Today is Tuesday March 10, 2020 5:15 pm.
My office has received further guidance from the offices of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health regarding public facilities and the spread of the coronavirus. We will be sharing this guidance with all known schools and other municipal buildings in our Town.
Attached hereto are guidance memos from the New York State Department of Health, to residents of the State regarding preparedness within your home and for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19. I encourage each member of the public to read each and follow the guidelines provided. While we should not panic, we should be vigilant to help prevent spread of this virus.
The website is: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Additionally, I have attached information regarding emergency childcare assistance that is available to those affected by the virus. There are several options available to parents, and I encourage you to review these services, so that if necessary you are prepared to utilize them.
As of today at 11:15 a.m., there are 173 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS. There are no confirmed cases within Sullivan County as of this report. There is one confirmed case in Ulster County and six within Rockland County.
Regarding 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. A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms. Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
• Stay home when you are sick. Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• If you have any further questions or concerns, there is a hotline that has been established.
The toll free number is 1-888-364-3065.
Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the County of Sullivan Department of Emergency Management and Sullivan County Public Health as necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office. Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can inhibit the spread of Covid-19.