As of 2 pm on March 27, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming a total of 122 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19. A breakdown by towns can be found here.
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 every morning. 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. The information that is reported is the most accurate information at the time it is shared.
Outbreaks involving COVID-19 evolve quickly and recommendations from public health officials may change as new information becomes available.
Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York State on March 7 to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The emergency declaration allows for more resources to go towards the efforts of local health departments in keeping our community safe. Along with CT, PA and NJ, Governor Cuomo enacted several executive orders to encourage social distancing:
- All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
- Restaurants & bars will be takeout/delivery only
- Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed
- All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services are closed.
- 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential services will remain OPEN
- Matilda’s Law was enacted to protect older adults
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell declared a State of Emergency in Putnam County on March 13. The State of Emergency will allow the county to share resources more efficiently and better respond to the rapidly evolving situation involving COVID-19. In addition to the Governor’s Executive Orders, County Executive Odell announced:
- The county’s four senior centers are closed and home meal delivery will be expanded to all seniors in need. This includes the Friendship Centers in Carmel, Putnam Valley and Philipstown, and the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopac.
- Visitors are no longer be allowed at the Putnam County facilities.
- All civil service examinations will be canceled and rescheduled at a later date.
The County continues to recommend proactive and extensive social distancing be practiced. 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 should be cancelled or re-scheduled. Please continue to use common sense and to be mindful of your neighbors and your communities so that we can flatten the curve.
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 concerned about exposure to COVID-19, you can call the NYS COVID-19 hotline (1-888-364-3065). 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.
Do you have an urgent question regarding or a concern that you may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Call the NYS COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Last updated 3/28/2020 at 2pm
We’ve received many complaints that you are calling the health department and are not receiving an answer after leaving a message. We do apologize that our nurses are inundated with calls. Please know that you are among many other people with concerns and questions. We are attempting to contact everybody who leaves us a message.