HEALTH ALERT | If you worked at or visited Tom & Jerry’s Bar & Grill in Brewster, NY on July 6 from 1:30pm-3pm  You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you worked at or visited Tom & Jerry’s Bar & Grill

in Brewster, NY on July 6 from 1:30pm-3pm

 You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 visited the Bar & Grill 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.

 

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 7/10/2020

7-10 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Coronavirus Pandemic Disrupts Routine Vaccination, Putting Children at Risk;

Coronavirus Pandemic Disrupts Routine Vaccination, Putting Children at Risk;  

Important to Get Kids Back on Track

 

BREWSTER, NY—Health officials have a new concern resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. While the practice of social or physical distancing has been quite effective in slowing the spread of that disease, there has been a significant decline in vaccination rates for the 14 preventable childhood diseases. The Putnam County Department of Health and other health experts at the CDC are among those sounding a nationwide alert for a significant decline in the number of all children who received routine childhood immunizations.  

“We can look at two sets of numbers and see there has been a large decrease in the number of children receiving their routine vaccinations for all the preventable childhood illnesses,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Putnam County’s Commissioner of Health. “The first relates to vaccines being ordered by physicians through the Vaccines for Children program, and the second set of data is the number of vaccines given by eight large U.S. health care organizations.” The Vaccines for Children program administers vaccines to approximately 50 percent of U.S. children aged 0 to 18 years. The decline in orders and administration began the week after the national emergency declaration.    

Parents of children who have fallen behind in childhood immunizations should contact their child’s physician to get back on track. If your child does not have a physician, PCDOH will be resuming vaccination clinics three times a month. Appointments are required and clinics will be conducted following all the required safety protocols, including social and physical distancing, face coverings or masks, and heightened disinfecting routines. To schedule an appointment, call 845-808-1332. Clients will be instructed on the newest safety procedures, which will include calling from their car upon arrival. A member of the immunization team will greet them and take their temperature. A COVID health screening will be conducted and the client will be escorted to the interview area, since the waiting area has been closed. With these new protocols in place, it is not too early to start thinking about any necessary vaccines that children may need for the upcoming school year. 

For more information about childhood immunizations, visit www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization/. 

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites @PutnamHealthNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.    

HEALTH ALERT – If you worked at or visited TOPS Friendly Markets in Carmel, NY on July 2 from 5:30am-10:30am July 5 from 5:30am-8am You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or visited the deli counter at TOPS Friendly Markets

in Carmel, NY on

 

July 2 from 5:30am-10:30am

July 5 from 5:30am-8am

 

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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.

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 7/6/2020

7-4 WEEKLY DASHBOARD CORRECTED

Putnam County Department of Health Recommends Postponing Out-of-State Travel

Phase Four Expected July 7

BREWSTER, NY–As Putnam County and the Mid-Hudson region prepare for Phase Four of reopening slated for July 7, “snow-bird” residents are returning and an increase in summer visitors is anticipated. While much is still unknown and many questions remain for communities and businesses, such as when gyms will reopen or if indoor dining will remain a part of phase four,  New York State has recently issued guidance regarding travel advisories. Additionally, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) recommends residents postpone distant travel plans and instead, invest time and money into the local economy.

For travelers entering New York, under Governor Cuomo’s executive order there is a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all coming from a state with a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven-day rolling average.

More states have been added to this travel advisory jointly issued by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The list has expanded from eight to sixteen, and now includes California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee, in addition to the states announced last week that remain on the list, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Washington state was originally on the list and has since been removed. The advisory, updated weekly, can be found at  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

“When feeling the urge to travel—you don’t have to look far. Our community has so much to offer. Families that have planned to spend dedicated time together this summer can discover Putnam’s beauty and rich history,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Stay local. Dine outdoors in Putnam. Explore our trails and lakes. Create adventure locally. In addition to enjoying your time with your family, you will be part of the solution.”

Residents and visitors can learn about all Putnam has to offer by visiting Putnam County Tourism at https://www.putnamcountyny.com/tourputnam/. Putnam County Tourism and the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) work hand-in-hand with local officials to continue to make reopening in Putnam a success. Resources for business can be found by visiting the Putnam EDC at https://putnamedc.org/

“As we enter into Phase Four, it is important to keep up with the safety precautions that have gotten us this far,” says Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Putnam residents have listened to the guidance and have put in a lot of hard work, but we are not out of the woods just yet. Locally we have already identified a limited number of known positive cases that are a result of travel to a state with high rates of positivity. While this number remains small and people have been isolated, when it comes to the health of your family, your community or even encountering a fine— the risks just aren’t worth it.”

Those found violating the New York travel-related quarantine order risk fines and potential loss of COVID-19 sick benefits. Violators may be subject to a judicial order and mandatory quarantine as well. A first violation could result in a $2,000 fine and could increase to $10,000 for subsequent violations or exposures.

New Yorkers are encouraged to continue to social or physical distance and wear face coverings when distancing cannot be maintained. Workers in New York should be aware that they will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York’s COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in non-essential travel to high risk states, listed above. To report someone who did not self-quarantine, call 1-833-789-0470, visit mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask, or call the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites @PutnamHealthNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 6/26/2020

6-25 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Putnam Looks to Phase 3: Indoor Dining, Bigger Gatherings and Personal Care Businesses Allowed

BREWSTER, NY— Phase III in Putnam and the Mid-Hudson region is upon us. The region is moving forward after 14 days of meeting the benchmark numbers required in current phase. As this stage gets into full swing residents can expect inside dining, larger gatherings, and personal care businesses coming back with some specified restrictions. Personal care businesses, beyond hair-related businesses, now will include tanning and nail salons, spas, massage therapy, and tattoo and piercing facilities. Along with inside dining, these new services will limit capacity to optimize social or physical distancing. Both will also require mask wearing by patrons and employees. These two practices, in addition to proper handwashing, remain the best avenues for public protection in all situations.  

“We are happy to continue to move toward a more fully open economy,” said MaryEllen Odell, County Executive. “Our calculated approach to watching our health measures, combined with the ingenuity, patience and commitment of our business community, has really paid off for us. We continue to move forward in the right direction.” 

 The size of permissible gatherings has been increased from 10 to 25 which is good news for families planning reunions and other events, as well as small-party planners. For restaurants and personal care establishments however, which are expanding services or re-opening, the requirements dictate that indoor capacity be limited by 50 percent.  

“The reductions in capacities have been determined with one goal in mind—to best protect both customers and employees,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Much planning and thought has gone into this phased opening and graduated guidelines at the state level. This is why Putnam and the Mid-Hudson region continue to move forward successfully. We are truly grateful for the support our Putnam businesses and community organizations have shown in implementing these involved guidelines.” 

Employees of both types of establishments will be required to wear masks at all times when working. This is especially important any time they interact with customers, even if they are 6 feet or more apart. Restaurants can lose their liquor licenses if social distance requirements are not met. If patrons notice a lapse in social distancing practices while dining and feel uncomfortable, they are encouraged to consider politely informing the facility management. Making a complaint through official channels is also an option online at www.coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

Customers are required to wear masks as well. Once seated at a table in a restaurant however, patrons can remove their masks to eat, similar to the requirements with outdoor dining. In the personal care sector, some services may also necessitate clients remove their masks. Staff will direct customers by following current state-approved guidelines. Modified schedules and services may be in place and calling ahead is advised. Reservations are encouraged so that businesses can be more prepared.  

Other requirements have been developed to best ensure workers are healthy and remain that way. Restaurants are charged with conducting daily health screenings of their employees. This will include such things as temperature checks and questionnaires about symptoms, and for personal care workers COVID-19 tests will be required every 14 days. 

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites @PutnamHealthNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 6/19/2020

6-19 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 6/12/2020

6-12 WEEKLY DASHBOARD