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: 05/14/2020, 9:00 PM
NOTES ON TODAY'S NEW CASES
Since yesterday's report, eight new COVID-19 + cases were added / processed, there were ten new recoveries of active cases and two active cases are hospitalized. Five of today's new cases are related to active COVID-19 + cases / investigations and the remaining three cases are under investigation and currently identified as a "community" cases with unknown origin at this time. The Public Health Investigations and Contact Tracing efforts are still ongoing for today's new cases and new cases are continuing to come in and await processing.
AWAITING MASK GUIDANCE UPDATES FROM NYS
Yesterday, the CDC announced changes to its previously issued guidance on mask use relative to those who have been "fully vaccinated" (defined as 2 weeks after the 2nd Dose is received of a two-dose series (Moderna, Pfizer) or 2 weeks after the 1 Dose of J&J). In the changes, the CDC notes, "Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance." In NYS, the Governor's executive order pertaining to mask use remains in effect as-is and has not yet been modified. Late yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged the CDC's change to the guidance with this statement he released: "In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening. We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states." We all are still awaiting the guidance from our state partners on the changes relative to mask use for those fully vaccinated.