Putnam County offices are open to the public. Modified schedules and services may be in place. Appointments may be necessary, calling ahead is advised.
For travelers entering New York, under Governor Cuomo’s executive order there is a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all coming from a state with a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven-day rolling average. The states on this travel advisory are updated weekly and can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
The Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Putnam County, begins Phase 4 of reopening on Tuesday, July 7. The following industries are permitted to reopen, some services may be restricted:
- Higher Education
- Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
- Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
- Media Production
- Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans
The above industries join the others allowed to open during Phases 1,2 and 3. Services at these industries may have restrictions:
- Indoor Dining at 50% capacity
- Outdoor Dining and Take-Out/Delivery
- Tanning and nail salons
- Massage Therapy
- Tattoo and piercing facilities
- Real Estate
- In-store Retail
- Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals
- Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning Services
- Commercial Building Management
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Wholesale Trade
For specific guidance for each of the reopening Phases and the affected industries, please visit forward.ny.gov/ny-forward
Please continue to use common sense. Be mindful of your neighbors, our communities and our vulnerable populations, to reduce the spread and exposure to COVID-19. PCDOH continues to recommend:
- Social (or physical) distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals
- Frequent handwashing with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer when handwashing is not an option
- Cloth face coverings or masks worn in all public spaces, especially when you cannot guarantee at least 6 feet of space between individuals
- Limit social events to 50 people or less, or up to 50% capacity of the space, and follow social distancing protocols
- Stay up to date with the latest information so you can make educated decisions for yourself and your family
As with any new disease, information changes frequently. The PCDOH and the County Executive are making every effort to keep you as informed as possible by sharing accurate, up-to-date information.
The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, including the breakdown by town, is shared at www.putnamcountyny.com/COVID19. There may be people with COVID-19 in our community that are not reflected in lab-confirmed case numbers. They may have not been tested yet, could be awaiting lab results, or are asymptomatic yet contagious. Please stay home as much as possible and keep your distance if you must go out to slow the spread.
If you develop flu-like symptoms and are not short of breath, the best thing you can do for yourself and your community is stay home. If you are feeling more severely ill, and, are having trouble breathing, do not delay seeking medical care. Prior to presenting to a healthcare provider’s office, urgent care or local emergency room, call ahead to inform them if you have had a risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you call 911, inform the dispatcher of your risk of exposure.
Respiratory illnesses spread quickly, and so does disinformation. Refer to trusted sources, with track records of providing accurate science and health related information. Outbreaks involving COVID-19 evolve quickly and recommendations from public health officials may change as new information becomes available.
For general COVID-19 questions, call 211 or the NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
For mental health counseling, please call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314.
If you would like to be tested, please visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you to find a testing site.
Last updated July 6 at 12pm