Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/16/2020

10-16 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Friday’s Flu Clinic Rescheduled to Monday, October 19 Health Department Tests Emergency Preparedness While Dispensing Flu Vaccines

BREWSTER, NY—Due to the weather forecast, this Friday’s “Drive-Thru” flu clinic has been rescheduled to the planned rain date of Monday, October 19, at the same time from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The health department will provide vaccines to protect hundreds of residents from influenza at its office location at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. Individuals who already have a scheduled appointment for Friday can keep that same appointment time on Monday. A new email confirmation for the rain date will be sent. If that time is not convenient on Monday, cancellations should be made via the Monday confirmation email. Appointments are still available for rescheduling and new registrants, and will be accepted until 6 a.m. on Monday, October 19.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department staff will be onsite to assist with security and traffic control, and the Civil Air Patrol will help with crowd flow. Meanwhile behind the scenes, staff from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be on site watching with a keen eye. That is because the event also serves as a Point of Dispensing (POD) drill, a simulated test of Putnam’s local emergency response system with the ability to dispense medication smoothly and efficiently.

“The New York State Department of Health requires local health departments to perform yearly drills to maintain their preparedness capabilities,” states Connie Bueti, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Putnam County Department of Health.  “Maintaining and practicing these capabilities are most critical, especially during a pandemic,” she states. Many metrics are monitored to assure the drill meets necessary objectives, including the “through-put” number, or how many residents receive their vaccine in a specified period of time. Utilizing an online pre-registration system was also a necessary component of this state-mandated exercise.

For more info or to register online as required, follow the instructions at www.putnamcountyny.com or www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization

Short sleeves are required to streamline vaccine administration and participants must wait 15 minutes post-injections. Carpooling is encouraged as well.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services provided directly and through collaboration include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/9/2020

10-9 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/5/2020

10-2 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

HEALTH ALERT If you worked at or visited Fuente de Gracia Church in Brewster  September 27 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

HEALTH ALERT
If you worked at or visited Fuente de Gracia Church at 2 Marvin Ave, Brewster on Sunday, September 27 from 6pm to 9pm
You may have been exposed to COVID-19.
A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the church during this time. Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, chills, 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, diarrhea.
Contact your physician with any concerns.

Please visit our website for testing information www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/

If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

AVISO DE SALUD
Si usted trabajó o visitó la Iglesia Fuente de Gracia en la 2 Marvin Ave, Brewster Domingo 27 de Septiembre
de 6 p.m. hasta las 9 p.m. Es posible que haya estado expuesto a COVID-19.

Un miembro de la comunidad salió positivo para COVID-19 y estuvo en la iglesia durante este tiempo.
Por favor este pendiente y vigile para síntomas de COVID-19 que incluyen fiebre, escalofríos, dificultad
para respirar, fatiga, dolores musculares o corporales, dolor de cabeza, nueva pérdida de sabor o olfato,
dolor de garganta, congestión, nariz mocosa, náuseas, vómitos o diarrea.
Llame a su médico si tiene preguntas o síntomas.

Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener información sobre las pruebas para COVID-19 www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/

Si usted tiene peguntas por favor llame al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Putnam al 845-808-1390

Halloween has a new look!

Halloween is going to look a little different than usual, as with so much this year. The typical trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating are considered high risk activities according to the CDC’s Halloween guidelines, however, there are still ways to have an enjoyable and fun Halloween. Lower risk activities to enjoy on Halloween can be done with your household members, or with friends, socially-distanced outside. Keep in mind, a Halloween mask does not replace a cloth face covering.

A festive neighborhood Halloween decorating contest topped off with a walk or drive-by parade is a fun lower risk activity. You can even incorporate a scavenger hunt to keep the kids on their toes. For festive  candy-free options, try a virtual costume or pumpkin decorating contest. For younger kids, schedule a not-so-scary movie night, complete with popcorn and other treats.

It can be hard to physically distance when partaking in traditional trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating. But there are fun and creative ways to reduce person-to-person contact while getting into the tricky spirit of Halloween!

  • Create a “candy graveyard”: Place bags of candy on sticks in the front yard.
  • Make it a DIY family activity! Design a contactless delivery method. Try a basket on a pulley, or a PVC candy chute.
  • Repurpose a household item: Turn a reaching tool into a candy grabber!

Make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently and wear a face covering if you are handing out candy.

If you decide to take your children trick-or-treating, stick with household members only, stay at least six feet away from other families and make sure that you and all children older than two are wearing appropriate cloth face coverings. Remember, a Halloween mask does not replace a cloth face covering. Along with the COVID specific precautions, the usual Halloween safety precautions should still be taken: Children should be accompanied by an adult and should have reflectors on their costumes so they can be seen by motorists. Have a great idea on how to keep Halloween safe and fun? Share it with friends and neighbors!

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR From County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD

Thank you, Putnam County. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, you have helped neighbors in need, supported food banks and food drives, delivered meals for seniors, made and donated masks and, of course, adapted to wearing masks in public and practicing safe social distancing measures. Because of your vigilance, our communities have been able to reopen safely.

Now that schools are back in session and more people are returning to work, things may appear to be going back to the “old normal.” But we aren’t going back, we are moving forward in a new way, and we must keep up our efforts in order to maintain the success we’ve achieved. The best way to support our businesses, schools, civic organizations and religious groups is by keeping our rates of COVID-19 low.

Students and teachers are returning to school wearing masks, and we can support them by setting the example — wearing a mask when we can’t socially distance, washing our hands frequently and staying home if we don’t feel well.

By continuing to do our part, we can be a model community that does not invite another spike in COVID-19 cases. A surge in cases could overstress our healthcare heroes, overwhelm our healthcare system and devastate more families and local businesses. We have risen to the moment before, and we can do it again now. There is no question these are still challenging times, but we are not only Putnam Strong, we are Putnam Supportive. We are fortunate to live in a community where friends, families and neighbors look out for one another.

Let’s support our businesses by dining and shopping locally. Let’s continue to offer help to those most in need. Let’s mask up and set the example for our children and young people. And let’s continue to do the right thing so we can help our friends, families and neighbors to thrive. We will be a stronger community for it.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay healthy.

MaryEllen Odell, County Executive
Michael J. Nesheiwat MD, Health Commissioner

HEALTH ALERT If you worked at or visited Eveready Diner in Brewster on September 19 and September 22 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

If you worked at or visited Eveready Diner at 90 Independent Way, Brewster on

  • Saturday, September 19 from 6pm to 7:30pm (indoor)
  • Tuesday, September 22 from 7pm to 8:30pm (indoor)

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the restaurant during these times.
Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, chills, 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, diarrhea.
Contact your physician with any concerns.
Please visit our website for testing information www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/

If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/25/2020

Putnam County 9-25 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

HEALTH ALERT: If you worked at or visited Arturo’s Tavern on Monday, September 21 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited Arturo’s Tavern at 878 Route 6, Mahopac on

Monday, September 21 from 4pm to 11pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the restaurant during this time.

Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, chills, 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, diarrhea.

Contact your physician with any concerns.

Please visit our website for testing information

www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/

If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.