As more vaccine becomes available to local health departments and more groups are eligible for vaccination, additional closed PODs will be scheduled for people who live and work in Putnam County. Once the vaccine is more widely available, the health department will share public POD information with local newspapers and online news sites, post on our website and share on social media. This information will be updated as more information becomes available.
Putnam County offices are open to the public. Modified schedules and services may be in place. Appointments may be necessary, calling ahead is advised.
Consistent with recent CDC guidance, quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end after ten days without a testing requirement if no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period.
- Individuals must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14;
- Individuals must be counseled to continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14.
- Individuals must be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
Governor Cuomo announced as of 10 pm on November 13, all restaurants, bars, gyms and fitness centers must be closed between 10 pm and 5 am. Restaurants may continue take-out and delivery after 10 pm without alcohol service.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are restricted to 10 people as of 10 pm on November 13.
Travelers are able to ‘test-out’ of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. This travel advisory applies to people who were outside of New York for more than 24 hours in a state that does not border NY or in a country on the CDC level 2 or 3 advisory list. Travelers must test within 72 hours prior to traveling to NYS, quarantine for three days upon arrival, and test again on the fourth day. They can exit quarantine once a second negative result is received. If a traveler does not choose to be tested before and after travel, they must complete the 10-day quarantine. For additional information, including exemptions for essential workers, visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
The following industries have been permitted to reopen, some services may be restricted:
- Movie Theaters at 25% capacity
- Bowling Alleys at 50% capacity
- Gyms and Fitness Centers
- Higher Education
- Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
- Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
- Media Production
- Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans
- 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 household gatherings to 10 people or less
- 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.
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