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.

Flu vaccination season has officially arrived!

The first ever, public drive-thru vaccination clinic was conducted by the Putnam County Department of Health at the main office at 1 Geneva Road. Nearly 200 residents rolled down their windows and bared their sleeveless arms to public health nurses to protect themselves, their families, friends and co-workers from the flu. Getting your shot early against the flu offers the best protection, because a person builds up immunity about two weeks after the shot. The Civil Air Patrol was on site to help with logistics and crowd control.

As we continue to “Mask, Distance, Wash” our hands to protect against COVID, it is even more important to limit one’s risk of becoming ill with any respiratory illness.

The next public flu clinic is in Garrison on Wednesday, October 7, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9 (not drive-thru). On Friday, October 16, another drive-thru clinic will be held at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road. Both clinics are scheduled from 1 to 6:30 pm.

Remember, appointments are necessary for the drive-thru event. And short sleeves, masks, and signed consent forms, available online at  www.putnamcountyny.com/immunization, are required for ALL clinics.

All photos are courtesy of Major Peter Milano, CAP, public affairs officer, Civil Air Patrol, New York Wing.

 

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/18/2020

Putnam County 9-18 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

HEALTH ALERT | If you worked at or visited the ShopRite at 184 Route 52, Carmel on Wednesday, September 16 from 7pm to 8pm, you may have been exposed to COVID-19

HEALTH ALERT

 

If you worked at or visited the

ShopRite at

184 Route 52, Carmel on

 

Wednesday, September 16

from 7pm to 8pm

 

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for
COVID-19 was at the store 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.

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic – September 19

Attention Putnam Residents! Bring your dogs, cats, and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, September 19th from 10am-12pm. Sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park (Upper Park), 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel, and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have proof of prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All dogs must be leashed and controlled. Any dog that may become aggressive must be muzzled. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers. All animals must be supervised by an adult with the minimum number of people necessary. COVID-19 guidance must be followed including social/physical distancing and face coverings are required.

For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43160.

Health Department Schedules First Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Early Flu Vaccination Recommended as Fall Season Begins; Health Department Schedules First Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

BREWSTER, NY—Flu season will soon arrive, and public health experts everywhere are recommending that people get their flu shots this year, and to get them as early as possible. The Putnam County Department of Health has its first clinic set for Monday, September 21, at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road. Like the COVID testing clinics earlier this year, the flu clinic will be a “Drive-Thru” event. For ease of administering the vaccine and overall efficiency, short sleeves and pre-scheduled appointments are required. Time slots begin at 1 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for the following day.

“Getting vaccinated against the flu means there is one less thing for you to worry about with your own health and the health of your family,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This year as we continue to deal with COVID cases, our health department is making it more convenient and safer with drive-through service. Getting vaccinated is a proactive step you can take to protect yourself, your family and our great community of Putnam.”

Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health, also highly recommends getting a flu shot, and addresses concerns questioning the vaccine’s effectiveness saying,  “Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population. Additionally, serious complications or a lengthy course of illness are less likely if you get immunized with a flu shot. Preserving your health and your immunity has never been more important than it is now as we continue reopening plans with the ongoing pandemic.”

“Registration information is available online,” explained Kathleen Percacciolo, RN, supervising public health nurse. “Short sleeves are being required to make it easier for our nurses to administer the vaccine in a timely manner,” she said. “We fine-tuned the drive-thru format at our COVID-19 testing clinics this past spring.”

The dates and locations for the two additional flu clinics are: Wednesday, October 7, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and another drive-thru clinic on Friday, October 16 at the PCDOH at 1 Geneva Road, with a rain date of Monday, October 19. All clinics will be from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

Early vaccination is always important because a person builds up immunity about two weeks after the shot. Certain people should be sure to get vaccinated. They include pregnant women; children 6 months through 18 years of age; people over 50 years of age; those with chronic, or long-lasting, medical conditions, and those who live with or care for them. Health care workers are also required to get the flu vaccine to protect their patients.

The public flu clinics are open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. Registration information and forms can be found at online on the health department’s immunization page at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization. Appointments, which are required, can be made by calling the scheduling line and leaving your name and phone number. Your call will be returned promptly, and a time slot will be offered and confirmed. The flu scheduling line is 845-808-1390, extension 43262. A maximum of 300 people will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Carpooling is encouraged and all attendees must remain in their vehicles. Appointment scheduling will close by noon on Saturday, September 19. Immunization consent forms must be downloaded, completed and signed, presented to the public health nurse at the drive-thru clinic.

Proof of residency is required and will be checked. The fee for vaccination is $25 for residents 18 years of age (minimum required) to 64 years of age. Those 65 years and older can receive the vaccine free of charge if they show a Medicare card. Only checks or cash will be accepted. High-dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, aged 65 years and older, as studies show this vaccine is more effective for this population. Pneumonia vaccine is not available at the flu clinics.

Additional public flu clinics may be held later this year. Information on future dates will be posted on the health department’s website, on social media, and announced on the department’s flu hotline. The number is 808-1390, press option “2.” For school clinics check the school calendar or with the school nurse for details.

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 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, Twitter and Instagram @PutnamHealthNY.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/11/2020

9-11 WEEKLY DASHBOARD