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.

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.

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

9-11 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/4/2020

9-3 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Preparedness 2020: Masks, sanitizers and thermometers are added to supply kits and back-to school lists

BREWSTER, NY—Being prepared is a long-established mantra for emergency readiness advocates everywhere. Each September FEMA, as the Federal Emergency Management Administration is more commonly known, creates an annual theme for National Preparedness Month. For 2020 it is “Disasters don’t wait, make your plan today.” In the age of COVID, being prepared takes on new considerations and potential consequences as additional items, such as extra masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers, should be added to supply lists. 

“There were some amazing stories of neighbors helping neighbors with our recent tropical storm Isaias and the Putnam County agencies pulled together, going above and beyond, as they always do,” said MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. “For individual residents and families, discussing how to best communicate during times of emergencies or disaster, and having a primary plan and a back-up is the best advice.”

Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, agreed, adding “This has been a year like no other, and as September approaches and families prepare to send their children back to school, they are adding masks, sanitizers and now thermometers to not only their preparedness kits, but also to their back-to school routines. Having a thermometer and a back-up thermometer, and creating a routine to ensure you are able to assess the health of your family is especially important as we make plans to reopen our schools safely.”

Preparedness kits or disaster kits are sometimes also called “go kits,” especially when they are assembled in a duffle bag or other easy-to-carry sack or backpack that may be necessary if authorities are urging evacuation. FEMA’s Ready.gov website has a handy list of basic supplies to include in your emergency kit, along with more specific suggestions, and how to maintain your kit. Ready.gov also has tips for creating an emergency plan and lists the disasters or emergency situations that you can prepare for in your plan. 

“We prepare by conducting numerous drills throughout the year so we are ready when an emergency or disaster happens, and we urge residents to prepare as well by having extra supplies and a communications plan” said Ken Clair, Putnam’s Commissioner of Emergency Services. “Isaias was the ninth tropical storm of the hurricane season, and there were many downed trees and power outages. An enormous amount of work needed to be done, and our team got it done.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell also credits teamwork for the successful recovery, saying “Our county highway and local highway crews, law enforcement, fire departments, town hall staff,  as well as our senior services, social services and legislature, all rallied together and pushed to keep residents safe and complete the necessary work.”

To start or update a personal or family emergency plan, FEMA’s website is the place to start. Visit: https://www.ready.gov/plan.

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

HEALTH ALERT If you worked at or attended the 10am Mass at St. James Church in Carmel, NY on August 23 You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

HEALTH ALERT

If you worked at or attended the 10am Mass at
St. James Church
in Carmel, NY on August 23

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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