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.

Beware of Coronavirus scams

Beware of coronavirus scams that are spreading like wildfire via email, on social media, by text and by telephone call, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell warned today.

“Hucksters prey on our anxieties and these uncertain times provide a very ripe environment for scams,” County Executive Odell said. “There are always those who will try to exploit fear for their own profit. Don’t let them.”

Some Putnam residents have received phone calls claiming to be from the federal government and offering to send a coronavirus test kit to your home if you will give the caller your name, address and Social Security number. If you get this call, just hang up.

“No government agency would ever call and request your Social Security number,” Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said. “The bottom line is: do not share your personal information over the phone or online with anyone you don’t know.”

Other reported scams include texts to personal phones that offer to send free iPhones to help as you spend more time at home. This is false. Just delete the text, do not click on its link.

Watch out for emails with subject lines that promise cures or treatments for coronavirus. Recent news reports have noted that COVID-19 themed phishing emails launched 2,500 malware attacks on computers worldwide on Monday alone. The best practice is not to click on links in emails, texts or social media posts that are from anyone you don’t know.

As always, get your news from reliable sources. For the latest COVID-19 news, go to https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/

Putnam County small businesses are eligible for up to $2 million in low-interest loans

Putnam County small businesses are eligible for up to $2 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help alleviate the economic fallout from the coronavirus epidemic, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.

Putnam is one of only three counties in New York State in which these Economic Injury Disaster loans from the SBA are available so far.

“We are grateful that the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized that our hard-working Putnam business community was in need of federal support,” Odell said. “These loans could go a long way toward helping our business community stay strong despite the loss of revenue they are seeing due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said the federal help is much appreciated as the COVID-19 epidemic causes businesses to close.

“These loans can help local business owners survive what we hope is a very temporary setback,” Addonizio said. “The loans will provide help when it is most needed.”

Small business owners in Westchester and Dutchess can also apply.

 SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

Daycare centers in Putnam County will be permitted to reopen on Wednesday, March 18

Daycare centers in Putnam County will be permitted to reopen on Wednesday, March 18, pursuant to the Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. Check with your daycare providers to see if they plan to open.

Putnam County stands firm in its position that the Executive Order we issued to close licensed public daycare centers starting Monday, March 16 for five days was the most responsible move to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.

“After consulting with our Health Commissioner and his staff, who are the professionals on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, we determined that closing daycare centers and pre-kindergarten programs was the best way to protect the community,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “After all, we had closed the public and private schools for the same five-day period, at the request of school administrators who looked to us for guidance. How could we try to protect children from kindergarten through 12th grade but neglect our youngest children? These children will go home to parents and grandparents who may be vulnerable to this virus.”

Last week, Mahopac Schools Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo came to the county seeking guidance as to whether it was better for schools to stay open or to close. We turned to Putnam County Commissioner of Health, Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, and his staff for advice and they recommended closing the schools. Odell then declared a State of Emergency, which enabled her to issue an Emergency Order closing all public and private schools in the county for five days. The next logical step was to close daycare centers.

The County Emergency Order was put into place on Sunday in response to a flood of calls from daycare providers and families searching for guidance.

“Prior to the NY State emergency declaration, and in an effort to ensure social distancing, our county made a bold decision to provide clear direction to our daycares, just as we did for our schools,” Dr. Nesheiwat said. “Without implementing social distancing in all aspects of community settings, we create more challenges for the mitigation of COVID-19. By the end of the day with the announcement of the first lab confirmed cases, this decision was applauded as proactive and responsible, given the circumstances.”

But the order Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Monday, which closes schools statewide for two weeks starting Wednesday, March 18, omitted daycare centers and required districts to come up with plans to show that first responders and healthcare workers would have access to childcare during school closures. His order supersedes local authority.

“We have to send a clear message to the public about what they should do,” said Legislator Amy Sayegh, chair of the Legislature’s Health Committee. “If on the one hand we are telling them to stay home and keep their school aged children home, how can we then tell them to drop their little ones at daycare?”

Residents who have any questions about whether their business should be opened or closed in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections should direct their questions to the governor’s office.

County Executive Odell and the Putnam County Legislature will continue to focus on the health and safety of our county’s residents.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are urging all patrons to visit our DMV office only in an emergent situation

Please be advised that in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are urging all patrons to visit our DMV office only in an emergent situation.

If you must visit to avail yourself of our services please note that effective Wednesday March 18, 2020 we will be processing customers at the Putnam County DMV by appointment only. Further, these appointments will be limited to Putnam County Residents Only. Putnam County residents can visit www.putnamcountyny.com/dmv to make an appointment.

Customers are reminded that they MUST have all forms completed prior to arriving for their appointment, and they MUST show their confirmation e-mail to enter the office at their appointment time. Any dealer and PSB Transactions will be handled on a drop off basis only. Previously scheduled learner’s permit test appointments will still be honored. Customers must use our drop box for renewal invitations and plate surrenders. Customers are also reminded to visit www.dmv.ny.gov for forms and online processing options such as driver’s license renewals, vehicle registration renewals and duplicate items.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding during this time and will relax these restrictions when it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 or via e-mail at countyclerk@putnamcountyny.com

As part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in an effort to reduce exposure and the spread of the virus, Putnam County Government has closed all county facilities

As part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in an effort to reduce exposure and the spread of the virus, Putnam County Government has closed all county facilities to the public, but essential county services will continue, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.

For emergencies and emergencies only, the public should contact the department directly via phone. Please check our website directory for the direct numbers to each department.

County Executive Odell acknowledges the sacrifices that we as a community make as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During these challenging times, I am proud of the way the community is stepping up and doing what it takes to support each other,” Odell said. “We will remain diligent and together we will work through this.”

Odell’s administration has been working closely with the Putnam County Legislature to implement the rapidly unfolding policy changes.

“We will do all that we can to keep Putnam residents and employees safe,” Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said. “These are challenging times but we want the public to know we are looking out for them.”

Drop boxes have been installed at the County Office Building and will be installed at other facilities in the near future for any essential paperwork the public needs to submit to the county. It is advisable to call the relevant department before leaving any documents.

Additionally, all county operations have been reduced by 50% to comply with Governor Cuomo’s directive of 3/16/20. Be assured that essential services remain fully staffed.

As per President Trump’s guidelines, it is recommended that gatherings be limited to 10 people or less and travel should be limited only on an as-needed basis.

Putnam County Government is focused on the safety of its residents, employees and community. The Health Department remains the lead agency and is working very closely with the Bureau of Emergency Services and all departments and is coordinating daily with federal, state and local officials.  We will continue to keep the public updated as new information is received.

The County Clerk’s Office announces additional measures to reduce exposure to COVID-19 when conducting business at the County Clerk’s Office and DMV

Please be advised that in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the office of the Putnam County Clerk is embarking on additional measures to reduce exposure and encourage social distancing while providing necessary services to our customers.

As such, we are urging all patrons to visit our offices only in an emergent situation.

If you must visit our offices to avail yourself of our services please be advised that we must reduce our staff in the office by 50% and will only have limited resources to assist our customers at this time.

Visitors to the County Clerk’s Office will be for expedite passport applications and emergencies only.

Patrons should use the drop box located outside the County Office Building for routine pistol permit transactions, business certificate filings, judgment transcript filings, non-emergency court filings, notary public renewals, land recordings.

Patrons should visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/county-clerk for information on forms (pistol permit, passport, etc.), electronic filing of court records, electronic recording of land records, Freedom of Information Law requests and online records search.

On Tuesday March 17, 2020 visitors to the Putnam County DMV will be limited to a maximum of 6 patrons at a time.  Customers are also reminded to visit www.dmv.ny.gov for online processing options such as driver’s license renewals, vehicle registration renewals and duplicate items.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding during this time and will relax these restrictions when it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 or via e-mail at countyclerk@putnamcountyny.com

County Clerk’s Office asking patrons to forego office visits unless absolutely necessary. Patrons at all facilities including DMV will be limited to a maximum of 10 at any one time

From the Office of the County Clerk:

Please be advised that in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with Executive Order of Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell, the office of the Putnam County Clerk is embarking on all possible measures to reduce exposure and encourage social distancing while providing necessary services to our customers.

As such, we are urging all patrons to consider foregoing visiting our offices for the upcoming week unless absolutely necessary.

If you must visit our offices to avail yourself of our services please be advised that we will be significantly limiting the amount of customers in our office.

Visitors to the County Clerk’s Office as well as the Putnam County DMV will be limited to a maximum of 10 patrons at a time.

Customers are also reminded to visit www.dmv.ny.gov for online processing options and www.putnamcountyny.com/county-clerk for information on online transactions available for the County Clerk’s Office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding during this time and will relax these restrictions when it is safe to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 or via e-mail at countyclerk@putnamcountyny.com

The Putnam County Department of Health confirms 2 positive cases COVID-19 in Putnam County

COVID-19 MITIGATION IN PUTNAM

First Lab Confirmed Cases in Putnam, New Executive Orders

BREWSTER, NY— The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming two positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents. The individuals have been quarantined at home and will continue to be monitored carefully. Contact tracing is underway and those that are found to have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be notified by the PCDOH and precautionary or mandatory quarantine will be established for each person.

“This is not an unexpected event, nor should it cause alarm,” County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, said. “We knew eventually a positive case would be confirmed. The Putnam County Department of Health’s communicable disease staff is working with state and local partners to identify all possible contacts.”

Prior to lab-confirmation of positive COVID-19 cases in Putnam, the County Executive had taken major preventative action on Friday by declaring a State of Emergency and ordering all public schools closed for a five-day period. The news of positive cases in Putnam comes alongside additional emergency measures from the county.

“I have signed three emergency orders to further protect the most vulnerable of our community,” adds the county executive. Effective midnight tonight, the emergency orders include the mandatory closing of daycare centers and nursery schools, prohibiting public gatherings or events of more than 20 people and prohibiting buffet style food. “The message we are sending is this— we strongly recommend proactive and extensive social distancing. You should only be leaving your homes when absolutely necessary.  All social events should be reconsidered and re-scheduled if at all possible. By slowing the spread of COVID-19, it can allow the healthcare system to be better prepared and have the available beds for the most ill.”

“Up until now we have been monitoring dozens of possible exposures, both with and without symptoms,” Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, said. “We are working around the clock to ensure all measures are taken to mitigate, or slow the impact of this virus. Data suggest that 80% of people who contract the virus self-resolve and tend to have mild symptoms that eventually subside— but we practice social distancing for the 20% that will have serious complications, hospitalizations requiring intubation, or possibly death.”

In this evolving situation, vigilant personal hygiene and social distancing remain the best defenses. Individuals should remain at home if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms and contact their health care provider before going to the doctor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations include remaining at home until fever or respiratory symptoms have been resolved for a minimum of 24 hours.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath

Residents are reminded to call ahead to their doctor’s office, urgent-care facility or hospital, so they may take necessary precautions to prepare. If, however, you are in respiratory distress, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher of your exposure risk. COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Testing for COVID-19 is occurring in Putnam County; tests are administered at the discretion of the attending physician following NYSDOH and CDC guidelines.
Residents can protect themselves from COVID-19/coronavirus, flu and other droplet-spread viruses, with basic, common sense personal hygiene actions including:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share personal items such as water bottles.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without taking fever-reducing medication) or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

For general questions about COVID-19 the New York State Department of Health has established a hotline: 1-888-364-3065. For local information, follow the department of health on social media or visit the county website. If you think you may be a direct contact of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, please call the PCDOH at 845-808-1390