In response to changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCDOH has aligned with NYSDOH and CDC and is following the CDC’s approach to isolation and exposure precautions. County residents who test positive may not be contacted and are asked to self-isolate and notify their contacts, including their school or employer if present during the infectious period. The infectious period begins two days prior to symptom onset or the test date if asymptomatic. Isolation and exposure information as well as an Isolation Affirmation can be found below.
Isolate and notify contacts.
Individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test result from their physician, pharmacy, health care facility, laboratory or home test must ISOLATE for at least 5 days past the onset of symptoms or 5 days past the date of their positive test sample collection (if no symptoms). Isolation can end after 5 days if asymptomatic or respiratory symptoms are improving, and fever has been resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. The individual should wear a well-fitting mask through day 10.
Tested positive for COVID-19?
New York State residents outside of New York City can now call 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869) to be connected to a healthcare professional for COVID-19 information and treatment. This resource is open to all New York residents, regardless of income or health insurance status. Positive COVID-19 patients can also complete an evaluation form online by visiting NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access, which also includes a telemedicine visit.
The COVID-19 treatment hotline is available 24/7 and operated by experienced healthcare professionals who can prescribe treatment and referrals. The telemedicine visit includes a clinical assessment, COVID-19 treatment plan, and/or a prescription for Paxlovid or Molnupiravir.
Individuals who were exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a well-fitted mask while around others for 10 days and watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately isolate. Test on day 5 after last exposure, or if symptoms appear.
For vaccine and booster eligibility, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently offered at regularly scheduled health department immunization clinics. Please call 845-808-1332 for an appointment.
Vaccines can also be found through healthcare providers, pharmacies, Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, and other locations. To find a vaccine close to you, please visit vaccines.gov
Respiratory illnesses spread quickly, and so does disinformation. Refer to trusted sources, with track records of providing accurate science and health related information. Recommendations from public health officials about COVID-19 may change as new information becomes available.
Contact your primary care provider for a complete assessment. A healthcare provider will be able to assess and if indicated, test for flu or other viruses. If you have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID, you should tell your health care provider when you call.
New York State residents can call the COVID Treatment Hotline after testing positive, 888-TREAT-NY (888-87-2869). You can also visit NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access to fill out an evaluation form for a telemedicine visit with a healthcare professional.
Prevent the spread of illness:
At home test kits, such as the Abbot BINAX test and iHealth rapid test can be found at local pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Check with your health insurance company to see if you are eligible to receive reimbursement for purchasing at-home tests. Residents can also order free at-home tests from the Federal government through covid.gov/tests.
Visit the CDC for instructions on how to properly administer an at-home COVID tests: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/self-testing-videos.html
Many private healthcare providers in Putnam County are able to provide testing. A healthcare provider will be able to assess and if indicated, test for COVID-19, influenza or other respiratory viruses. If you have had direct contact with someone known to have tested positive with COVID-19 or have recently returned from an area with a high incidence of COVID-19, please inform your healthcare provider before you go to your appointment. Some healthcare providers are offering telemedicine visits, a virtual visit through your computer or phone.
Common symptoms include:
For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting are the same as for other respiratory viruses and can be found here. Clean high touch surfaces often (e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.).
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
This virus can remain stable and possibly infectious for several hours to several days, depending on where it is located. On porous surfaces like cardboard it can remain up to 24 hours, and on non-porous surfaces like plastic or stainless steel it remains stable for two to three days. This stability is similar to the original SARS virus.
Source: National Institutes of Health.
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