Washington County’s Departments of Public Health and Public Safety in conjunction with County Administration are continuing to work closely with our state and federal health agencies to monitor the spread of the disease and act decisively to ensure we are as prepared as possible to keep Washington County safe and healthy.
Click the image below to go to the PDF of the Washington County Public Health COVID-19 Response Infographic.
I've Tested Positive or Been Exposed to COVID 19, Now What?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 effective August 11, 2022 - the updated guidance can be found here:
COVID-19 Treatment for all Communities
New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 can now seek medical treatment via Telehealth services through New York State. New York State utilizes NYC Health + Hospitals' Virtual ExpressCarePlatform to provide this service to New York State Residents, even if you do not have insurance. ExpressCare is a service that allows you to receive virtual care from a provider using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
You will schedule a virtual appointment and the provider you see will be able to prescribe treatments that help prevent severe COVID-19 disease. COVID-19 treatments work best when you receive them as soon as possible after becoming sick, so making an appointment as soon as you test positive is best. These lifesaving treatments have been proven to be effective against COVID-19 and can reduce the risk of hospitalization or death due to COVID-19.
Visit ExpressCare by clicking the button below:
I've Tested Positive on an "At Home" COVID Test
Washington County Public Health is accepting online reports from those testing positive for COVID-19 on an "At Home" Rapid Antigen test that has received the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. If you have tested positive on one of the approved tests, complete your self-test report by clicking the button below:
I've been Isolated and Need a Form for Work or School
If you've been isolated for COVID-19 and are preparing to return to work/school and are in need of an Affirmation of Isolation Form, click here:
COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts/Information
Weekly Booster Clinics at Public Health, 415 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY.
Every Wednesday - By Appointment: 2PM - 4PM. Register by Calling 518-746-2400.
COVID Vaccines Being Offered:
- Moderna 1st Dose, 2nd Dose ages 6 months and older
- Moderna Bivalent Booster ages 18 and older
Those who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our clinics should:
- Must wear a mask
- All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a Parent/Guardian
- Bring Identification
- Wear a Short Sleeve Shirt
- Plan to stay at least 15 minutes following vaccination for monitoring
STAY UP TO DATE AND INFORMED
As we continue to progress forward in the fight against COVID-19, our COVID-19 update messages will be released as necessary based on case data and the updates of other pertinent COVID-19 related news / mitigation efforts.
CHANGE IN REPORTING OF STATISTICS (12/30/2022)
Due to changes in the systems previously managing COVID-19 cases for our Public Health team and New York State, our last local report of COVID-19 case statistics will occur on December 30, 2022. Following the first week in January, the local case status section (shown below) will be replaced with links to the New York State Department of Health and CDC tracking pages.
CASE STATUS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
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Case Status data updated: 12/30/2022 10:42 AM
NOTES ON RECENT CASE ACTIVITY / REPORT
As of Friday, December 30, 2022, there were a total of 47 active known COVID-19 + cases in Washington County that have been reported through official channels (labs, official testing sites, county's "At Home" portal), of the 47 active cases 5 are currently hospitalized. The CDC's COVID-19 "Community Level" for Washington County is currently LOW, our CDC COVID-19 "Community Transmission Level" is currently SUBSTANTIAL - we continue to see a steady stream of new cases reported throughout the week and strongly encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant for signs, symptoms and taking the appropriate measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH TEAM
Our Public Health team continues to encourage everyone in our communities to STAY HOME if you're not feeling well and GET TESTED.
Our Public Health team is strongly encouraging everyone in our communities to utilize the strategies listed in the below chart from the CDC, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Getting tested if you have symptoms
- Taking additional precautions (as necessary)
We strongly encourage, support and respect those in our communities who choose to wear a mask and encourage anyone with a high risk for severe illness to consider masking. Our Public Health team remains committed to meeting the needs of our community in the fight against COVID-19 - we continue to provide community and organizational communicable disease support, offer vaccination and testing options weekly, which are posted on our website at washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus.
CDC "COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL TOOL"
The Center for Diseases and Control continues to update their tool for monitoring the measurement of the impact of COVID-19 illness on the health and healthcare systems on a county by county basis nationwide. The COVID-19 by County tool allows the user to select the location by state and county and identifies the county by Community Level consisting of three categories (Low, Medium and High) and provides prevention steps by level accordingly. Know Your COVID-19 Community Level by using the CDC's interactive tool and check the recommended prevention steps / measures here
IN NEED OF A COVID-19 AT HOME TEST KIT?
We have COVID-19 "At Home" test kits for pick-up available at a few of our Washington County facilities in Fort Edward Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM).
TEST KIT PICK-UP LOCATIONS
- Washington County Municipal Center (Building B entrance)
- Washington County, NY Public Health Department
In need of kits for your organization? Reach out to us by phone at (518)747-7520 Ext 1 or by email at [email protected] for further information.
FDA ISSUES SHELF LIFE EXTENSIONS TO SOME "AT HOME" COVID-19 TEST KITS
- CARESTART "AT HOME" COVID-19 TESTS (These are the tests we distributed with the white / purple boxes)
- FDA Extension Letter: https://www.fda.gov/media/155636/download
- FDA Reference Letter w/ Lot #s: https://accessbio.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/CareStart-COVID-19-Ag-Home-Test_Exp-Date-Extension-Notification_01.pdf
- Note: Most of the CareStart tests we were allocated were CP21M42, set to expire MAY 2022, which have been extended to AUGUST 2022 (08/31/2022)
- CareStart tests CP22816 are extended to 4/30/2023
- FDA Lot #'s extension issued 8/ 2022: https://www.fda.gov/media/158734/download
- IHEALTH "AT HOME" COVID-19 TESTS (These are the tests we distributed (and still are) with the white / orange boxes)
- FDA Extension Letter: https://www.fda.gov/media/157340/download
- iHealth Expiration Date Extension Lot # Search: https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news#expiration
- Note: Most of the iHealth tests with Lot # 223CO20114 set to expire 07/13/2022, which have been extended to 1/13/2023. Lot # 222CO20121, with expiration date 7/20/22 have been extended to 1/20/2023.