United Way 2-1-1 Coronavirus info line comes to Putnam & SEVEN ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

United Way 2-1-1 Coronavirus info line comes to Putnam:

Important Coronavirus Questions – Call 2-1-1, Medical Questions – 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.

 SEVEN ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

 The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to forty-six 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 ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

 

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Eight Additional COVID-19 Lab Confirmed Cases in Putnam

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming eight new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to thirty-nine cases.

COVID-19 is now considered widespread in Putnam County and numbers have reached the point where the PCDOH can report that positive cases have been found in every town. “While this is not the news people want to hear, it is not surprising and we have been preparing for this eventuality. With more testing we will find more residents who test positive for this contagious disease. Why does this matter? It matters because we can now focus time and resources on slowing the spread and flattening the curve. We must do all we can to not overwhelm our health care system, including emergency services. By staying home you can be part of the solution,” says Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD.

“The Health Department, county agencies and community partners have been working tirelessly to educate residents and encourage them to do their part,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Right now we have many heroes helping the residents of Putnam County. EMS and healthcare workers are on the frontline. We all have neighbors that are working to keep our essential services, like markets, pharmacies and utilities up and running. We also probably know someone that, if infected, will need serious medical care. For many of us, staying home right now is the one way we can help save lives. Be a hero. Stay home.”

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving health crisis and the PCDOH will continue to be a reliable source of information.

For the most up-to-date local information:
Call 2-1-1
www.putnamcountyny.com/health
www.facebook.com/putnamhealthny
www.twitter.com/putnamhealthny
www.instagram.com/putnamhealthny

NO CASE INFORMATION TO REPORT AT THIS TIME

At this time we have no case numbers to report, we anticipate having new numbers to release this afternoon. The first step in sharing this information with the public is to make sure the affected individual has been notified. At this time, not all residents with positive results have been notified. As soon as this happens, we will share case numbers. Moving forward we will be releasing this information once a day at 4 p.m..

COVID-19 Information for Putnam County Residents

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your community. The more you know about this disease the more you can help stop the spread of misinformation.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving public health crisis. The Putnam County Department of Health and community partners understand that staying informed is often hard to do. The PCDOH and the following agencies work hard to ensure the safety of Putnam residents and reduce the impact of this disease. The following is a guide to help residents access resources and get answers to important questions.

2-1-1 Get Connected Get Answers Phone Line (United Way of Westchester and Putnam)

  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week
  • English, Spanish and other language translation services available
  • Up-to-date confirmed positive case counts
  • Trusted information from the Putnam County Department of Health, the New York State DOH and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Referral to appropriate community resources and other call lines
  • NOT medical advice
  • https://www.uwwp.org/health-emergency-covid-19-coronavirus/

 

Putnam Hospital Center COVID-19 Line—888-667-9262

 

NYSDOH Hotline—1-888-364-3065

  • 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • General COVID-19 questions
  • Information regarding testing sites and appointments
  • NOT medical advice
  • www.health.ny.gov/coronavirus

 

Primary Care Provider

  • Individual patient assessment and referral information regarding testing 
  • STAY HOME if you are well and can postpone your appointment
  • IMPORTANT to CALL before you go to your healthcare provider

 

Putnam County Department of Health—845-808-1390

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • After hours for EMERGENT questions
  • Residents that are being monitored on home quarantine/isolation
  • Assist healthcare providers with questions and decision making
  • www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus

 

9-1-1 Emergency Number (Bureau of Emergency Services)

  • Shortness of breath
  • In need of IMMEDIATE medical help ONLY
  • Inform dispatcher of exposure risk for COVID-19

NINETEEN ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming nineteen new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to thirty-one cases.

The individuals have been quarantined and will continue to be monitored carefully. Our communicable disease staff are interviewing these individuals to learn about their movements, and identify all close contacts. Contact tracing then begins, which includes asking for a detailed history of where they have traveled, worked, shopped, and more. On the basis of these answers, communicable disease staff will compile a list of people who may have been potentially exposed. Staff then contacts each of these people to explain their risk. Regular communication and monitoring for symptoms of the disease continue for these contacts.

At this time the PCDOH is not able to release the name of the towns with lab-confirmed positive cases. The PCDOH follows HIPAA (patient privacy) and New York State DOH regulations, protecting this information. NYSDOH determines the threshold for the number of cases when information can be shared, and at this time the Putnam County case number does not meet the threshold. This is the same for reporting any other communicable disease.

No Case Information to Report at This Time

At this time we have no case numbers to report, we anticipate having new numbers to release this afternoon. The first step in sharing this information with the public is to make sure the affected individual has been notified. At this time, not all residents with positive results have been notified. As soon as this happens, we will share case numbers. As our cases continue to grow, our protocols for releasing information will change.

SIX ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming six new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to twelve cases.

The individuals have been quarantined and will continue to be monitored carefully. Our communicable disease staff are interviewing these individuals to learn about their movements, and identify all close contacts. Contact tracing then begins, which includes asking for a detailed history of where they have traveled, worked, shopped, and more. On the basis of these answers, communicable disease staff will compile a list of people who may have been potentially exposed. Staff then contacts each of these people to explain their risk. Regular communication and monitoring for symptoms of the disease continue for these contacts.

At this time the PCDOH is not able to release the name of the towns with lab-confirmed positive cases. The PCDOH follows HIPAA (patient privacy) and New York State DOH regulations, protecting this information. NYSDOH determines the threshold for the number of cases when information can be shared, and at this time the Putnam County case number does not meet the threshold. This is the same for reporting any other communicable disease.

COVID-19 Update 3/20/20 @12 PM

At this time we have no case numbers to report, we anticipate having new numbers to release this afternoon. The first step in sharing this information with the public is to make sure the affected individual has been notified. At this time, not all residents with positive results have been notified. As soon as this happens, we will share case numbers. As our cases continue to grow, our protocols for releasing information will change.

ONE Additional COVID-19 Lab Confirmed Case in Putnam

In addition to this morning’s announcement of three new positive coronavirus cases, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) confirms an additional case, bringing the total count up to six confirmed positive cases in Putnam County.

The individuals have been quarantined at home and will continue to be monitored carefully. Our communicable disease staff are interviewing these individuals to learn about their movements, and identify all close contacts. Contact tracing then begins, which includes asking for a detailed history of where they have traveled, worked, shopped, and more. On the basis of these answers, communicable disease staff will compile a list of people who may have been potentially exposed. Staff then contacts each of these people to explain their risk. Regular communication and monitoring for symptoms of the disease continue for these contacts.

The PCDOH and the County Executive are making every effort to keep you as informed as possible. Moving forward, new positive case numbers and increased totals will be released at noon and 4 p.m. daily on the Putnam County website.

We do not release the name or town of the residents who have positive results. PCDOH follows HIPAA (patient privacy) and New York State DOH regulations, protecting this information.

THREE ADDITIONAL COVID-19 LAB CONFIRMED CASES IN PUTNAM

The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents, bringing the total to five cases. The individuals have been quarantined at home and will continue to be monitored carefully. Our communicable disease staff are interviewing these individuals to learn about their movements, and identify all close contacts. Contact tracing then begins, which includes asking for a detailed history of where they have traveled, worked, shopped, and more. On the basis of these answers, communicable disease staff will compile a list of people who may have been potentially exposed. Staff then contacts each of these people to explain their risk. Regular communication and monitoring for symptoms of the disease continue for these contacts.