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.
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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: 10/24/2020, 4:30 PM
NOTES ON RECENT CASE ACTIVITY
Sixty-five new COVID-19 + cases were added / processed from Friday, Saturday and Sunday (today), there were ninety-six new recoveries of active cases, eleven current cases are hospitalized. We are saddened to report an additional COVID-19 related death of a 72 year old member of one of our communities - our lost resident had been recently hospitalized and was not vaccinated. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the caregivers of our lost community member. Our Public Health and contact tracing team continue to work through the investigations of these new cases, identifying thirty-two of the sixty-five new cases with ties to other cases / investigations (including household spread cases, workplace spread and other school and/or community activities) and the remaining thirty-three cases have no identified origin of exposure at this time. Of the new cases added, twenty-one had been fully vaccinated (eleven received the Pfizer series, six received the Moderna series and four received the J&J single dose).
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
TESTED IN VERMONT AND ARE COVID-19+ - LET US KNOW!
If you reside in Washington County and are COVID-19 tested in Vermont and received notification by the testing provider you were COVID-19 +, please reach out to our Washington County, NY Public Health Department team and let us know as soon as possible at (518)746-2400 so we can initiate the Public Health Investigation without delay. We are continuing to experience a delay (of up to 3 days in some cases) in receiving notification of COVID-19 + test results that originate from Vermont providers, our Public Health & Contact Tracing teams cannot begin the investigation and notification to contacts until that notification is received.
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.
ACTIVE COVID-19 CASE MAP BY TOWN (Updated 10/24/2021)
Based on the continuing increases in COVID-19 cases, we're releasing an updated graphic map weekly showing the active COVID-19 + cases by town as of this report (October 24, 2021). ⚠: Please understand that the absence of confirmed cases in a community does not mean there is not a COVID-19 risk in that community. We are encouraging everyone in our communities to ensure to take all necessary precautions while out in public. There is no one area that is "safer" from exposure to COVID-19 than another!
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.