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: 06/01/2020, 3:40 PM
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 has declared a State of Emergency for Washington County, effective as of 2:00 PM on March 16, 2020, and will remain in effect for the next thirty days, or until rescinded. 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. The county’s State of Emergency declaration was last extended on May 13, 2020 and remains in effect.
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.
HELP US "MASK UP" WITH WARREN COUNTY
We’re thankful to announce we’re partnering with neighbors in Warren County and joining their “Mask Up!” community initiative for all those in our communities!
What’s this all about? Medical masks are hard to come by these days, but many people with access to fabric and material have been making some useful and even snazzy face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As proven with our recent distribution of cloth face coverings from the federal government there are needs in our community and more are still needed, as new state orders require mouths and noses be covered in all public places where people can’t socially distance.
We are proud to partner with our neighbors in Warren County and their many departments that have banded together to begin an effort to help collect them for distribution to those in need, working with retired Glens Falls physician Dr. Richard Leach . Dr. Leach calls his donors “Masketeers, as it calls up chivalry and altruism and protecting the community against a marauding and sneaky enemy!”
How can you help? We’re looking for those in our communities with a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, fabric or a few old t-shirts and a pair of scissors to make homemade masks that can offer some degree of protection from the virus, and know that you are helping end this pandemic sooner. We’ll share the links to instructional videos on YouTube and sewing instructions from the CDC.
Then what? Drop the masks off to the collection area at the Washington County Municipal Center (Building B Main Entrance – Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM) or give our Department of Public Safety a call at (518)747-7520 for pick-up. After donations are collected, they will be turned over to Dr. Leach’s team, and they will be sterilized by local dentists and distributed back through our communities as needed.
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.