Coronavirus Information


CORONAVIRUS

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. 

STAY UP TO DATE AND INFORMED

Washington County will be distributing a community update message via email as needed based on case activity, which will include updated COVID-19 information and statistics. If you’re interested in receiving the update message, sign up here.

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. 

COVID-19 CASESPERSONS UNDER MONITORING
CONFIRMEDRECOVEREDDECEASEDACTIVERELEASED
2,8342,786384510,949

Case Status data updated: 07/23/2020, 9:18 AM

*Privacy note: While we understand many in our communities would like to know more specific information about the COVID-19 positive patients and their locations, due to privacy regulations coupled with the county’s privacy policy, Washington County will not routinely release specific identifying information about patients (i.e., age, location) unless it aids in the Public Health investigation and identification of additional PUIs. Please remember, the identified PUIs and COVID-19 patients are under quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure and are not out in the public. Public Health conducts a public health investigation on every COVID-19 positive patient and makes notification to those identified as having close personal contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.

NOTES ON RECENT CASE ACTIVITY

Since yesterday's report, one new COVID-19 + case was added / processed, there was also one new recovery of an active case and no current hospitalizations. The origin of exposure in today's new case remains under public health investigation. For reference, prior to today's new case, our last new COVID-19 + case was received Thursday (July 23, 2021).

COVID-19 ADVISORY - MULTI-CHURCH EVENT

Public health departments in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties are advising the public of a significant number of COVID-19 cases that appear related to a week-long, multi-church event in Washington County last week. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than a dozen infections have been documented among individuals from three counties and Vermont who attended this event.

The event took place in a tent in a field off Burgoyne Avenue in the town of Kingsbury, Washington County, between Saturday, July 10th and Saturday, July 17th, and involved parishioners of numerous churches from around the region.

Contact tracers and public health administrators from the three counties have been working collaboratively this week as it became evident that this event was a common denominator in a growing number of COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who attended events at this location during this time period is asked to self-quarantine and avoid gatherings or other events until able to get a COVID-19 test. Please monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell and/or headache. Seek medical care if noting any of these symptoms.

Attendees who have questions about this matter or about COVID-19 testing should contact their local public health department at the phone numbers below.

Washington County, NY Public Health Department: 518-746-2400

Warren County NY Public Health: 518-761-6580

Saratoga County Public Health Services: 518-885-2276

COVID-19 VACCINATION EFFORTS - UPDATE

COMMUNITY VACCINATIONS CONTINUED YESTERDAY

Yesterday, our Washington County, NY Public Health Department and EMS Vaccination Team (led by Paramedics and members of the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, Inc and other county EMS agencies) hit the road delivering additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities. Yesterday's events included a coordinated clinic at the Adirondack Camp (11 Pfizer) and a community clinic in Whitehall (12 Pfizer, 10 J&J), delivering another 33 #shotsinarms. Our continued thanks to our Public Health & Vaccination team members for their dedicated efforts and to our organizers and community members who continue to help us #vaccinatewashingtoncounty!

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENTS AHEAD

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In continuing our community vaccination efforts and access, our Washington County, NY Public Health Department, with support from our Washington County EMS Vaccination Team (led by Paramedics and members of the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, Inc and other county EMS agencies), will be holding additional vaccination events for the remainder of July. All of our community events are open to all age eligible by the vaccine type, appointments are preferred (to ensure availability of the vaccine), however walk-ins will be welcome.

  • 07/30 - 4PM-6PM at Washington County Fair
    • REGISTER BY PHONE @ (518)746-2400
  • 07/31 - 9AM-12PM at Hicks Orchard in Granville
    • REGISTER BY PHONE @ (518)746-2400

WHY GET VACCINATED? 

Building defenses against COVID-19 in our communities is a team effort, each and every one of us is a key part of that defense and adds another layer of protection against COVID-19. Everyone (living or working in NYS) age 16 and over are eligible for vaccination today! Have questions about the vaccines themselves or the process? The AdCouncil has a great info site here with all the answers to help you decide which vaccine is right for you 👉 http://getvaccineanswers.org 

HOMEBOUND? REGISTER FOR VACCINATION TODAY!

Our Public Health & EMS Vaccination Team members are also continuing to conduct Homebound vaccinations this week. To register for homebound vaccination through Washington County, go to our website here washingtoncountyny.gov/vaccineregistry 

I WANT TO BE VACCINATED, WHAT CAN I DO?

County Public Health is only one of the many options available for access to vaccination (and many of the others receive larger allocations of vaccine than the counties), we encourage everyone in our communities to ensure you explore every available option if you want to be vaccinated!

For the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and NYS Vaccine Distribution Program, check the state's website here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Our team at Washington County, NY Public Health Department remains committed to ensuring all those in our county who wish to be vaccinated can be vaccinated! The distribution of vaccine is an extensive process and will take a significant amount of time to get to everyone (approximately 14 weeks for those currently eligible), we are required to abide by the stipulations as set forth in the state's distribution program and are limited by supply. We encourage everyone to stay up to date, informed and be patient as we all work through these challenges together.

NYS COVID-19 "VACCINE TRACKER"

Governor Cuomo recently released a statewide system tracking delivery of vaccine by residency of the person(s) vaccinated. To view the date published by the state relative to vaccine distribution and delivery, you can view the Vaccine Tracker here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-tracker

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UPDATED "BREAKTHROUGH" COVID-19 CASE STATISTICS

Our Washington County, NY Public Health Department team continues to track our local COVID-19 vaccination statistics and monitor the "breakthrough" (COVID-19 + cases of those who are fully vaccinated) cases investigated within the county. As of this morning, the #nysvaccinetracker shows 31,708 people in Washington County have received the completed vaccine series, 33,215 have received at least one dose (or 54.2% of the population). To date, of the 31,708 fully vaccinated people in Washington County, investigative efforts have identified 21 breakthrough cases, in which a new positive COVID-19 case has been fully vaccinated. Of the 21 current breakthrough cases, two had been hospitalized related to COVID-19, the remainder experienced no or mild symptoms. Here's the "breakthrough" cases by vaccine:
  • 16 - Received Pfizer
  • 4   - Received J&J (Janssen)
  • 1   - Received Moderna

IS YOUR COVID-19 TEST RESULT PENDING? QUARANTINE!

If you've been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting your results PLEASE ensure you remain quarantined until your results return! We have seen recent cases with preventable exposures of those who continued their daily routine without quarantining while awaiting results, which returned positive. Need info on how and where to get tested? We've got you covered here: http://bit.ly/COVIDTestFinder

WC PHI and Contact Tracing

SYMPTOMS

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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 

PREVENTION

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

SPECIALIZED INFORMATION

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.

Economic Development

The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page: 

https://washingtoncountyny.gov/470/Economic-Development