The Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Putnam County, began Phase 1 of the reopening plan on May 26. The following industries are permitted to re-open:
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
For specific guidelines for each of these industries, please visit forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase
For a breakdown of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases by town, please visit www.putnamcountyny.com/covid19 There are people that have COVID-19 that are not reflected in lab-confirmed case numbers. They may have not been tested yet, could be awaiting lab results, or are asymptomatic yet contagious. Please stay home as much as possible and keep your distance if you have to go out to slow the spread.
The PCDOH and the County Executive are making every effort to keep you as informed as possible. Moving forward, case numbers will be updated each day. As with any communicable disease, case counts can change daily. As the investigation process continues, addresses are confirmed, out of county cases are reassigned, and delayed lab reports are received, the data changes. Sometimes there are inconsistencies with the state reported positive tests and PCDOH reported positive test results. PCDOH is reporting all positive test results for individuals who have been notified of their results and are confirmed to be living in our County. The information that is reported is the most accurate information at the time it is shared.
The County continues to recommend proactive and extensive social distancing, also known as physical distancing. Specifically, in an effort to reduce the spread and exposure to COVID-19 and to protect our vulnerable populations, if you are not at home, everyone should attempt to maintain at least a 6 foot distance from other individuals. You should only be leaving your homes when absolutely necessary. All social events of 10 or more should be cancelled or re-scheduled. Please continue to use common sense and to be mindful of your neighbors and your communities so cases do not rise. In addition to social distancing, you must wear a cloth face covering when in public for essential tasks.
If you develop flu-like symptoms and are not short of breath, the best thing you can do for yourself and your community is stay home. If you are feeling more severely ill, and in particular, are having trouble breathing, do not delay seeking medical care. Prior to presenting to a healthcare provider’s office, urgent care or local emergency room, call ahead to inform them if you have had a risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you call 911, inform the dispatcher of your risk of exposure.
Respiratory illnesses spread quickly, and so does disinformation. Refer to trusted sources, with track records of providing accurate science and health related information. Outbreaks involving COVID-19 evolve quickly and recommendations from public health officials may change as new information becomes available.
For general COVID-19 questions, call 211 or the NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
If you need mental health counseling, please call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314.
If you have symptoms or direct contact to a lab-confirmed case and would like to be tested, please visit covid19screening.health.ny.gov or call the NYSDOH hotline to complete an assessment.
Last updated 6/3/2020 at 4pm