Public Health & Nursing
Boiling Water and Emergency Disinfection
Information for Consumers
Boiling water is a very effective way to disinfect unsafe water and make it ready to drink, and the public may be directed to boil their water if a condition occurs that could contaminate drinking water with microbiological organisms. Boiling water sounds simple enough, but protecting yourself and your family can be more complicated than it first appears.
Checklist for Residents and Homeowners (PDF, 155KB, 2pg)
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
Visit Washington County Department of Public Safety-Coronavirus-Information for the most up to date information in Washington County.
If you have questions about the Coronavirus, you can call the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
COVID-19 TESTING ADVISEMENT
The availability of COVID-19 testing in our area is extremely limited at this time, the numbers reflected in our statistics (on our Coronavirus Information page) are low due to a very small amount of tests being administered due to the lack of test kits and testing capabilities in our area. Please know that COVID-19 is in our area, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to follow the guidance, exercise social distancing, wash your hands and STAY HOME.
Find guidance for reopening for other Phases and Businesses here:
2-1-1 is the one number to call to find or give help in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number to call for free and confidential community referral that connects callers with resources providing food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options and other types of community assistance. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help individuals find the help they need.
Whatever the need, the 2-1-1 Call Center has the information and expertise to make the right connections.
New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline
Are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency? Office of Mental health is there to help.
- Call: 1-844-863-9314
- Text: Got5 to 741741
- Visit : https://omh.ny.gov/
Addiction and Support
Addiction doesn’t take time off, and neither does the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol, substances, or gambling, treatment is available all across New York State.
Smoking/vaping or the use of opioids or methamphetamines have an affect on your lungs. Continued use can make some NYers more vulnerable if exposed to COVID-19.
Call New York State’s Hopeline at 1-877-846-7369. Text: 467369.
The Hopeline is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.
Hopeline staff can answer your questions and help you find treatment in your area. Information and resources are also available on their website: OASAS.ny.gov
The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page:
Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative
The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free support services to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties is continuing to support and provide services to caregivers through alternative methods. Teleconferences, video chats, and telephone support are being offered for support groups, care consultations, and educational workshops.
Caregivers who are looking for support are encouraged to contact their Care Navigator for more information. Click here to visit the initiative’s website for a contact list.
Washington County Public Health has partnered with local EMS, Police and Fire Departments to provide Reflective Safety Vests to Washington County Residents.
You are more likely to be seen when wearing a reflector than any color clothing. (See Chart for Colors and distances.)
Click here to get the Safety Vest Program:Safety Vest Program Flyer Opens a New Window.
All-Hazards Volunteer Program
Washington County has joined forces with New York State Department of Health, creating a Public Health All-Hazards Volunteer Program.
This program will train volunteers to assist Public Health efforts in response, mitigation, and recovery for disasters which may pose a threat to human health.
To register for the Public Health All-Hazard Volunteer Program, go to https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ Opens a New Window.