How to Combat COVID Fatigue and Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

After months of restrictions put in place to protect New York State residents from COVID-19, many people are feeling ‚Äúpandemic fatigue,‚ÄĚ especially facing the holidays ahead. The coronavirus pandemic is still going strong, and in many places resurging. It is normal to become weary of the necessary precautions to slow the spread of disease. Here is how to combat COVID fatigue and still protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Acknowledge your feelings.
    It is normal to feel tired, frustrated, worried, mad, sad and all the other emotions in between. Let yourself feel them, write them down, talk to a loved one about them, or reach out to a mental health professional if you are struggling. The COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline is available for NYS residents and can be reached at 1-844-863-9314.
  • Reframe your thinking.
    Shift from ‚ÄėI have to stay home‚Äô to ‚ÄėI‚Äôm lucky I can stay home to protect myself and my family.‚Äô
    Treat your mask as an accessory or a way to express yourself instead of as something you have to wear.
  • Stay connected with others– distantly.
    A phone call or video call is a great way to stay connected. Although it does not replace a face-to-face conversation, technology can help us feel together when it is best to be apart.
  • Reduce stress by taking care of your physical health.
    Getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly can improve your mood and outlook. Limiting your alcohol intake can also improve your mood.
  • Rely on trusted news sources for information.
    Staying informed is important, but too much information can add to your COVID fatigue. Use reliable news sources and be mindful of social media, where disinformation can spread quickly.

Putnam residents have sacrificed too much and have come too far to give up now. By continuing to take extra precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the curve can be flattened again.

Data informs decision-making: Putnam Pushes State for Zip-Code Breakdown

BREWSTER,¬†NY‚ÄĒ¬†Thanksgiving has always been a time for family and friends to gather. Unfortunately,¬†as Putnam County‚Äôs COVID-19¬†positivity rate and daily case count have been¬†on the rise,¬†local officials are encouraging residents to¬†modify holiday plans¬†and keep their families safe.¬†¬†The county is also working with the state to get information to residents, businesses, and schools that might be impacted by the Governor’s micro-cluster designations.¬†¬†

The New York State Department of Health uses a variety of metrics to determine when an area will be designated a micro-cluster. Two of these metrics are readily available for residents to view: the positivity rate based on a seven-day rolling average, and the number of cases per 100,000 people. These daily metrics are available online at https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard. To learn more about the other metrics considered for a micro-cluster designation, New York State has released a more detailed explanation of the strategy here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/MicroCluster_Metrics_10.21.20_FINAL.pdf  

¬†¬†¬†‚ÄúThe majority of our residents continue to make responsible choices that keep their community safe. However,¬†we¬†do¬†rely on the state data to keep¬†people¬†informed–¬†which is why we continue to push for the state to provide¬†us with a¬†town or zip code breakdown of their metrics.¬†¬†The governor’s mention of Brewster ‘nearing yellow zone designation’ confirms that our request to view Putnam County on a hyper-local level is¬†a necessity,‚ÄĚ says Putnam County Executive¬†MaryEllen¬†Odell.¬†The village of Brewster and its growing¬†case¬†numbers were mentioned by the Governor in his press briefing on November 23.¬†¬†¬†

Health Commissioner Michael¬†Nesheiwat, MD¬†advises, ‚ÄúWe continue to encourage all residents of our county to adhere to the recommendations that helped us flatten the curve earlier this year.‚ÄĮPutnam County has seen a sharp rise in positive cases related to social gatherings and parties. The spike that is occurring locally is a result of our actions.‚ÄĮWhether you are in closer proximity to Brewster, or you are further west, nearer to Peekskill,¬†it is clear that our numbers are rising, and we all must make responsible choices‚ÄĮto keep our families and our neighbors safe.”¬†¬†¬†

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‚ÄĮprovided 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 find us on social media¬†@PutnamHealthNY.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 11/20/2020

If you worked at or visited Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova Sunday, November 15 from 7:30am to 12pm You may have been exposed to COVID-19

Beyond these doors is a business that cares.
Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova follows CDC
cleaning protocols and is helping to keep our community safe by
informing their customers that a visitor here may have exposed
others during the specified time.

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova, at
407 Route 6, Mahopac on
Sunday, November 15
from 7:30am to 12pm
You may have been exposed to COVID-19
A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the ministry during this time.
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 until November 30 These may 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/
Keep posted until November 30
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

 

El Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova quiere a su
comunidad y está siguiendo una guía detallada para desinfección
recomendado por el CDC. Manteniendo a nuestra comunidad segura
incluye informando a sus clientes que un visitante aquí pudo ver
infectado a otros durante el tiempo especificado en el aviso.

AVISO DE SALUD

Si usted trabajó o visitó el
Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova, en la
407 Ruta 6, Mahopac el
Domingo 15 de Noviembre al de 7:30am-12pm
Es posible que haya estado expuesto a COVID-19
Un miembro de la comunidad salió positivo para COVID-19 y estuvo en el Ministerio Internacional Campamento De Jehova durante este tiempo.
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 until November 30 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/
Este aviso permanecer√° en efecto hasta el 30 de Noviembre, 2020.
Si usted tiene peguntas por favor llame al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Putnam al 845-808-1390

HEALTH ALERT – If you worked at or visited The Home Depot in Brewster on Saturday, November 7 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

Beyond these doors is a business that cares.
Home Depot follows CDC cleaning protocols and is helping to keep
our community safe by informing their customers that a visitor
here may have exposed others during the specified time.

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited The Home Depot, at
80 Independent Way, Brewster on
Saturday, November 7
from 10am to 11am
You may have been exposed to COVID-19

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the facility during this time.
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 until November 22 These may 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/
Keep posted until November 22
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

HEALTH ALERT – If you worked at or visited Mahopac Golf & Beach Club in Mahopac on Thursday, November 12 to November 14 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

Beyond these doors is a business that cares.
Mahopac Golf & Beach Club follows CDC cleaning protocols and is
helping to keep our community safe by informing their customers
that a visitor here may have exposed others during the specified
time.

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited Mahopac Golf & Beach Club, at
601 North Lake Boulevard, Mahopac on
Thursday, November 12 from 10:30am to 4pm
Friday, November 13 from 10:30am to 4pm
Saturday, November 14 from 10:30am to 4pm
You may have been exposed to COVID-19
A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the facility during this time.
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 until November 29 These may 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/
Keep posted until November 29
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

HEALTH ALERT- If you worked at or visited ShopRite Supermarket IN Carmel on Thursday, November 12 You may have been exposed to COVID-19

Beyond these doors is a business that cares.
ShopRite follows CDC cleaning protocols and is helping to keep our
community safe by informing their customers that a visitor here
may have exposed others during the specified time.

If you worked at or visited ShopRite Supermarket, at
184 Route 52, Carmel on
Thursday, November 12
from 11am to 5pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the supermarket during this time.
Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 until November 27 These may 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/
Keep posted until November 27
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

COVID Update – November 13

COVID cases are substantially increasing across the country, and Putnam is no different. According to NYSDOH data, as of 11/12 the 7-day average positivity rate in Putnam county is 4.2%. This is the fourth day above 3.5%. If positivity rates continue to stay above 3.5% for ten days, Putnam will be designated a yellow zone under the current cluster initiative guidance. Putnam residents have come too far to go back. Please continue to wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and avoid gatherings with people outside of your household.

Although the Community Impact Dashboard will be delayed this week due to changes in state/county reporting databases, testing rates and case numbers for the county can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-county-dashboard

HEALTH ALERT If you worked at or visited World Gym in Brewster on November 7th and 8th You may have been exposed to COVID-19

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited

World Gym, at

1620 Route 22, Brewster on

  • Saturday, November 7 from 11am to 1pm
  • Sunday, November 8 from 10am to 1pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for
COVID-19 was at the gym 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/

This notice remains in effect through November 23, 2020.

Beyond these doors is a business that cares. World Gym follows CDC cleaning protocols and is helping to keep our community safe by informing their customers that a visitor here may have exposed others during the specified time.

The PCDOH thanks World Gym for helping to keep #PutnamHealthy

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

HEALTH ALERT If you worked at or visited Harlan Check Cashing & Financial Services in Brewster on Monday November 2nd to Saturday November 7thYou may have been exposed to COVID-19

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited

Harlan Check Cashing & Financial Services, at

1515 Route 22, Brewster on

  • Monday, November 2 from 9am to 6pm
  • Tuesday, November 3 from 9am to 6pm
  • Wednesday, November 4 from 9am to 6pm
  • Thursday, November 5 from 9am to 7pm
  • Friday, November 6 from 9am to 7pm
  • Saturday, November 7 from 9am to 4pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for
COVID-19 was at the facility 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/

 This notice remains in effect through November 22, 2020.

Beyond these doors is a business that cares. Harlan Check Cashing & Financial Services follows CDC cleaning protocols and is helping to keep our community safe by informing their customers that a visitor here may have exposed others during the specified time.

The PCDOH thanks Harlan Check Cashing & Financial Services for helping to keep #PutnamHealthy

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