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Daycare centers in Putnam County will be permitted to open today, but parents should check with providers to see if they plan to open.  Putnam County issued an Executive Order to close licensed public daycare centers this week to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.   But an order Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on Monday about public schools, omitted daycare centers and required districts to come up with plans to show that first responders and healthcare workers would have access to childcare during school closures. His order supersedes local authority.  Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell says while protecting children from kindergarten through 12th grade, they were neglecting the youngest children who will go home to parents and grandparents who may be vulnerable to this virus.

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