Coronavirus Information


CORONAVIRUS

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. 

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.

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 CASESPERSONS UNDER MONITORING
CONFIRMEDRECOVEREDDECEASEDACTIVERELEASED
2,8152,771382710,912

Case Status data updated: 06/18/2020, 7:31 AM

*Privacy note: While we understand many in our communities would like to know more specific information about the COVID-19 positive patients and their locations, due to privacy regulations coupled with the county’s privacy policy, Washington County will not routinely release specific identifying information about patients (i.e., age, location) unless it aids in the Public Health investigation and identification of additional PUIs. Please remember, the identified PUIs and COVID-19 patients are under quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure and are not out in the public. Public Health conducts a public health investigation on every COVID-19 positive patient and makes notification to those identified as having close personal contact with a COVID-19 positive patient.

NOTES ON THURSDAY'S CASE ACTIVITY

Since yesterday's report, no new COVID-19 + cases were added / processed, there were four new recoveries of a active cases and one hospitalization.

COVID-19 VACCINATION EFFORTS - UPDATE

CONTINUED VAX EFFORTS WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

In addition to our community vaccination efforts and our "Pop-Up" vaccination events that continue in communities around the county, our Washington County, NY Public Health Department and EMS Vaccination Team (led by Paramedics and members of the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, Inc) continue to work with our local businesses and organizations interested in focused vaccination efforts for their employees / members. Here's the latest breakdown on our recent efforts:

VAX CLINIC @ Hartford Volunteer Fire Co

06/15: 10 Shots - 8 - 2nd Dose Pfizer, 2 J&J

VAX CLINIC @ J.A.Barkley Hose Co.No.1 Inc. ( Argyle Fire/Rescue )

06/15: 20 Shots - 15 - 2nd Dose Pfizer, 5 J&J

MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO #GETYOURSHOT IN WASHINGTON CO

Our Washington County, NY Public Health Department continues to conduct additional "Pop-Up" vaccination clinics in which our Public Health & EMS Vaccination Team (led by Paramedics from the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, Inc) are offering the J&J (1 Shot) COVID-19 vaccine in a number of our communities as we visit and complete our previous two-dose series. If you're looking for the J&J vaccine, check our updated schedule here (and pictured below)! Appointments are strongly encouraged for each of the clinics to help ensure the best possibility of being vaccinated, WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED based on the availability of the vaccine. You can make an appointment for one of our "pop-up" clinics by calling our Washington County, NY Public Health Department at (518)746-2400. SCHEDULED FOR YOUR 2ND SHOT? No worries! Our 2nd Shot clinics follow the same schedule, follow the date / time listed on your vaccination card!

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Click Image Below to get the PDF of the Vaccine Consent Form.  

Please review the Vaccine Consent Form before your come to a Pop-Up Clinic.  

Even better, print out a copy of the Vaccine Consent' fill it out and bring with you.  Please print legibly. 

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WHY GET VACCINATED? 

Building defenses against COVID-19 in our communities is a team effort, each and every one of us is a key part of that defense and adds another layer of protection against COVID-19. Everyone (living or working in NYS) age 16 and over are eligible for vaccination today! Have questions about the vaccines themselves or the process? The AdCouncil has a great info site here with all the answers to help you decide which vaccine is right for you 👉 http://getvaccineanswers.org 

HOMEBOUND? REGISTER FOR VACCINATION TODAY!

Our Public Health & EMS Vaccination Team members are also continuing to conduct Homebound vaccinations this week. To register for homebound vaccination through Washington County, go to our website here washingtoncountyny.gov/vaccineregistry 

ALL NYS MASS VACCINATION SITES TO OPEN FOR WALK INS

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State run Mass Vaccination sites will be open to all eligible adults for "walk-in" vaccination beginning on April 29th. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses only with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. Read the Governor's full announcement here.

I WANT TO BE VACCINATED, WHAT CAN I DO?

County Public Health is only one of the many options available for access to vaccination (and many of the others receive larger allocations of vaccine than the counties), we encourage everyone in our communities to ensure you explore every available option if you want to be vaccinated!

For the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and NYS Vaccine Distribution Program, check the state's website here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Our team at Washington County, NY Public Health Department remains committed to ensuring all those in our county who wish to be vaccinated can be vaccinated! The distribution of vaccine is an extensive process and will take a significant amount of time to get to everyone (approximately 14 weeks for those currently eligible), we are required to abide by the stipulations as set forth in the state's distribution program and are limited by supply. We encourage everyone to stay up to date, informed and be patient as we all work through these challenges together.

NYS COVID-19 "VACCINE TRACKER"

Governor Cuomo recently released a statewide system tracking delivery of vaccine by residency of the person(s) vaccinated. To view the date published by the state relative to vaccine distribution and delivery, you can view the Vaccine Tracker here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-vaccine-tracker

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UPDATED "BREAKTHROUGH" COVID-19 CASE STATISTICS - 06/17/2021

Our Washington County, NY Public Health Department team continues to track our local COVID-19 vaccination statistics and monitor the "breakthrough" (COVID-19 + cases of those who are fully vaccinated) cases investigated within the county. As of this morning, the #nysvaccinetracker shows 29,334 people in Washington County have received the completed vaccine series, 31,972 have received at least one dose (or 52.2% of the population). To date, of the 29,334 fully vaccinated people in Washington County, investigative efforts have identified 20 breakthrough cases, in which a new positive COVID-19 case has been fully vaccinated. Of the 20 current breakthrough cases, two had been hospitalized related to COVID-19, the remainder experienced no or mild symptoms. Here's the "breakthrough" cases by vaccine:
  • 15 - Received Pfizer
  • 4   - Received J&J (Janssen)
  • 1   - Received Moderna

"GET A SHOT TO MAKE YOUR FUTURE" REGISTRATION OPEN

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On May 26, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the "get a shot to make your future" program, in which 12 to 17 year olds who get vaccinated can have their names entered into a random drawing for a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY school, beginning May 27th. There will be 10 winners per week for five weeks, winners will receive a full four-year scholarship - including tuition, room and board, per the Governor's announcement. 12 to 17 year olds who were vaccinated beginning May 27th, can register for the scholarship drawing here: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Get-A-Shot-To-Make-Your-Future-Registration

IS YOUR COVID-19 TEST RESULT PENDING? QUARANTINE!

If you've been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting your results PLEASE ensure you remain quarantined until your results return! We have seen recent cases with preventable exposures of those who continued their daily routine without quarantining while awaiting results, which returned positive. Need info on how and where to get tested? We've got you covered here: http://bit.ly/COVIDTestFinder

ACTIVE COVID-19 + CASES BY TOWN MAP UPDATED 06/05/2021

Each Friday we release a graphic map showing active COVID-19 + cases by town. ⚠: 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!

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COUNTY OPERATIONS STATUS

Yesterday, Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Sam Hall, announced the re-opening of our county County Municipal Center facility main entrance at Building B to our community members for walk-in visitors and transactions beginning this Friday (today), however we will continue to take appointments and strongly encourage those who wish to plan their visit and needs ahead of time to do so. The Chairman added County Administration will continue working with our County Clerk and her team, following their recommendations, as to the operations of our County Clerk and DMV offices, which will continue to operate by the appointment only system for the time being. The Chairman had a number of other topics of discussion, including highlighting the work of our "Public Health and healthcare heroes, our First Responders, essential workers and the many dedicated professionals who worked tirelessly to help end the pandemic and keep our critical services operating in our communities as we progressed throughout the challenges over the last year" - watch the Chairman's message here: https://youtu.be/FlrSFi19yGg - Some departments will continue to operate on a modified basis, please see the following notes below:

  • DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES & COUNTY CLERK: County Clerk Stephanie Lemery announces the Washington County Department of Motor Vehicles office remains open for in person transactions, by appointment only! Appointments can be made online via the county website here. Many DMV transactions can be processed online at dmv.ny.gov .
  • LEAP /  LEAP FOOD PANTRY: LEAP’s Food Pantry has been temporarily re-located to the Washington County WIC building (located next door, light yellow building). Visits are by appointment only! Please call (518)746-2391 to make an appointment and for any other LEAP services.

Members of the public with specific needs for other or detailed services shall contact the department by phone to make an appointment or check the department’s page on the county website at washingtoncountyny.gov for additional information.

"NY FORWARD" RESOURCES

Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman Samuel J. Hall has appointed and tasked the "Restarting Washington County" Advisory Committee to serve as a resource for our local businesses and organizations in our communities, providing insight, direction and support as they plan for the return of business / activities in the future. As the Governor’s plan to re-open New York State has been released, there are many things that can be addressed through the planning and preparation process ahead of time in our communities, businesses and organizations. The Governor has developed informational resources to guide members of our communities, local organizations and businesses with the restarting process in New York State:

REQUIRED REPORTING OF EVENTS TO LOCAL HEALTH

In accordance with the state's guidance (dated February 24, 2021): Responsible Parties must notify their respective county health department or local public health authority if they plan to host in-person and catered events with more than 50 attendees, as of February 24, 2021.

Complete the Large Gathering / Event Notification Form here to notify our Public Health department of the event accordingly.

SYMPTOMS

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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 

PREVENTION

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

SPECIALIZED INFORMATION

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.

Economic Development

The Economic Development has posted important information related to State and Federal business help during CV-19 on their web page: 

https://washingtoncountyny.gov/470/Economic-Development