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Westchester County Executive George Latimer and County Officials Give Coronavirus Update - February 26, 2020
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.
WHAT CAN YOU/RESIDENTS DO
Stay informed, calm and don’t be alarmed
Wash hands -at least 20 seconds with soap and water
Stay home when sick
Cover your mouth when cough or sneeze - elbow or tissue
Clean with non-green products (i.e. bleach-based)
Get your flu shot