COVID-19 is a new coronavirus first detected in the Hubei Province in China in December 2019. With thousands of confirmed cases in China, the novel coronavirus has spread internationally to South Korea, Japan, Italy, and others, including the United States. International health organizations continue to learn more about this virus, including development of vaccines.
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.
CASE STATUS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Currently, our Washington County Public Health professionals continue monitoring a number local residents (statistics shown below) who either reported close contact with a subject testing positive for COVID-19 and quarantined, or were tested accordingly for COVID-19.
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Case Status data updated: 09/30/2020, 3:46 PM
BRIEF ON NEW POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES TODAY
Washington County received results on two new COVID-19 + cases today. Following completion of the Public Health Investigations, one was determined to be a community case (no relation to others or an establishment / event) and the second was received from a Daycare provider in the county. All exposures from both cases have been identified and contact tracing has been completed. Public Health has also conferred and worked closely with the school district(s) involved to determine there are no current exposures within any local school at this time.
LOW RISK EXPOSURE - DOLLAR TREE, KINGSBURY
As a result of a recent Public Health investigation into one of the community cases, a patron who visited the Dollar Tree store (3736 Burgoyne Avenue, Kingsbury) on September 28th (Monday) between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, has tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the investigation findings to date, the establishment followed the NY Forward guidance and sanitization protocols and there is a “low-risk” to anyone who anyone who visited the store during that time period. We are asking anyone who attended during that time frame to self-monitor for any potential signs / symptoms of COVID-19 and report any issues to Public Health at (518)746-2400.
STAY UP TO DATE AND INFORMED
Washington County will be distributing a community update message via email once daily, typically in the afternoon, which will include updated COVID-19 information and statistics. If you’re interested in receiving the daily update message, sign up here.
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED / REMAINS IN EFFECT
Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman Samuel J. Hall declared a State of Emergency for Washington County, initially effective as of 2:00 PM on March 16, 2020. The State of Emergency allows the county to continue facilitating the ongoing response to COVID-19 and to provide the County of Washington and local organizations with the flexibility needed to respond to this imminent threat to public health, safety and quality of life.
- Washington County State of Emergency Declaration: Extension issued September 8, 2020
- Washington County Executive Order: 2020.7 - Issued September 27, 2020
KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEAR A MASK WHEN IN PUBLIC
We encourage all those in our communities to use all efforts of ‘social-distancing’ as an effective public health measure to prevent and slow the transmission of COVID-19. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, a face covering or mask must be worn when in public and unable to socially distance (exceptions: under two years old, those medically unable to tolerate a face covering / mask).
STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD. SAVE LIVES.
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. If you are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to areas of concern, contact your health provider by phone immediately.
COVID-19 TESTING SITES & INFORMATION
Testing sites for COVID-19 can be found by searching the state’s COVID-19 testing site here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
HOW YOU CAN HELP - VOLUNTEER & DONATION PROGRAM
PUBLIC / COMMUNITY INFORMATION
- NYSDOH Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Know the Facts About COVID-19 and Help Stop the Spread of Rumors
- CDC COVID-19
- NYSDOH COVID-19
- US Food and Drug Administration COVID-19
- Saratoga, Washington, Warren County COAD (Communities Organizations Active in Disasters) Situation Report
- Child Care and Schools
- Managing Anxiety & Stress associated with COVID-19
- Talking with Children about COVID-19
- NYS Mental Health Support Line for COVID-19: (844)863-9314
CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION ON COVID-19
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.