COVID-19: 3.31

Central Coordinating Team Will Help Implement Statewide Public-Private Hospital Plan to Share Information, Supplies, Staff and Patients Among Hospitals Across the State

New Online Portal Will Launch Today to Connect Hospitals to Volunteer Healthcare Workers and Help Prioritize Deployment to Hospitals with the Greatest Need

Confirms 9,298 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 75,795; New Cases in 44 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new hospital network Central Coordinating Team that will help facilitate a more coordinated and strategic approach among the state’s healthcare system in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coordinating team will help implement the statewide public-private hospital plan, which the Governor announced yesterday, to share information, supplies, staff and patients among hospitals across the State. The team will be responsible for organizing upstate to downstate staffing; assisting Elmhurst Hospital and other stressed hospitals; setting patient thresholds for hospitals; organizing patient transfers to other hospitals and the USNS Comfort; coordinating State-City stockpiles and individual hospital stockpiles; and facilitating staffing recruitment.

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The team will be led by the State Department of Health and includes the Westchester, New York City and Long Island healthcare systems, the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State. The team will also work with FEMA and the federal government.

This virus does not discriminate — no one is immune to it — and people must continue to be cautious.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo also announced the State is launching an online portal that will help connect hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state with the nearly 80,000 healthcare workers who have volunteered to work on a temporary basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal will prioritize the deployment of workers to hospitals with the greatest need; volunteers are expected to be deployed as early as this Thursday.

“As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have two missions – preparing our hospital system so it is not overwhelmed when the apex of the curve hits and ensuring people stay home so they don’t get the virus in the first place,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are following the mathematical projections of the experts and preparing for the main battle at the apex by procuring as much equipment as we can, increasing our hospital capacity and supporting hospital staff. We met with the entire state hospital system for the first time ever and established an unprecedented new approach to work cooperatively as one unified, statewide healthcare system to defeat this virus. This virus does not discriminate — no one is immune to it — and people must continue to be cautious, think of others and not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 9,298 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 75,795 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 75,795 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

226

9

Allegany

7

0

Broome

38

3

Cattaraugus

6

0

Cayuga

3

0

Chautauqua

6

1

Chemung

20

5

Chenango

19

2

Clinton

21

4

Columbia

30

4

Cortland

8

0

Delaware

16

5

Dutchess

484

92

Erie

438

62

Essex

4

0

Franklin

9

3

Fulton

1

0

Genesee

10

1

Greene

16

6

Hamilton

2

0

Herkimer

12

0

Jefferson

12

1

Lewis

2

0

Livingston

13

1

Madison

41

7

Monroe

292

50

Montgomery

7

1

Nassau

8,544

1,200

Niagara

42

1

NYC

43,139

5,686

Oneida

40

6

Onondaga

194

14

Ontario

22

2

Orange

1,556

121

Orleans

6

2

Oswego

15

1

Otsego

18

1

Putnam

186

19

Rensselaer

41

1

Rockland

2,863

352

Saratoga

108

3

Schenectady

85

5

Schoharie

6

0

Schuyler

2

0

Seneca

2

2

St. Lawrence

30

17

Steuben

24

5

Suffolk

6,713

922

Sullivan

109

8

Tioga

7

3

Tompkins

66

0

Ulster

211

21

Warren

18

0

Washington

10

3

Wayne

19

4

Westchester

9,967

641

Wyoming

9

1

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“Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces New Hospital Network Central Coordinating Team.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 31 Mar. 2020, www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-new-hospital-network-central.

 

WARREN COUNTY HAS A TASTE OF OPTIMISM FOR OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS!

Take time for takeout!

The Warren County Board of Supervisors has launched an effort to promote the local restaurants that are working to keep everyone fed and their staffs employed as we wait out the COVID-19 outbreak by staying safe at home.

Our Warren County Tourism Department, with the assistance of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, has put together an exhaustive list of all of the region’s eateries that remain open (believe us, it was not easy!)

It includes everything from burgers and pizza-and-wings to some rather refined cuisine in Warren County and adjacent communities.

Local institutions such as The Bullpen in Glens Falls, The Log Jam in Queensbury, The Garrison in Lake George and George Henry’s in Warrensburg are ready to cook you a hot meal tonight to enjoy at home.

While state social distancing rules have closed dining rooms around the state and country, nearly 90 restaurants and stores remain open around Warren County to provide meals for those who are hard at work, or a nice change-of-pace from the humdrum days of staying safe at home.

They have changed practices to ensure safe cooking, delivery and pickup.

The Board of Supervisors would love to see government workers, including our fine county workers in particular, support your favorite eateries to keep them going and the economy churning as best we can.

We ask that you share your visit on social media if possible, including social media tagging of the restaurant(s) you visit and the hashtag #TakeTimeForTakeout, to show your friends and neighbors which of our great eateries are open for business!

The full list can be found on the Warren County Tourism Department’s website.

Enjoy!

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COVID-19: 3.30

Warren County

March 30, 2020

Warren County Public Health Services has confirmed 2 (two) additional positive cases via testing as of Monday, March 30. That's 19 positive Warren County residents cumulatively since the first case was confirmed.

Public Health Services has identified and quarantined all exposures.

Of the 19 cumulative cases, we are pleased to report we have had 9 (nine) full recoveries.

Warren County Public Health Director Ginelle Jones said those who have been quarantined have been receptive to the directives from Public Health personnel, and her staff has been appreciative of that.

"Every family has been incredibly cooperative," she said.

Warren County COVID-19 Statistics

Also:

*Warren County residents are asked to remain vigilant about staying home, washing hands and using hand sanitizer when you do have to go to stores or any other public places that remain open.

We are finding that cooperation with the request to stay home and avoid groups has not been met with the support that we hoped, and ask that the public please not underestimate the gravity of this health emergency.

If you want to go outside, recreate alone or with your household members only. Go to the grocery store or other businesses that remain open by yourself, stay only as long as needed andmake sure to wash your hands afterward.

*We are also continuing to request that seasonal homeowners in Warren County who have come to the county in recent days contact Warren County Public Health Services to discuss local protocols and assistance that is available. Also, contractors who assist seasonal homeowners in re-opening their properties are aked to pass this message to their clients. Health Services can be reached at 518-761-6580.

For up-to-date Warren County COVID news, go to www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/ and click on the "news" tab. A link is also available on that page to subscribe to COVID updates from county leaders.

We also have information below from Warren County Social Services Commissioner Chris Hanchett about changes to public assistance deadlines in light of the COVID outbreak:

Public assistance deadlines extended for families in need

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is automatically extending certain public assistance recertifications scheduled to expire in March, April and May for a period of three months. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented some households from submitting recertification forms in a timely manner.

The temporary changes affect Temporary Assistance (TA) including Medicaid (MA) on a TA case, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

For the certification periods ending on 3/31/20, 4/30/20 and 5/31/20, a three-month extension of SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits has been approved for cases throughout the state.

For March Recertifications: Only cases whose certification periods were scheduled to end in March 2020 and were NOT processed for recertification have been extended.

If your recertification was processed and the district determined your case to be no longer eligible for SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits due to excess income, failure to provide required documentation or another reason, your household was not eligible for an extension. Those cases eligible for the extension will automatically be authorized for three additional months of SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP benefits, allowing time for a recertification determination to be made.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by March 31, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by June 30, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by April 30, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by July 31, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by May 31, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by August 31, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

If your case was scheduled to recertify by May 31, 2020, and did not get processed, your case must now be recertified by August 31, 2020. Your benefits WILL END if you do not recertify.

Anyone with questions was asked to call Warren County Department of Social Services at 518-761-6300

From <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/news.php>

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Johnsburg

 

To second homeowners and rental property owners -

As we are all part of the state of New York, please know that we are sympathetic to the toll the rapid spread of COVID-19 is taking on the people of counties downstate. Your pain and loss is ours as well.

It seems odd to have to say this as you are a vital part of our community, yet we wish to be clear. To those of you who are planning to seek refuge in your second homes in Johnsburg, you are welcome just in case you have any doubts. With your arrival, there are several important things you must know. As the unfolding of COVID-19 is so rapid, guidance is fluid and frequently updated, so it is imperative that you follow the steps below.

Here is how to plan for and execute a safe re-entry here:

Bring all the food and supplies you will need for two weeks.

Plan to sequester yourselves in your home for two weeks.

Contact the Warren County Public Health Department for guidance on what to do/not do based on the current circumstances.

When your sequestration period is over, adhere to the restrictions placed on all New Yorkers at that time: Currently, it is to shop solo, don't visit, don't congregate.
Respect social distancing recommendations.

Here are items we are asking you NOT to do:

Do not visit convenience or grocery stores until after your two-week period and ONLY if you are symptom-free.

If you own a property in Johnsburg that you rent out, please block out the next few weeks and don’t rent. We know this is asking a lot; we take the loss of income seriously.

What to do if you are already here, and not prepared for the two weeks of isolation:
Call a friend to shop for you
Call Town Hall, we'll help you.

You are our neighbors, our family, and part of our community. We are asking every single citizen of Johnsburg to do our part to slow the spread of coronavirus. Facing our collective challenges with calm, courage, and compassion will ensure that together we will prevail.

We are here for you if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank you,
The Town Board
Town of Johnsburg, NY

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COVID-19: 3.28

Warren County

Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus - was detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. Please note while there are thousands of cases globally as well as an increasing number of cases in New York State. As of 3-22-2020, Warren County receive our second confirmed case. At this time for both cases, we believe the exposure risk for individuals outside of immediate close proximity to be low. Through an interview process with the confirmed case, we will reach out to individuals we feel could be at an increased risk. If there are any questions, please direct them to our office at (518) 761-6580 and we will be happy to answer them. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough) and may have traveled to areas of concern (areas of concern can be found here") or have been in close contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person. The information you provide to a care provider prior to showing up in person should include, where you have traveled or where the individual you have been in close proximity with has traveled and what symptoms you are experiencing. It is crucial to contain possible spread by calling ahead for protocol, this includes, calling the hospital prior to showing up at the emergency room (if necessary), letting emergency service operators know about concern prior to an ambulance being dispatched (if necessary). As with any illness, there are certain practices we each can follow to protect ourselves from the spread of illness, this includes; Social Distancing - this means distancing yourself while you are sick from individuals, or also distancing yourself from individuals who are sick. This includes items such as staying home from work or school while ill. Proper hand washing - hand washing is crucial in helping stop the spread of many illnesses. Hands should be washed often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering all surfaces of your hands (and in-between your fingers) and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Respiratory Etiquette - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues immediately in a lined trash can and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As with any new illness, information is constantly changing - for the most up to date information please regularly check the CDC's Novel Coronavirus webpage or the NYSDOH Novel Coronavirus WebpageFrom <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

From <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

March 28, 2020 Warren County Public Health Services has confirmed two additional positive cases in Warren County. That brings us to 10 positive Warren County residents cumulatively since the disease was first detected locally. Health Services has identified and quarantined those with exposure to the new cases. County health officials have collectively settled on two metrics that we will be using going forward to update the public: The number of verified positive cases and number of recoveries. So far in Warren County, three of 10 are fully recovered, and the others are getting medical attention as needed. Positive tests and recoveries are the only unambiguous and unimpeachable metrics local health departments can use to safely draw conclusions, Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore said. Business Closure and Congregation Enforcement Update Warren County supervisors and Administrator Ryan Moore have been working with the Governor's Office in recent days to get clarification about which businesses can remain open. Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order Friday night outlining a solution: Failure to abide by prior orders on business closures and social distancing will be considered a building code violation. Code enforcement officials and fire marshals will be authorized to issue appearance tickets, notices of violation, orders to remedy, and even "do not occupy" orders to businesses found in violation. Police officers are also authorized to remove people from businesses found in violation or take action against congregations. Moore said the language of the executive order has been provided to Warren County Buildings and Codes, Emergency Services, Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office. They will work out execution of this order in Warren County if violations are found. County Public Health Services continues to request that seasonal homeowners who came to the county in recent days self-quarantine for 14 days and contact the agency at 518-761-6580 to go over resources for assistance and local protocols. To stay informed on Warren County COVID updates, go to www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/ A signup option for a Warren County COVID email newsletter is available on that website. Updates are also available at Warren County's new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510From <https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/>

 

Shop solo! We know it’s hard to be cooped up inside these days, and a trip to the grocery store seems like a vacation where the whole family wants to tag along. But please don’t take everyone! Shop alone, or with one helper if you need some assistance.

6 feet. Why is social distancing so important right now? It is crucial because by increasing physical space between individuals, we can also avoid the spread of illness. SHOP SOLO. We know many families want to get out of the house, even if that means a trip to the grocery store, but the larger families shop together, the less we are social distancing and the more we are putting people at risk. So please, consider shopping SOLO. If you need someone to help you with shopping, please consider only bringing one other person with you. Practing solo shopping helps us protect our community members at increased risk. Please, shop, solo!From <https://www.facebook.com/113824060252510/photos/a.114440873524162/116136166687966/?type=3&theater>

 

Here is the latest COVID update from Warren County Board of Supervisors, county Administrator Ryan Moore and county Public Health Services.

Warren County Virus Update

Warren County Public Health Services has confirmed two additional positive cases in Warren County. That brings us to 10 positive Warren County residents cumulatively since the disease was first detected locally. Health Services has identified and quarantined those with exposure to the new cases.

County health officials have collectively settled on two metrics that we will be using going forward to update the public: The number of verified positive cases and number of recoveries.

So far in Warren County, three of 10 are fully recovered, and the others are getting medical attention as needed.

Positive tests and recoveries are the only unambiguous and unimpeachable metrics local health departments can use to safely draw conclusions, Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore said.

Business Closure and Congregation Enforcement Update

Warren County supervisors and Administrator Ryan Moore have been working with the Governor’s Office in recent days to get clarification about which businesses can remain open.

Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order Friday night outlining a solution: Failure to abide by prior orders on business closures and social distancing will be considered a building code violation.

Code enforcement officials and fire marshals will be authorized to issue appearance tickets, notices of violation, orders to remedy, and even “do not occupy” orders to businesses found in violation.

Police officers are also authorized to remove people from businesses found in violation or take action against congregations.

Moore said the language of the executive order has been provided to Warren County Buildings and Codes, Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office. They will work out execution of this order in Warren County if violations are found.

County Public Health Services continues to request that seasonal homeowners who came to the county in recent days self-quarantine for 14 days and contact the agency at 518-761-6580 to go over resources for assistance and local protocols.

To stay informed on Warren County COVID updates, go to www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/.

A signup option for a Warren County COVID email newsletter is available on that website.

Updates are also available at Warren County’s new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510

From <https://www.facebook.com/Warren-County-New-York-113824060252510/?

 

Thank you to Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery and High Peaks Distilling for helping out with much-needed hand sanitizer! Warren County supervisors were told earlier this week that local fire departments will benefit from these donations!

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Town of Johnsburg

NY State

Holding a briefing with updates on #Coronavirus. WATCH LIVE: Closed captioning and ASL interpretation is available at https://www.ny.govFrom <https://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo/>

In no hospital in New York will a woman be forced to be alone when she gives birth.From <https://www.facebook.com/GovernorAndrewCuomo/>

 

By executive order, Governor Cuomo is moving the presidential primary election from April 28 to June 23rd.From <https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/latest-news>

 

What You Need to Know

  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • The presidential primary election will move from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.
  • Governor Cuomo issued an executive order to enable the tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to be pushed back to July 15. The Federal government took similar action earlier this month.
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks until April 15.
  • The State Department of Health Wadsworth Lab is working in partnership with other labs to evaluate antibody testing that is designed to help very sick COVID-19 patients. 
  • Three new sites have been identified to serve as a place for emergency beds – South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County – adding 695 more beds.
  • The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals – the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx – adding an additional 4,000 beds.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • More than 10,000 professional Mental Health Volunteers have signed up to provide free online mental health services.
  • 62,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
  • All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice as part of New York State on PAUSE. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

From <https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home>