Washington County’s Public Health and Public Safety Departments continue to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to prepare for local effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
As of today (March 8, 2020) at 1:00 PM, Washington County Public Health is monitoring three local residents who reported close contact with a subject testing positive for COVID-19. The residents are self-quarantined and awaiting the results of testing. Currently there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington County at this time.
All official updates and information from Washington County will originate from our county Public Health and Public Safety Departments and will be posted on our public information page at washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus . Any additional information we post and or share will be vetted and originate from within our own offices, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the New York State Department of Health.
Follow these tips to help keep you and your family healthy and safe EVERYDAY!
- 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.
For Washington County residents who have questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Washington County Public Health Department at (518)746-2400.
For general questions regarding COVID-19, please call the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a New York State Department of Health expert who will answer questions during normal working hours. Should there be no direct answer, you may leave a voicemail message that will be returned.
Information relative to COVID-19 is changing on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. Updated medical knowledge, recommendations, planning and situational status which may appear to be contradictory may likely be due to the continuing development of information. Washington County will provide updated information on our site as it develops and is working on providing a recurring update for the public on a regular basis moving forward.