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.

I'VE TESTED POSITIVE OR BEEN EXPOSED, NOW WHAT?

Effective January 13, 2022, the New York State Department of Health has updated the Contact Tracing procedures and guidelines for COVID-19 Positive Cases and Exposures. Accordingly, contact tracing and case investigations in Washington County are following the state's new guidelines effective immediately. If you (or someone you know) has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, read the NYS Contact Tracing & Case Investigation information and procedures here for further instruction: https://ny.gov/isolation-quarantine-guidance

I'VE BEEN QUARANTINED OR ISOLATED AND NEED RELEASE FORMS

If you've been quarantined or isolated as part of an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case or tested positive yourself and you (or your child) are preparing to return to work/school and are in need of official release forms, the New York State Department of Health has posted them on the site above, which you can also obtain by clicking here.

I'VE TESTED POSITIVE ON AN "AT HOME" COVID TEST

Beginning Saturday, January 8, 2022, Washington County Public Health will begin 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:

COVID-19 At Home Test Report Opens in new window

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.

CHANGE IN REPORTING OF STATISTICS (01/13/2021)

As our Public Health team transitions case investigations to the NYS VCC (Virtual Call Center), in alignment with Governor Hochul's announcement relative to contact tracing and case investigations, we will only be able to accurately report a portion of the previous case categories as our Public Health team will not be managing the full caseload and process as we have previously. In an effort to provide awareness to the number of active cases, hospitalizations and related deaths, effective beginning with the activity report for January 12, 2022, we will report those statistics noted below - in which the COVID-19 + Active Case number includes all cases currently active, even those that have been received, are pending and have yet to be investigated or processed. The Active Case number will include those "At Home" tests that are officially reported to our Public Health team using our reporting portal on our website, as well as any COVID-19 Rapid Antigen or PCR tests processed through a lab or official testing site. Due to other changes in the case investigation process (initiation of abbreviated investigation process by NYS) not all the same information is being collected, we will no longer report on local breakthrough cases and will no longer be regularly publishing the Cases by Town map.

CASE STATUS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

ACTIVE + CASESACTIVE HOSPITALIZED
RELATED DEATHS
75214
75

Case Status data updated:  01/15/2021 12:20 PM

*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

There are a total of 752 active COVID-19 + cases in Washington County that have been reported through official channels (labs, official testing sites, county's "At Home" portal), of the 752 active cases there are currently 14 who are currently hospitalized. We are saddened to report an additional COVID-19 related death of a 51 year old member of one of our communities - our lost resident had recently been hospitalized and was not vaccinated. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the caregivers of our lost community member.

MESSAGE FROM YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH TEAM

PLEASE be vigilant and do your part - protect yourselves and your family members. We strongly encourage everyone in our communities to consider vaccination, wear a mask in public settings or when spending time around others, stay home and get tested if you're not feeling well. IF you are not feeling well, be responsible and inform those you have had close contact with recently for awareness and to monitor for symptoms. As we prepare to transition away from contact tracing, and the state conducts more local case investigations, our Public Health team is preparing a new slate of vaccination clinics and other initiatives to support the needs of our community in working together to bring us all closer to the end of the pandemic.

NYS MASK OR VAX REQUIREMENT IN EFFECT IN PUBLIC PLACES

Governor Kathy Hochul announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. The NYSDOH - New York State Health Department Commissioner later issued a "Health Commissioner's Determination", solidifying the announcement made by the Governor. The mask requirement (or vaccination requirement, whichever is chosen by the business or organization) will be in effect from December 13, 2021 through February 1, 2022. Additionally, the NYSDOH - New York State Health Department published a new FAQ page on their site relative to the requirements, read all the details here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/frequently-asked-questions-proof-full-vaccination-or-mask-requirement-businesses-and-venues  Aware of a violation at a business / organization in Washington County, file a complaint here.

COVID-19 VACCINATION EFFORTS / INFORMATION

We will continue posting and announcing our Public Health community vaccination opportunities and clinics in coordination with our Washington County EMS Vaccination Team (led by Paramedics and staff from the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad and other county EMS agencies). Keep an eye on washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus for our schedule announcements. THANK YOU for helping us to #vaccinatewashingtoncounty!

COMMUNITY VACCINATION CLINICS // TIME & LOCATIONS NOTED BELOW

  • January 19, 2022 (Wednesday) @ Granville Rescue Squad - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Pfizer 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Moderna 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Register by calling Public Health at (518)746-2400 or Walk-in
  • January 20, 2022 (Thursday) @ Historic Salem Courthouse - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Pfizer 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Moderna 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Register by calling Public Health at (518)746-2400 or Walk-in
  • January 27, 2022 (Thursday) @ Fort Ann Central School - 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Pfizer 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Moderna 1st Dose, 2nd Dose and Booster (all eligible)
    • Register by calling Public Health at (518)746-2400 or Walk-in

WEEKLY BOOSTER CLINICS @ BURGOYNE AVENUE CAMPUS (1153 Burgoyne Ave)

  • January 18, 2022 (Tuesday) - 9A-3P - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • January 20, 2022 (Thursday) - 9A-3P - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • January 25, 2022 (Tuesday) - 9A-3P - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • January 27, 2022 (Thursday) - 9A-3P - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Those who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at one of our clinics should:

  • 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

COMBATTING MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE COVID-19 VAX

Earlier this week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new program -#GetTheVaxFacts - to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation online. The campaign includes a dedicated website as well as downloadable toolkits to address the most pressing misinformation topics around the COVID-19 vaccine in a thorough and easy-to-understand way. The new resources cover misinformation related to pregnancy and infertility, side effects, safety and speed, as well as government conspiracy theories that continue to circulate on social media and digital forums. Read the FAQs, Myths & Facts and get more info here:  https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/combatting-misinformation-about-covid-19-vaccines

SICK? NOT FEELING WELL? GET TESTED! STAY HOME!

As local COVID-19 cases continue to increase daily by double digits, our Public Health team is reminding those who may not be feeling well to STAY HOME and GET TESTED. Following a symptomatic test, QUARANTINE until you receive the official results and are released by your healthcare provider, the NYS Contact Tracers or our Public Health team. Many new cases continue to arise out of contact with symptomatic persons, and contact in public areas without the use of masks. PLEASE do your part to keep your family, friends, neighbors, fellow community members and schools safe and healthy. Looking for a test? bit.ly/COVIDTestFinder

VISITING COUNTY FACILITIES? WEAR YOUR MASK!

In accordance with Washington County being identified as in the "HIGH" category based on the "Level of Community Transmission" data from the CDC, effective Friday, August 6, 2021, and until further notice, all employees and members of the public, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to be masked when in public indoor settings within Washington County owned / operated facilities

CDC UPDATES "PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS"

On July 27, 2021, the CDC issued an updated set of recommendations for fully vaccinated people, the full guidance can be found on the CDC's website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

As of today's update, Washington County remains in the HIGH category. In the latest guidance, it is recommended by the CDC, and our Washington County, NY Public Health Department team that ALL PEOPLE (regardless of vaccination status) WEAR A MASK in public indoor settings in areas identified as substantial or high transmission areas, which includes all of Washington County., according to the CDC

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 12 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 

LOOKING FOR VAX FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY? REGISTER TODAY!

Our Public Health & EMS Vaccination Team members are also continuing to conduct local community vaccination efforts, including taking the vaccine on the road to our homebound community members. To register for information regarding our community vaccination events or homebound vaccination through Washington County, register on 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! 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"

NYS 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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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
  • Runny Nose
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Altered Mental Status / Confusion
  • Chest Pains
  • Seizures

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

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