There are no cases of coronavirus, so far, in Putnam County. 19 Putnam County residents who either returned from mainland China or came in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus are being monitored, all were asymptomatic.
New York state officials have declared a State of Emergency. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell says even though no local residents have tested positive, with increased testing she expects there may be some cases. The Putnam County Health Department has been working for weeks with emergency personnel, law enforcement, school district officials and other relevant agencies to prepare and keep them informed of the rapidly changing conditions.
Health officials urged residents to take simple precautions, like frequent handwashing and staying home if sick, to avoid the spread of COVID-19. They also recommends the “Call Before You Go,” plan. Before going to the doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room, call ahead about symptoms and any possible exposure to the virus.