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This is Steven Vegliante, Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg, with an important public health advisory.  Today is Thursday March 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

While we await further guidance and direction from Federal, State and Local officials, I have directed our Town staff to develop short and long term contingency plans to inhibit the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our Town.  Initially, I am ordering all non-essential meetings, including the Planning Board, Zoning Board and Architectural Review Board meetings for March cancelled.  A workshop meeting on the proposed short-term rental law scheduled for Monday is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.  I have directed our Town Justices to adjourn all non-essential matters before their Courts, including civil, municipal code violations and vehicle and traffic matters for thirty (30) days.  Criminal matters will be determined by the Court and District Attorney’s office.  If you have a matter pending before one of our Boards, please await further guidance from the Town.  If you have a non-essential matter before the Town of Fallsburg Courts, you will receive a written adjournment notice shortly.  If you are not sure, you may call the Town Court at 845-434-4574.  Finally, please, wherever possible limit your visits to the Town Hall or Town facilities.  Please call first and see if your matter can be handled over the phone or by email. 

For more information on the virus, please visit the Town of Fallsburg website.  There you will find a Coronavirus / Novel COVID-19 page which has resources provided by the NYS Department of Health as well as links to the NYS Department of Health web page and a web page developed by Congressman Antonio Delgado’s office.   These pages contain reliable information to guide you and your family going further.   Finally, an informational hotline has been established by the NYS Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.

As of yesterday at 4:00 p.m, there are 216 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.   Since that report, there have been news reports of an additional case within Ulster County and a case within Orange County, however those cases have not as yet been confirmed by New York State. 

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.

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.

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe and Thank you.