96 Putnam Residents Tested for COVID-19 at Drive-Thru Clinic

PCDOH nurses tested 96 Putnam residents for COVID-19 today, finishing the most recent delivery of testing kits from NYSDOH. Environmental Health staff members were on hand to help direct traffic and check-in residents.

Although PCDOH will not be able to test until more supplies are delivered, Putnam residents with symptoms can still be tested by NYSDOH and other private healthcare providers. To be tested by NYSDOH, please complete an assessment at covid19screening.health.ny.gov/ or call 1-888-364-3065

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, must remain isolated at home. If this legal isolation order is not followed, residents may be fined up to $2,000 per violation per day. Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring their child(ren) complies with the isolation order or face the same fines.

The directions below can be found in the Commissioner’s Standing Isolation Order and are in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms (symptomatic confirmed positive), you must stay at home until:

·         At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have NO symptoms (asymptomatic confirmed positive), you must stay at home until:

·         At least 7 days after the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test AND have remained asymptomatic.

·         If symptoms develop, follow the instructions for symptomatic confirmed positive cases.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have been designated by your employer as Health Care Personnel, you must stay at home until:

·         At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

o    Upon returning to work, you should wear a facemask at all times while in the Health Care Facility until all symptoms have completely resolved or until 14 days after the illness started, whichever is longer.

The health department is asking anyone who is or will be affected by this isolation order to cooperate with the Putnam County Department of Health and provide accurate information about their illness, potential exposure sites, and people who may have been exposed. If a person under isolation has worsening symptoms, they should  call their healthcare provider and follow their instructions. The full isolation order is attached and can also be viewed online at https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/ under additional information.

The rate of positive cases and those who have been potentially exposed to the disease is rapidly increasing and expected to continue to rise. Currently, there are 213  reported positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Putnam County.

“Everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must follow the guidance outlined in this order. In order to curb this disease and flatten the curve every resident’s cooperation with all guidance from the Putnam County Department of Health is needed. At this time every decision we make not only impacts ourselves and our family, but our entire community. Your actions throughout this outbreak will make the difference between life and death,”  said Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D., Commissioner of Health.

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Putnam County and New York State, drastic precautions have been put into place and social distancing has been strongly recommended. All residents have been asked to stay home, including children and teens. Residents are being directed to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary. Acquiring food or medical supplies are considered essential reasons to leave the home. When you must go out remember to stay away from other people as much as possible, following the recommendation of staying 6 feet apart. It is important that everyone stay home, whether they are healthy, or sick. Consider any public site in Putnam as a potential site for COVID-19 exposure.

If you become mildly ill, stay home, and manage your symptoms. If you have symptoms indicative of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms. Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you have an immediate medical emergency.

Continue to practice good hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

If you have general COVID-19 concerns or questions please call 2-1-1. You can also call the New York State Department of Health’s Novel Coronavirus 24-hour hotline at 1-888-364-3065. To stay up to date on local Putnam County information visit the county’s coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage at https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/ or follow us on

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  or

Twitter at  https://twitter.com/putnamhealthny or

Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/putnamhealthny/.

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 sharing its information with the county, we will also be able to include hospital admissions and more. We want the public to have as complete a picture as possible of the local impact of the coronavirus epidemic.”

We urge residents to stay home, stay safe and help flatten the curve to ease the burden on the health care system, said Peter Kelly, president of Putnam Hospital.

“We hope that by sharing hospital data with the Putnam County Health Department on a daily basis, we will show the community how important it is to follow these urgent guidelines,” Kelly said. “This is for everyone’s benefit.”

The dashboard will be posted daily to the county website at www.putnamcountyny.com/covid19/. Any questions about the data provided by Putnam Hospital Center, should be directed to the hospital, not the county.

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.

For New York State residents who could benefit from mental health support, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline at 844-863-9314 is staffed 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. The phone line is staffed with specially trained volunteer professionals who are there to listen, support and refer if needed. For individuals in crisis, the Putnam County Crisis Hotline remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days each week and can be reached at 845-225-1222, and the National Suicide Prevention Talkline continues at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7, with special supports for Veterans by pressing 1 after dialing.

“The concerns that people have are real and valid,” said Ms. Castellano, MPA, who serves as executive director of the non-profit Mental Health Association of Putnam County. “The key thing is to realize what you can control and focus on that. Self-care should not be underestimated.”

Maintaining daily routines and self-care practices such as eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise are all important ways to alleviate stress and anxiety. “Reducing your risk for the virus will also help alleviate anxiety,” said Michael Piazza, Commissioner of Social Services and Mental Health. This means the highly effective, if repeated advice, for good hand hygiene and social distancing, as well as avoiding misinformation.

When a general COVID-19 question does arise, the first number to call is 2-1-1. Available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week, their operators speak English and Spanish, with other translation services available.

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 at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthNY and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

REPORTING OF LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM COUNTY CHANGED TO MORNING

The actual number of lab confirmed COVID-19 cases will be reported on the Putnam County website each morning. There will be no more 4:00 p.m. updates.

Please keep in mind that now is the time to focus on slowing the spread and flattening the curve. By staying home you can be part of the solution.

For more information, please visit our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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 from becoming overwhelmed,” Odell said. “I really want to commend all of our residents for taking these orders as seriously as they have. The public response countywide has been fantastic.”

As of Friday morning, March 27, Putnam County had 106 positive COVID-19 cases. Every town in the county has positive cases. This is the breakdown of positive cases by town:

  • Carmel                  56
  • Kent                      13
  • Patterson             6
  • Phillipstown         6
  • Putnam Valley     8
  • Southeast            17

We are working hard at trying to get a state-run testing site in Putnam County, so that we can have the most accurate and complete information on the outbreak as quickly as possible.

16 ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to 109 cases. Now is the time to focus on slowing the spread and flattening the curve. By staying home you can be part of the solution.

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

ELEVEN ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming eleven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to 93 cases. Now is the time to focus on slowing the spread and flattening the curve. By staying home you can be part of the solution.

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

THIRTY-SIX ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming thirty-six new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to eighty-two cases. Now is the time to focus on slowing the spread and flattening the curve. By staying home you can be part of the solution.

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/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

United Way 2-1-1 Coronavirus info line comes to Putnam Important Coronavirus Questions – Call 2-1-1 Medical Emergencies – Call 9-1-1

Emergency Services and the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) are asking residents to help reduce the incoming call volume now and in the coming weeks. Putnam County residents can now call the easy-to-remember 2-1-1 number for updated, non-emergent Coronavirus information. As a timely reminder, 2-1-1 is a universally recognizable number that builds a critical connection, especially in times of need, between individuals and families and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies.

“Keeping the phone lines open for our health department, hospitals, 9-1-1 staff and community partners is a top priority,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “They are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of you the resident. The 211 operators are now able to answer Putnam-related questions or direct you to the proper resources. We thank them for stepping in to help in this evolving situation.”

Tom Gabriel, President and CEO, United Way of Westchester and Putnam says, “We’re pleased to now partner with Putnam County to support their residents. We have worked with Westchester County with great success. People should know that by calling the United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline for COVID-19 information, you reduce the call volume that might otherwise bog down 9-1-1 dispatchers.”

The 2-1-1 operators are equipped with the latest updates from Putnam as the impact of Coronavirus evolves. Callers to 2-1-1 can receive reliable information such as, symptoms of the virus, how to access vital services and up to date case numbers. Their website at www.uwwp.org also provides updated numbers of confirmed cases in Putnam, Westchester and the surrounding counties.