Entries by Brian K. Austin

Putnam County Health Commissioner Issues Standing Order for Isolation of Lab Positive COVID-19 Residents STAY AT HOME ORDERED FOR ANY PERSON TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

A “Commissioner’s Standing Isolation Order” for mandatory isolation related to COVID-19 has been issued by the Putnam County Commissioner of Health to separate sick people from healthy people and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Standing Order directs any person who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves at home (or other places as ordered by the Putnam County Department of Health). The Order also dictates how long the person, depending on symptoms, […]

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 4/1/2020

Putnam County and Putnam Hospital are working together to produce a daily COVID-19 dashboard with complete local data about the epidemic, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced. “Our daily dashboard already includes the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Putnam, by town, gender and age of those affected,” Odell said. “Now that Putnam Hospital is […]


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Click below to download informational 1 sheets. pandemic-unemployment-assistance UI flowchart

NYS launches COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline; Coronavirus Creates Stressful “New Normal”

BREWSTER—The coronavirus pandemic has created a highly stressful and anxiety-provoking situation on multiple fronts, but support is available. Putnam mental health providers are using video platforms and online meeting software like Facetime, Duo and GoToMeetings to stay connected with clients. Additionally, a NYS COVID Emotional Support Helpline is launched with more than 10,000 volunteer therapists. […]

PC Golf Course will remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak

As warm spring days begin, County Executive MaryEllen Odell wants to remind residents to practice safe social distancing while enjoying Putnam County Golf Course. Putnam’s public golf course, like public courses in Westchester County, Orange County and the New York State parks, will remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, with some activities curtailed to promote […]

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County

With the number of local cases of COVID-19 increasing daily, it is essential that county residents continue to stay at home, stay safe and practice social distancing, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “We need to do our best to slow the spread of the outbreak, to flatten the curve, and protect our healthcare system […]