online in English or Spanish.
Select CVS pharmacies with drive-thru windows are offering rapid testing. Visit their website to find your closest location.
Test result turnaround times vary depending on the lab the specimen was sent to and which state the test was performed. Generally, it takes three to five days for test results to to be reported. Sometimes, results can be ready within 24 hours (not typical) and can take up to 2 weeks (out of state).
How do I know if I was exposed to a lab-confirmed case?
Once a lab-confirmed case is identified, our communicable disease staff immediately begin to perform a case investigation. This means that every person with a positive result is interviewed to find out who they have been in contact with while infections. All contacts are called directly by the NYS Contact Tracers, given instructions to quarantine and are monitored as needed. This is also known as contact tracing.
PCDOH does not release the names of the people who have positive results. We follow HIPAA (patient privacy) regulations, which protects this information.
How many tests have been done in Putnam County?
The total number of tests done in Putnam County, including tests done by PCDOH, NYSDOH and private entities, can be found here
What can I do to protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We recommend staying home as much as possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, including:
Practice Social Distancing (also known as physical distancing)
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cough into your elbow, or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Do not share personal items such as water bottles.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home and away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
If you must go out for essential tasks, wear a face covering to protect those around you
How do I clean for COVID-19?
CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting can be found here. Clean high touch surfaces often (e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.).