February 27, 2020- Westchester County News Release

Contact: Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director

Office - (914) 995-2932

Cell- (914) 954 -5579

CCioffi@westchestergov.com

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

8 WESTCHESTER COUNTY RESIDENTS QUARANTINED

WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER RECIVES FLU SHOT AND ENCOURAGES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

Link to full news conference

https://youtu.be/YWR2UQYbtmc

PEOPLE IN QUARANTINE

  • Westchester has travelers coming back to the county from areas of the world where COVID-19 cases have occurred

  • The Westchester County Health Department is currently monitoring 8 individuals

  • These people are all quarantined – this is a voluntary quarantine in their homes.

    • Isolation is when you are sick

    • Quarantine is when you are exposed to illness

  • Westchester County Health Department is following CDC and New York State Department of Health protocols.

  • The County Health Department is making sure these people have all support services needed during the time of quarantine

AS OF RIGHT NOW – STEPS TAKEN

  • With Coronavirus spreading globally, the CDC has issued travel health notices.  To date, Westchester County residents should avoid nonessential travel to both China and now South Korea given the number of cases in these countries.

  • Older residents and those with chronic medical conditions should consider also avoiding travel to Iran, Japan and Italy.

  • Before making travel plans, residents should visit the CDC website as information is continuously being updated.

WHAT IS THE COUNTY DOING TO PREPARE AND KEEP RESIDENTS SAFE:

  • County Departments, including the Departments of Health and Emergency Services continue to participate in state and federal briefings to receive situational updates and information on the latest guidance for health care personnel and for monitoring persons potentially exposed.

  • The County is in communication with our local hospitals and other health care providers to monitor their supply of personal protective equipment and the County stands ready to assist facilities that need help with obtaining supplies.

  • The County is reviewing its emergency response plans and is prepared to implement strategies, should the need arise, that would help lessen exposure to residents

  • The County Department of Health continues to follow state and federal guidance on monitoring of persons who may have been exposed.  At this time, federal and state authorities are not requiring persons returning from South Korea to be placed under quarantine orders or to be restricted from attending school or work.

  • The County continues to send updates to medical providers and first responders as new information is obtained.

  • The Health Department has a coronavirus webpage and the NYS Department of Health continues to staff a coronavirus hotline.

  • Westchester is a wonderful tapestry of people from many different backgrounds, religions and languages.  Events like this one can cause stress and anxiety which can lead to biases against those of specific ethnicities or countries of origin.  Please remember that we are all co-workers, neighbors, schoolmates, fellow community members, and be kind to one another.

February 26, 2020- Westchester County News Release

Contact: Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director

Office - (914) 995-2932

Cell- (914) 954 -5579

CCioffi@westchestergov.com

WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER, HEALTH COMMISSIONER SHERLITA AMLER, M.D., EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMISSIONER JOHN CULLEN & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER THOMAS GLEASON HOLD BRIEFING ON COUNTY’S PROACTIVE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS EFFORTS

COUNTY EXECUTIVE LATIMER TO RECEIVE FLU SHOT AS OFFICIALS OUTLINE WHAT PRECAUTIONARY STEPS CAN BE TAKEN AT HOME

Wednesday, February 26, 2p.m.

Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

County Executive Latimer and the County’s Departments of Health, Emergency Services and Public Safety hold a press briefing on the steps the County is taking to prepare for any situations involving Novel Coronavirus care. Additionally, County Executive Latimer will receive his flu shot and health officials will provide other precautionary steps that can be taken.

February 20, 2020- Westchester County News Release

VIDEO: WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER, HEALTH COMMISSIONER SHERLITA AMLER, M.D., EMERGENCY SERVICES COMMISSIONER JOHN CULLEN & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER THOMAS GLEASON TO OUTLINE COUNTY’S PROACTIVE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS EFFORTS

Watch full press conference HERE.

Fast facts regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

  • Westchester has travelers coming back to the county from areas of the world where COVID-19 cases have occurred

  • The Westchester County Health Department is currently monitoring is 26 individuals

  • These people are all quarantined – this is a voluntary quarantine most are in their homes

    • Isolation is when you are sick

    • Quarantine is when you are exposed to illness

  • *THERE IS NO REASON TO BE ALARMED* THERE NO THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY*

  • Westchester County Health Department is following CDC and New York State Department of Health protocol

  • The Westchester County Health Department, with County Emergency Services, and County Public Safety are assisting ALL of these people

  • The County Health Department is making sure these people have food and medication – whatever they need during the time of quarantine

  • Health has the ability to video conference with all of them – using smart phones

  • Health is in constant communication with these people – they can call the Department of Health at any time

  • Should they become ill or need to be transported Public Safety and Emergency Services would oversee that and make sure the right equipment is being used

    • The Department of Emergency Services has sent correspondence to all of our Fire and EMS agencies with the latest guidance from the NYS Health Department and CDC on response to potential novel coronavirus patients. 

      • Local first response agencies provide training and personal protective equipment to their own personnel.  

      • The Department of Emergency Services stands ready to provide any supplemental training, supplies and guidance as may be needed to support preparations in partnership with the County Health Department.   

      • A professional EMS has been contracted for backup – if needed

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAY SAFE:

  • Do what you would do to protect yourself from the flu

  • Wash hands – stay away from sick people who are coughing or sneezing

  • Clean with bleach – no green products

  • Cover your mouth when you couch or sneeze

  • The US Government is telling people not to go to China

  • Get your flu shot