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.
|COVID-19 CASES||PERSONS UNDER MONITORING|
Case Status data updated: 10/25/2020, 4:30 PM
NOTES ON TODAY'S NEW CASES
Upon return of tests from late last week, we received three new COVID-19 + cases today. Our Public Health staff and contact tracers have been busy throughout the day conducting the investigations, all three are community related cases (no ties to another case or originating from a known establishment / event). Based upon activity of the case subject(s), our Public Health team has issued two "Low Risk Exposure" notifications for area establishments / events.
LOW RISK EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION - T/ KINGSBURY
As a result of a recent Public Health Investigation into one of today's COVID-19 positive cases, it has been determined a COVID-19 + case was a patron at Ginny Rae's Diner (1169 Dix Avenue, Hudson Falls / Town of Kingsbury) on Friday, October 23rd between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Based on the investigation findings to date, the establishment and staff followed the NY Forward guidance and sanitization protocols and there is a “low-risk” to anyone in the establishment that has not already been contacted by Public Health. We are asking anyone who attended during that time frame to self-monitor for any potential signs / symptoms of COVID-19 and report any issues to Public Health at (518)746-2400. We extend our thanks to the staff at Ginny Rae's for their dedication to following the protocols and working with our Public Health staff throughout the investigation.
LOW RISK EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION - T/ ARGYLE
As a result of a recent Public Health Investigation into one of today's COVID-19 positive cases, it has been determined a COVID-19 + case attended an event at the Argyle Presbyterian Church (48 Main Street, Argyle) on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in the evening hours. Based on the investigation findings to date, the event followed the NY Forward guidance and sanitization protocols and there is a “low-risk” to anyone attended the event that has not already been contacted by Public Health. We are asking anyone who attended during that time frame to self-monitor for any potential signs / symptoms of COVID-19 and report any issues to Public Health at (518)746-2400. We extend our thanks to the church staff and organizers for their dedication to following the protocols and working with our Public Health staff throughout the investigation.
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 declared a State of Emergency for Washington County, initially effective as of 2:00 PM on March 16, 2020. 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.
- Washington County State of Emergency Declaration: Extension issued October 7, 2020
- Washington County Executive Order: 2020.7 - Issued September 27, 2020
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.
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.