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.
I'VE TESTED POSITIVE OR BEEN EXPOSED, NOW WHAT?
Effective January 13, 2022, the New York State Department of Health has updated the Contact Tracing procedures and guidelines for COVID-19 Positive Cases and Exposures. Accordingly, contact tracing and case investigations in Washington County are following the state's new guidelines effective immediately. If you (or someone you know) has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, read the NYS Contact Tracing & Case Investigation information and procedures here for further instruction: https://ny.gov/isolation-quarantine-guidance
I'VE BEEN QUARANTINED OR ISOLATED AND NEED RELEASE FORMS
If you've been quarantined or isolated as part of an exposure to a COVID-19 positive case or tested positive yourself and you (or your child) are preparing to return to work/school and are in need of official release forms, the New York State Department of Health has posted them on the site above, which you can also obtain by clicking here.
I'VE TESTED POSITIVE ON AN "AT HOME" COVID TEST
Beginning Saturday, January 8, 2022, Washington County Public Health will begin accepting online reports from those testing positive for COVID-19 on an "At Home" Rapid Antigen test that has received the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. If you have tested positive on one of the approved tests, complete your self-test report by clicking the button below:
STAY UP TO DATE AND INFORMED
As we continue to progress forward in the fight against COVID-19, our COVID-19 update messages will be posted weekly on Friday's, with additional updates being released as necessary based on case data and the updates of other pertinent COVID-19 related news / mitigation efforts.
CHANGE IN REPORTING OF STATISTICS (01/13/2021)
As our Public Health team transitions case investigations to the NYS VCC (Virtual Call Center), in alignment with Governor Hochul's announcement relative to contact tracing and case investigations, we will only be able to accurately report a portion of the previous case categories as our Public Health team will not be managing the full caseload and process as we have previously. In an effort to provide awareness to the number of active cases, hospitalizations and related deaths, effective beginning with the activity report for January 12, 2022, we will report those statistics noted below - in which the COVID-19 + Active Case number includes all cases currently active, even those that have been received, are pending and have yet to be investigated or processed. The Active Case number will include those "At Home" tests that are officially reported to our Public Health team using our reporting portal on our website, as well as any COVID-19 Rapid Antigen or PCR tests processed through a lab or official testing site. Due to other changes in the case investigation process (initiation of abbreviated investigation process by NYS) not all the same information is being collected, we will no longer report on local breakthrough cases and will no longer be regularly publishing the Cases by Town map.
CASE STATUS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
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Case Status data updated: 05/20/2021 9:00 AM
NOTES ON RECENT CASE ACTIVITY
As of Friday, May 20, 2022, there were a total of 109 active COVID-19 + cases in Washington County that have been reported through official channels (labs, official testing sites, county's "At Home" portal), of the 109 active cases there are 21 who are currently hospitalized. We are saddened to report an additional COVID-19 related death of a member of one of our skilled nursing facility communities, a resident in their 69's - our lost resident had recently been hospitalized and had been vaccinated. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the caregivers of our lost community member. Due to the continued elevated levels of COVID-19 in our communities, we are encouraging everyone to be aware, alert and vigilant.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PUBLIC HEALTH TEAM
Our Public Health team continues to encourage everyone in our communities to STAY HOME if you're not feeling well and GET TESTED. Based on the continuing increase in cases in our communities and Washington County continues to be in the HIGH "COVID-19 Community Level", our Public Health team is strongly encouraging everyone in our communities to utilize the strategies listed in the below chart from the CDC, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Wearing a mask indoors in public
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- Getting tested if you have symptoms
- Taking additional precautions (as necessary)
We strongly encourage, support and respect those in our communities who choose to wear a mask and encourage anyone in public indoor settings to consider masking. Our Public Health team remains committed to meeting the needs of our community in the fight against COVID-19 - we continue to provide community and organizational communicable disease support, offer vaccination and testing options weekly, which are posted on our website at washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus.
CDC "COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL TOOL"
Recently the Center for Diseases and Control released a new tool for monitoring the measurement of the impact of COVID-19 illness on the health and healthcare systems on a county by county basis nationwide. The COVID-19 by County tool allows the user to select the location by state and county and identifies the county by Community Level consisting of three categories (Low, Medium and High) and provides prevention steps by level accordingly. Know Your COVID-19 Community Level by using the CDC's interactive tool and check the recommended prevention steps / measures here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
IN NEED OF A COVID-19 "AT HOME" TEST KIT?
We have COVID-19 "At Home" test kits for pick-up available at a few of our Washington County facilities in Fort Edward Monday-Friday during business hours (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM).
TEST KIT PICK-UP LOCATIONS
- Washington County Municipal Center (Building B entrance)
- Washington County, NY Public Health Department
In need of kits for your organization? Reach out to us by phone at (518)747-7520 Ext 1 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.