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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Chairman announces "Restarting Washington County" Advisory Committee

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Today, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Sam Hall, announced the formation of the “Restarting Washington County” Advisory committee, consisting of local leaders in our communities, regional Chamber of Commerce and other local officials to help all those organizations and businesses in Washington County preparing to return to business, when the time is right.

The Advisory Committee will be tasked 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 appointed Advisory Committee members are as follows:

  • Robert Henke – Vice Chairman – Board of Supervisors, Advisory Committee Chairman
  • Dave O’Brien – Town of Hampton Supervisor, Chairman of the Warren / Washington County Industrial Development Agency
  • Laura Oswald – Director of Washington County Economic Development
  • Deanna Derway – Executive Director of the Washington County Local Development Corp
  • Darrell Wilson – Town of Putnam Supervisor
  • Dana Hogan – Town of Kingsbury Supervisor
  • Matt Hicks – Town of Granville Supervisor
  • Cassie Fedler – Town of Cambridge Supervisor
  • Michael Bittel – President / CEO of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Dexter – District Superintendent of WSWHE BOCES

Also assigned to the Advisory Committee to provide professional guidance and support are the following County officials:

  • Chris DeBolt – County Administrator
  • Al Nolette – County Treasurer
  • Roger Wickes – County Attorney
  • Patricia Hunt – Director of Public Health
  • Kathy Jo McIntyre – Assistant Director of Public Health
  • Glen Gosnell – Director of Public Safety
  • Tim Hardy – Deputy Director of Public Safety

The Advisory Committee will work in coordination with Governor Cuomo’s regional task force and the Governor’s Guidelines for the Phased Re-Opening of our area, facilitating communications and providing guidance to help ensure the safe reopening of businesses / organizations throughout the process.

Yesterday, the Governor announced the state will be monitoring four core factors in each region to determine eligibility for re-opening:

  • New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In regions with few COVID cases, the region cannot exceed 15 net new total hospitalizations or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In order to monitor the potential spread of infection in a region, a region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
  • Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases. Regions must have at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available. This is coupled with the new requirement that hospitals have at least 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled.
  • Diagnostic Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. The state is rapidly expanding capacity statewide to help all regions meet this threshold.
  • Contact Tracing Capacity: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region. The state is currently building an army of contact tracers with Mayor Bloomberg to meet the needs of each region statewide.

The health and safety of every member, visitor and business in our communities must remain paramount throughout the re-opening process in order for our Restarting efforts to be successful.

It’s critical we all continue doing our part to help keep EVERYONE in our communities, our essential personnel and First Responders as safe and healthy as possible:

  • STAY home as much as you can.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCE if you have to go out – keep at least 6’ distance between you and everyone else. Heading out in public places? Wear a face covering or mask!
  • WASH your hands often, use hand sanitizer when you can’t.
  • NOT FEELING WELL? Stay home! Need a visit to the doctor? Call ahead or try out your telehealth options.

Check our information site at for the latest, up to date COVID-19 information from our County Operations. You can also follow our Public Health & Public Safety Departments on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information on COVID-19 in our communities.

The safety and health of everyone in our communities matter – please keep doing your part!

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