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.
Positive for COVID-19?
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.
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.
Exposed to COVID-19?
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 at least 5 full days after last exposure, or if symptoms appear.
Protect yourself from COVID-19 as you would other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if ill.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share personal items such as water bottles.
- You can choose to wear a mask based on community levels at home and other destinations.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Individuals 6 months and older are eligible to receive a vaccine.
Individuals who received a two-dose mRNA vaccine and are immune-compromised are eligible for a third dose of vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose.
The CDC recommends that people people ages 12 years and older receive one update (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether that was their final primary series dose, or an original (monovalent) booster.
Children ages 5 to 11 are eligible for an original (monovalent) booster at least 5 months after their completing their primary series.
Certain individuals are eligible for a additional booster doses.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently offered at 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
Putnam County offices are open to the public. Modified schedules and services may be in place. Appointments may be necessary, calling ahead is advised.
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.
Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Booster vaccine clinic
Monday, October 3 from 3 pm to 6 pm
1 Geneva Road in Brewster
If your question was not answered above, please email us at COVID19@putnamcountyny.gov or call the NYSDOH hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Complaints on facilities will not be addressed at this email address. To file a complaint, please call the Department of Health directly at 1-845-808-1390.
For mental health counseling, call the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314.