April 8, 2020- update from town supervisor linda puglisi

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 220 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and this number does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials. Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading. Thank you.

April 7, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 208 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and this number does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials. Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading. Thank you.

6, 2020- UPDATE FROM TOWN SUPERVISOR LINDA PUGLISI

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 188 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and this number does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson.  This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials. Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading. Thank you.

ApRil 5, 2020- Update from Supervisor Linda Puglisi

Lowering of the American Flag:

The Town of Cortlandt has lowered all of the American flags at all town owned facilities in accordance with the announcement made by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.  The flags have been lowered to honor the lives of the Westchester County residents who have passed away due to the coronavirus.  We mourn with their families and we hold them in our thoughts and prayers.

April 4, 2020- A Message from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi

Today I am checking in to ask if you and your family are OK as we are all going through this very difficult period due to the serious virus issues. We are fortunate to live in a community where everyone comes together to help each other during these challenging times. Our town has one voice and one goal to survive this crisis which is disrupting our lives and we will. We are apart and practicing social distancing now so we can come together again soon when the crisis ends. Please once again I urge you all to listen to the messages to stay home, stay safe which will help to save lives. And go to our Town’s website for very important messages including activities online for our children and seniors. Our Town Board and I are in constant communication working on ways to assist and to protect you. We are blessed to have our friends, neighbors, community, healthcare workers and all of our service providers and of course our families. We will come out of these gray clouds into a clear blue sky and together we will heal. I close again with I love Cortlandt and I love all of you. Stay safe thank you.

April 4, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 172 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and this number does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson.  This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials. Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading. Thank you.

April 4, 2020- Town board meeting notice

ZOOM Town Board Work Session - April 6, 2020

7:00pm 

Please be advised that the  Supervisor and Town Board will be holding a Zoom Work Session on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:00pm. To listen, please use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/654414773 or dial-in information: 1 646 558 8656, Webinar ID:  654 414 773.  Westchester County Executive George Latimer will be joining the Town Board at 7PM for a discussion and Q&A with the Town Board.  The public is welcome to view or listen in to the meeting.  Thank you.

APRIL 3, 2020- CODERED MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR, LINDA PUGLISI

CLICK HERE for the CodeRed Audio message from April 3, 2020.

April 2, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 182 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and this time it also includes the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. We do not know the breakdown for each municipality.  This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.

April 1, 2020- important Information from the town of cortlandt

Please note that the official Town of Cortlandt notifications are only done via the Town website, the Town Facebook page, the Town Instagram account and through Town CodeRed phone call messages.  Please visit these sites for official notifications.  We have heard reports from the media and others that they have received text messages and spam information throughout the tri-state area. In this time of uncertainty, we ask our residents to be cautious and to check the official town sources. Thank you and be safe.

April 1, 2020- Pandemic Unemployment Information

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Flowchart

April 1, 2020- Town of Cortlandt School Districts Community Outreach

Lakeland Central School District Families: The district will be providing meals (cold breakfast & lunch) to needy families. Pick-up service will be Monday – Friday 11 AM – 1 PM at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Cars should pull up in front of the main entrance where they will receive instructions from a district employee. Parents please register for this meal pickup service so they can adequately supply the meals necessary to meet the needs of their community. Go to the following link to register: https://forms.gle/5nCycKXnZZhRNfU78. Be sure to call 914-260-9383 before meal pick up to notify staff of any food allergies. 

Hendrick-Hudson School District Families: The school district is currently providing breakfast and lunch for ANY child in the district who needs it. Monday - Friday between 10 AM - 1 PM you can drive up to the back of the high school (where there is a glass door) to pick up these pre-made bags. If you cannot get to the high school and your child is in need of this service, please email Katherine at katherines@townofcortlandt.com. Katherine will help you to arrange delivery to ensure your child's needs are met. 

Croton Harmon School District Families: The district will be providing grab-and-go lunch meals to their free and reduced eligible children during the school closure. Monday – Friday student meals will be distributed from the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School’s main entrance. Entry to the building will be through the main doors closest to the ramp and Welcome Center. The rest of the building will not be accessible. Should you have any questions, please contact your building principal or Tracey Borges at Tracey.Borges@chufsd.org.

March 31, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 99 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  

The Town Board and I continue to monitor the situation and we are in constant communication addressing these very serious issues as well conducting town business.  Please visit our website for updates and follows us on Facebook. If you have not registered for Code Red messages please go onto the Town website to register so you can receive important information.  Thank you.

March 30, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 85 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.

March 29, 2020- Update from Supervisor Linda Puglisi

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 80 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive additional reports from Westchester County officials. 
 
Governor Cuomo announced that the PAUSE directive in New York State will continue to be in place until April 15th.  In the Town Government this means that the Town Hall will continue to be closed to the public, non essential staff will continue to work remotely and essential services will be provided to town residents.  Sanitation pick ups and some highway tasks will continue to be performed.  The extension of the PAUSE is to stop the spread of COVID-19.  We ask that you follow the recommendations made by the Governor and the CDC.  Check the website for updates.  Please stay home and stay safe. Thank you for your cooperation. 

March 28, 2020- A Message from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi

As you know we are on a very difficult time with this coronavirus but we will get through it together. The Town Board and I have had to make some tough decisions recently, all with one goal to stop the virus spread and to protect our residents. Our town as of today has 48 positive virus cases and we wish them a speedy recovery. We need to do our part to help therefore I ask you to please listen to the stay at home policy set by the State and the Governor. Also check the town’s website, it’s so important to stop the spread so that we can once again go back to the way of life we all cherish.  We have such a great town with wonderful people who help each other every day. Once we get through this and we will, we will then heal together. I love Cortlandt and all of you please stay safe thank you.

March 28, 2020- The Town of Cortlandt Gives Thanks

Our town is grateful for all of our health care professionals, first responders and the many volunteers who dedicate their lives to care for us and our families.  We also thank the doctors, nurses, aides and staff who help us especially during these difficult times.  We also appreciate our EMTs, Paramedics, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Ambulance Corps and all of the emergency service workers. Our community is so fortunate to have them taking care of us when we are in need. We are blessed to have a great hospital, The NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.  We appreciate the many hours that all of them spend taking care of us and our loved ones.  We recognize that all of the work and time they spend is time that they are away from their families and loved ones.  We thank them all so very much.  Together we will HEAL and together we will be stronger. 

Supervisor Linda Puglisi &

Members of the Town Board:

Richard H. Becker

Debra A. Costello

James F. Creighton

Francis X.Farrell

March 27, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 48 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.

March 27, 2020- DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH OFFERS SUPPORT TO RESIDENTS OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO HELP THEM COPE WITH THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Catherine Cioffi
Communications Director
Office - (914) 995-2932
Cell- (914) 954 -5579
 
Mental Health Information, Referral and Support Services to be provided via various forms of Communication
 
(White Plains, NY) – On March 26, Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Community Mental Health Commissioner Michael Orth hosted a Facebook LIVE on mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
 
The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH), together with its partner agencies, is offering guidance and support to Westchester County’s residents as they cope with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  It is projected that the health crisis precipitated by COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mental health of the citizens of Westchester. People may experience stress, fear, grief, depression and anxiety. DCMH has implemented educational and supportive services through various forms of communication, including a dedicated telephone resource line, social media, taped video recordings, chat lines, printed materials and linkage to counseling.
 
“It is important that we practice emotional wellness and take care of our mental health during such stressful times,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Through the efforts of Community Mental Health and our partners we are offering many different resources and services to support our residents,” he added.
 
DCMH will partner with different organizations and private clinicians to provide the following supports:
  • DCMH Information, Support and Referral line at (914) 995-1900 8a.m. to 8p.m./text #914-461-7281. Access to counseling and other supportive services through provider network and pro bono clinicians.
  • St. Vincent’s Crisis Prevention and Response Team Services (914) 925-5959.
  • On-going educational and supportive services on such topics as coping, addressing anxiety, parenting through this difficult time, and mindfulness exercises through various tele-communication.
An example of such support is “Parenting Through the Storm: One Breath at a Time.”  In the blink of an eye, parenting has become much more complicated and confusing.  Westchester Jewish Community Services is offering free weekly live streamed parenting groups, led by WJCS professionals in partnership with the Department of Community Mental Health.  The groups will be offered each Wednesday, starting April 1st, at 11 a.m. to explore various topics and challenges relating to how to cope with the “here and now.”  To join the live streamed parenting group on Wednesday April 1st, please click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/830644997. The meeting ID is: 830 644 997.  Videos of the parenting groups will be made available for those who cannot attend during the lives sessions.
 
“In these challenging times we must support each other. While we may not be able to come together in the traditional way, WJCS is proud to join with Westchester County Executive George Latimer in bringing us together virtually to helping parents navigate the unique challenges we face today," said WJCS CEO Seth Diamond. "I want to thank the County Executive for his leadership.  WJCS looks forward to presenting these sessions to the
Westchester community.”
 
Michael Orth, Commissioner Department of Community Mental Health added, “We appreciate the overwhelming support from our organizations, non-profit agencies, and private clinicians during this time of need. We encourage our residents to check out the Westchester County website or call us directly (914) 995-1900/text (914) 461-7281 for a list of resources, services and referrals.”

March 27, 2020- Charles J. Cook Pool Bathhouse Update

Due to the global pandemic known as COVID-19 and the incredible amount of uncertainty associated with this virus, the construction of the Charles J. Cook Pool Bath House has been slowed.   After a temporary pause to evaluate on how best to proceed, the Town and its Contractors have decided to continue construction at a reduced level.  It is the goal of the Town to resume work in its entirety once the State rescinds the P.A.U.S.E. Executive Order.  The situation is extremely fluid and recommendations by the Federal and State offices are ever evolving.  The health and safety of the Town’s and Contractor’s staff is of the utmost importance.  We will continue our best to hit the target deadline.  The Town is appreciative of your understanding in this matter.  Updates will be posted on the Town's website WWW.TOWNOFCORTLANDT.COM (search bathhouse).  Please stay safe and healthy during this time.

March 27, 2020- TOWN BOARD WORK SHOP CONFERENCE CALL, 3/30/2020

For more information contact:

Linda D. Puglisi, Supervisor

Town of Cortlandt

(914) 734-1002    Fax: (914) 734-1003

Please be advised that the Town Board will be holding a work shop – conference call on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00PM.  The purpose of the conference call is to discuss the Coronavirus response. 

March 26, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 37 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  The number is for unincorporated Cortlandt and does not include the Villages of Buchanan and Croton-on-Hudson. This information will be updated once we receive reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.

March 26, 2020- Press Notice - COVID-19 Message from the Town of Cortlandt

All town playgrounds and basketball courts are now closed until further notice.  In order to stop the spread of the coronavirus we are closing areas where many individuals congregate.  While our parks and trails remain open we are asking all residents to observe the 6 feet social distancing recommendation at all times.  Please stay safe and thank you as always for your cooperation.  Let's keep our neighbors and community safe.  

March 25, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

Today we received further information from Westchester County that the Town of Cortlandt has 31 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  This information will be updated once we receive reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.

March 25, 2020- Town Board Work Shop Conference Call, 3/26/2020

Please be advised that the  Supervisor and Town Board will be holding a work shop – conference call on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 3:30pm.  The purpose of the conference call is to discuss the Coronavirus response.  

March 25, 2020- Mental Health

Mental Health is just as important as physical health.

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo commended the thousands of mental health professionals in New York State who stepped up as volunteers to address people's mental health needs related to coronavirus.

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

March 23, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

As a follow up to the update posted on March 22, 2020, we received information today that Westchester County has announced that the Town of Cortlandt has 25 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.  This information will be updated once we receive reports from Westchester County officials.  Please abide by the Governor's guidelines to stay home and stay safe in order to prevent this virus from spreading.  Thank you.  

March 22, 2020- Update from Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi 

The Town Board and I are continuing to monitor the current health crisis in our Country, State, Region and Community. The town is operating and essential services will continue with the modified sanitation/recycling pick up. Please visit our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information. We continue to urge everyone to remain at home unless absolutely necessary. 

I’m in constant communication with State, County, Town officials and service providers.  We expect to receive information this week from Westchester County regarding positive cases of COVID-19 in our Town.  We will provide you with this information upon approval from Westchester County officials.  You will receive code red notifications periodically with important information. Please stay healthy, stay safe and thank you as always for your cooperation.

Town of Cortlandt Cancellations and Closures

Please visit www.townofcortlandt.com and subscribe to the emailing lists to be updated on cancellations and closures.  

Hotline Phone Numbers:

  • People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case: (866) 588-0195

  • NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: (888) 364-3065

  • Westchester County COVID-19 Information: 211

  • A toll-free hotline has been launched for consumers to report instances of price gouging in relation to items such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. The number to call is 1-800-697-1220. Complaints can also be filed online by clicking here.

What You Need to Know  (New York State Dept. of Health)

  • 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services. 

  • New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.

  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.

  • 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.

  • The Army Corps of Engineers will begin construction on four temporary hospital sites in New York State in an effort to address imminent capacity issues - the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and locations at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury and the Westchester Convention Center.

  • FEMA will erect four additional federal hospital facilities within the Javits Center. Each of the four federal hospitals will have 250 beds and come fully equipped and fully staffed by the federal government.

  • Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems 

    • Remain indoors

    • Can go outside for solitary exercise

    • Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature

    • Wear a mask in the company of others

    • Stay at least 6 feet from others

    • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary

  • All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.

  • Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. 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.

Below is the information received from New York State regarding testing and quarantine/isolation protocols. The testing and quarantine/isolation protocols are also available in Spanish.

Testing will occur if:

  • An individual has come within proximate contact (same classroom, office, or gatherings) of another person known to be positive; or

  • An individual has traveled to a country that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice, and shows symptoms of illness; or

  • An individual is quarantined (mandatory or precautionary) and has shown symptoms of COVID-19 illness; or

  • An individual is symptomatic and has not tested positive for any other infection; or

  • Other cases where the facts and circumstances warrant as determined by the treating clinician in consultation with state and local department of health officials.

Quarantine is mandated for:

  • An individual who has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive, but is not not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or

  • An individual who has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Isolation is mandated for:

  • An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19.

Contact Information

Supervisor Linda Puglisi (914) 734-1002/ Lindap@townofcortlandt.com

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March 22, 2020- temporary Sanitation schedule, UPDATED

(UPDATED 3/22/2020- Due to resident feedback, we have revised the wording of the below information; scheduling has not changed)

Due to the Covid-19 reductions in staff we will be modifying our sanitation division pickup schedules.

Your pickup day for garbage will be based on your current bulk pickup Route number. (Please CLICK HERE for the Town of Cortlandt Bulk Route Schedule.)

  • If you are Bulk Route 1, your garbage will be pickup on Monday.

  • If you are in Bulk Route 2, your garbage will be picked up Tuesday.

  • If you are in Bulk Route 3, your garbage will be picked up Wednesday.

*Please note only garbage will be picked up NOT bulk items – bulk routes are used for scheduling purposes only!

Your paper will be picked up Thursday and Friday this coming week.  Please put paper out this Thursday March 26th and it will be picked up before the end of business on Friday March 27th. 

Your comingle will be picked up Thursday and Friday of the following week.  Please put comingle out on Thursday April 2nd and it will be picked up before the end of business on Friday April 3rd. 

The following pickups will be “cancelled”: 

  • Organics for March 27 and April 24.
  • Bulk Pickups.
  • Special pickups for the next two weeks.

This schedule will continue for the next 4 weeks. If there are any changes or updates to our plan you will be notified with updated information. Office staff will be available from 7:00am Monday through Friday to answer any questions you may have.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!

The Town of Cortlandt thanks you for your cooperation.

March 17, 2020- TOWN OF CORTLANDT UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 

  1. The Town of Cortlandt has been working with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services to plan and prepare for the COVID-19/Coronavirus here in our community. I have declared a State of Emergency in Cortlandt starting effective 3/13/20.
  2. All in person public Town Board, Planning Board, ZBA meetings as well as council and committee meetings will be cancelled immediately for the month of March until further notice.  The Town is continuing to operate under the emergency declaration, and Town Board meetings will be held as needed in the interim with arrangements for teleconferencing/ videoconferencing or webcasting as available.  
  3. All programs at the Community Center, which includes the Senior Center activities will be closed and the Youth Center, as well.
  4. All town offices within the Town will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  We are doing this to protect our Town Staff who will be at work, performing necessary/essential functions. We ask all residents to phone or email staff rather than come to Town Hall. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If you must bring paperwork to the Town please call the applicable department and they will provide you with information on how to send in the paperwork.  Please be advised that sanitation collection and other operating functions will continue.  In addition, Governor Cuomo has directed all local governments to reduce staff reporting by 50%. The Supervisor and Town Board will be announcing a plan that will include essential staff reporting to Town Hall and will continue to conduct the business of Town government during this time period.
  5. All payments can be made online. Town Government will be operating but will not have visitors to our offices. If you need assistance please contact the office you need for assistance.
  6. All Town of Cortlandt Recreation programs are suspended for a period of 30 days. If you are currently registered and enrolled in a Town of Cortlandt Recreation program, you will receive a pro-rated refund or account credit. Registration for spring/summer programs will be accepted online only at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline .
  7. Nutrition and Meals on Wheels will continue to provide home-delivered meals as scheduled to our seniors from our Center. However, all other Senior Programs are cancelled.
  8. The Town is currently identifying all Town employees that can work remotely and will continue to make business continuity a priority.
  9. The Town continues to be in regular communication with the County, as well as neighboring school districts and other agencies. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.
For more information, please visit:
 
Please rest assured that the Town is taking action to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents – all of you are our top concern! We ask all residents to practice social distancing by staying home, if possible. Lastly, we encourage you to be patient, kind, and tolerant towards one another.
 
Thank you for your cooperation. We will get through this together.
Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi

March 17, 2020- Important Information on Coronavirus from Governor cuomo

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I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

During this pandemic, I cannot implore you enough to social distance — which means limiting all in-person social interactions as much as possible. Experts agree that staying apart is critical if we want to reduce the strain on our health care system and slow the spread of this virus to save lives.

To that end, I have taken a number of actions:

  • Schools in NYC, Westchester County and Long Island are closed. Remote learning will take place, and plans are being developed so that children still can get the meals they need and essential workers have access to child care. (Your local school district will have more details.) 
  • We are aggressively urging private businesses to consider closing and having employees work from home 
  • Non-essential state employees, as well as non-essential local government employees, have been directed to work from home. 
  • Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, restaurants and bars statewide will be delivery and takeout ONLY. 
  • Starting at 8pm tonight until further notice, gyms, casinos and movie theaters will all be closed. 
  • Pharmacies, grocery stores, medical facilities and gas stations will remain OPEN. 

We do not take these decisions lightly — they are necessary because of the unprecedented public health crisis we find ourselves in.

Want updates from New York State on Coronavirus? Sign up for more frequent updates here.

How dangerous is this virus?

Eighty percent of people who contract COVID-19 self-resolve — and may not even have symptoms.

The virus presents a larger risk to the elderly, the immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions. We are laser focused on protecting these at-risk populations.

Remember: Even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread Coronavirus. Be a good neighbor and take precautions even if you are young and healthy. Those around you may be at greater risk.

What should you do?

All New Yorkers can take simple steps to prevent the spread of this virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly — for at least 20 seconds 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve 
  • Avoid handshaking 
  • Don't touch your face with unwashed hands 

New Yorkers should also follow our recommendations for social distancing:

  • Stay home, even if you feel well 
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public 
  • Cancel unnecessary travel plans 

New Yorkers can call the Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit this page for further information. 

Sign up for more frequent email updates on Coronavirus here.

I will be transparent with you. The number of confirmed cases in New York State will continue to go up, and the situation will get worse before it gets better.

But I know that New Yorkers are strong and we will get through this.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

March 15, 2020- Update from the Supervisor and members of the Town Board

Sunday March 15, 2020, 7:00 pm.

Supervisor Linda Puglisi has issued a declaration of a state of emergency.  Large gatherings are prohibited and all senior and recreation programs will remain closed until further notice.

As we all work, as a nation, community and individually to slow the spread and severity of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken several steps within the Town that are consistent with established protocols and recommendations. 

All town offices within the Town will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  We are doing this to protect our Town Staff who will be at work, performing necessary functions. We ask all residents to phone or email staff rather than come to Town Hall. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If you must bring paperwork to the Town please call the applicable department and they will provide you with information on how to send in the paperwork.  Please be advised that sanitation collection and other operating functions will continue. 

For more information on the virus, please visit the Town of Cortlandt website. There you will find resources provided by the Westchester County Health Department as well as links to the CDC website.  These pages contain reliable information to guide you and your family going further. For further information please contact the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.

As of today at 6:00pm, there are 729 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in NYS.  Regarding Prevention, while there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. A fun way to judge the time is to sing the happy birthday song, twice.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms. Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our office will continue to coordinate efforts with the Westchester County  Office of the County Executive and the Westchester County Health Department.  As necessary, and will remain in contact with the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office. Once again, I urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can inhibit the spread of Covid-19.  Please check the Town of Cortlandt website www.townofcortlandt.com.

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and thank you for your cooperation. 

March 13, 2020- State of Emergency in the Town of Cortlandt

Due to the Pandemic of the Coronavirus, as of today, Friday, March 13, 2020 I am declaring a State of Emergency in the Town of Cortlandt.  We are following the declaration made by the Governor last week.

Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi 

March 13, 2020- CDC Fact Sheet Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020- Advisory on COVID-19/Coronavirus

  1. Town of Cortlandt has been working with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services to plan and prepare for the COVID-19/Coronavirus here in our community. I have declared a State of Emergency in Cortlandt starting today.
  2. All Town Board, Planning Board, ZBA meetings as well as council and committee meetings will be cancelled immediately.
  3. All programs at the Community Center, which includes the Senior Center activities will be closed and the Youth Center, as well.
  4. Town Hall will be restricted to the public; however, all departments will be staffed and operating. For all routine business, please call Town Hall, do not come in. You can reach us at 914-734-1000 or www.townofcortlandt.com or call the applicable department. 
  5.  All payments can be made online. Town Government will be operating but will not have visitors to our offices. If you need assistance please contact the office you need for assistance.
  6.  All Town of Cortlandt Recreation programs are suspended for a period of 30 days. If you are currently registered and enrolled in a Town of Cortlandt Recreation program, you will receive a pro-rated refund or account credit. Registration for spring/summer programs will be accepted online only at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline .
  7. Nutrition and Meals on Wheels will continue to provide home-delivered meals as scheduled to our seniors from our Center. However, all other Senior Programs are cancelled.
  8. The Town is currently identifying all Town employees that can work remotely and will continue to make business continuity a priority.
  9. The Town continues to be in regular communication with the County, as well as neighboring school districts and other agencies. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please rest assured that the Town is taking action to ensure the health and safety of our residents – all of you are our top concern! We ask all residents to practice social distancing by staying home, if possible. Lastly, we encourage you to be patient, kind, and tolerant towards one another.

Thank you for your cooperation. We will get through this together.

Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi

March 13, 2020- Town of Cortlandt Youth Center Closed

To all Town of Cortlandt Youth Center Parents/ Participants,

Please be advised that all programs scheduled at the Cortlandt Youth & Recreation Center will be cancelled effective tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 until further notice. This includes our drop-off program for 6th - 12th graders, daily and weekly programs, courses held at the YC (Art with Cathy, Cooking with Shari, Broadway All Stars with Robyn, etc.) our Senior Gaming program on Wednesdays, building rentals (Boy/Girl Scouts, Birthday parties), etc.

It is important to note these cancellations are being done out of an abundance of caution based on the guidelines set by the Westchester County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to minimize exposure at this time.

For families in need, please note the Pantry at Mt. Carmel is open tomorrow from 8 AM - 10 AM. Click here for more information.  

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

March 11, 2020- Muriel H. Morabito Community Center Operations

Please be advised that all programs scheduled at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center will be cancelled effective 3/9/2020 through 3/31/2020.  This includes all of the senior clubs and programs.  The only activities that will be available are congregate meals and home delivered programs. The cancellations are being done out of an abundance of caution based on the guidelines set by the Westchester County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to minimize the exposure at this time. Please note- The Town Goverment has not had a confirmed positive in any Town locations. However, we must be preventive and cautious.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

-The Town of Cortlandt

March 11, 2020- NYS Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting for Coronavirus

TOWN OF CORTLANDT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: NYS ISSUES GUIDANCE ON CLEANING AND DISINFECTING AT HOME & IN PUBLIC

We have received further guidance from the offices of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health regarding public facilities and the spread of the coronavirus. Our Town and Westchester County has been sharing important information and guidance to our residents, schools places of worship, libraries and other municipal entities in our area via online reports, etc.

The New York State Department of Health has issued guidance to residents of the State regarding preparedness within your home and for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19.  We encourage each member of the public to read and follow the guidelines provided.  While we should not panic, we should be vigilant to help prevent spread of this virus.  

The website is:  https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/Coronavirus/

Westchester County’s Health Department website for COVID-19 can be found at: https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

As of information provided by New York State today at 11:15 a.m., there are 108 known cases of Covid-19 or Coronavirus in Westchester County and 173 statewide.

Regarding Prevention, while there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or have symptoms. Practice social distancing, or remaining at least 6 feet from others, wherever possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Employers, please cooperate and support employees that are staying home, as it is in the best interest of all not to cross-infect others within the workplace
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have any further questions or concerns, there is a hotline that has been established by New York State. The toll free number is 1-888-364-3065.

The Town will continue to coordinate efforts with the Westchester County Department of Health and, as necessary, the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s office, as well as the County Executive’s Office.

Once again, we urge you to not panic, but to be prepared and responsible, and together we can do our part to assist with the prevention of Covid-19.

-Supervisor and Town Board  

March 9, 2020- Department of Health Message from Commissioner Zucker

March 5, 2020

My Fellow New York Leaders:

I know you are concerned about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the risk this poses to you, your family and your community.

As your State Health Commissioner and a longtime practicing physician, I want to assure you that the risk from this virus to New Yorkers remains low. You likely heard in the media, New York identified the first local cases of COVID-19 on March 1st. Despite this, the risk for contracting the virus is still low in New York State. People most at risk are those who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days or have been in close contact with an international traveler in the same time frame.

The State Health Department is working across the state, with counties, cities, towns, and more, to ensure plans are in place to minimize the spread of the virus. However, it is important to note that spread in the community is expected, but we can be successful by taking small steps to help contain it.
Cold and flu viruses are much more prevalent in New York right now. Your community members are far more likely to contract one of these viruses than COVID-19. You already know the steps to take to stop the spread of all of these viruses. Please remember to advise your residents to:

  • Wash hands with soap and water, and often.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, especially before eating
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • And stay home if they feel sick, or are caring for a sick housemate.

As I’m sure you’ve also heard, many people are asking what they can do to prepare if the virus becomes prevalent in our state.
One thing to do is to remind your residents to gather and update home preparedness kits. This kit would ideally contain a thermometer, decongestants, anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen for fevers.
I also urge all of you to work with the State Health Department to ensure that all New Yorkers act on COVID-19 information only from reliable sources.

The Department of Health has fielded numerous calls from individuals inquiring about the use of face masks. CDC does not recommend the use of face masks or N95 respirators among the general public. We need to preserve the use of masks and other personal protective equipment for health care workers and individuals who may be ill.

Take the important steps included above and stay home when you feel ill, avoid contact people who are ill, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and wash your hands often with soap and water.

I know that medical disinformation and hateful, hurtful rumors are circulating on the internet. New Yorkers can access accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on the Department of Health's website: www.health.ny.gov/coronavirus. New Yorkers can also call the Department of Health’s hotline at 1-888-364-3065. I’d ask that you share this point of information on any of your government websites, social media sites and email lists. Your communities can also find reliable information and updates about the virus on the website and social media platforms of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

In New York State, we stick together when we face a challenge and work together.

Sincerely,
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D. Commissioner of Health

March 9, 2020- Message/Update from Supervisor Linda Puglisi on the Corona Virus

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a New York State of emergency due to the increased number of corona virus patients of which 82 are from Westchester County primarily in the New Rochelle area.

It is now called a pandemic according to various reports and the Town of Cortlandt is remaining vigilant to do everything possible to address this serious situation:

  1. Most public town facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized including the town hall. The others will have the same intense cleaning this week and next weekend.
  2. All employees are required to not come to work if exhibiting any cold, flu, or virus symptoms and to contact their physicians if symptoms continue.
  3. The Governor in a Sunday press conference also recommended that large gatherings be cancelled for precautionary measures. Therefore, we have cancelled our town Senior Clubs and all of their activities, except for nutrition and meals on wheels services until further notice. Also, our large sports award dinners have been cancelled this week once again for precaution. All of our youth athletes will receive their trophies.
  4. All reports from the State, County, etc. regarding this serious virus will be posted on our website. Please read these links for important information.
  5. I am on all conference calls with the County Executive and County Health Department regarding the corona virus and receive important information from them. I also have the capability of asking questions, which I do.
  6. I will continue to give updates and please abide by the guidelines issued by the County Health Department and the CDC in order to protect you and your families.

Thank you,

Supervisor Linda Puglisi

March 9, 2020- Number Of COVID-19 Positive In Westchester Hits 82Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new numbers in a news conference at Northwell Health Imaging at the Center for Advanced Medicine in North New Hyde Park late Sunday morning, March 8.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new numbers in a news conference at Northwell Health Imaging at the Center for Advanced Medicine in North New Hyde Park late Sunday morning, March 8. Photo Credit: Governor's Office

Sixteen additional cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in New York State, with residents testing COVID-19 positive for the first time in Suffolk and Ulster counties.

The number of total cases in the state is now 105, with 82 in Westchester, accounting for 78 percent of those testing positive in the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new numbers in a news conference at Northwell Health Imaging at the Center for Advanced Medicine in North New Hyde Park late Sunday morning, March 8.

At the end of the day Saturday, there were 89 cases in the state, with 70 in Westchester.

The latest, most up-to-date geographic breakdown is as follows:

  • Westchester: 82
  • NYC: 12
  • Nassau: 5
  • Rockland: 2
  • Saratoga: 2
  • Suffolk: 1
  • Ulster: 1

Cuomo named there are steps all New Yorkers can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid handshaking
  • Stay at home if you feel sick

He said private sector companies can help by:

  • Allowing nonessential employees to work from home
  • Offer generous paid sick days
  • Stagger shifts

"We are working to do more testing as quickly as possible to find the people who are infected and help contain the spread of the virus," Cuomo said. "There are going to be more cases because we are testing more people - that's a good thing because then we can deal with the situation based on more facts.

"We know about 80 percent of those infected will self-resolve. The best way to calm anxieties is to demonstrate absolute government competence, and that's exactly what we're doing."

Cuomo announced on Saturday that he declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus.

The state of emergency declaration allows, among other things:

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation

Additionally, Cuomo directed the state's Department of State's Consumer Protection Division to launch an investigation into reports of unfair price increases of consumer products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer and launched a toll-free hotline - 1-800-697-1220 - for New Yorkers to report suspected price gouging.

The Division of Consumer Protection has also created an online consumer complaint form, where New Yorkers can report suspected price gouging or concerns about improper delivery of quantity. Consumers who wish to file a complaint can visit dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection .

All credible complaints will be referred to the New York State Attorney General's office.

At a briefing on Friday, Cuomo announced travel insurance companies and travel agents will offer New York residents and businesses the ability to purchase coverage when making travel plans that would allow them to cancel a trip for any reason, including for reasons related to COVID-19. 

March 6, 2020- Coronavirus Information

Background:
In December 2019, a new respiratory disease called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in China and now spread more globally. COVID-19 is caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2) that is part of a large family of viruses called coronaviruses. Selected travelers and individuals with potential exposure to confirmed COVID-19 cases will be placed under movement restrictions for as long as 14-days. Because facility staff may not be aware which individuals under movement restrictions are asymptomatic or symptomatic, cleaning of areas occupied by an individual under movement restriction should only proceed after consultation with the local health department (LHD).

Cleaning of Areas Where Asymptomatic Individuals are Staying:
If an individual under movement restriction is determined not to have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or trouble breathing (asymptomatic), the LHD should advise the facility to immediately proceed with routine cleaning of the area within a few hours of the LHD verifying the individual is asymptomatic. No special cleaning procedures or additional personal protective equipment beyond what would normally be used during routine cleaning is required.

If it is not feasible for the facility to coordinate the timing of cleaning with the LHD verifying the individual is asymptomatic, the individual should be provided with basic cleaning supplies until the LHD determines facility staff may enter the room for routine cleaning. The individual should also be provided EPA- and DEC*- registered common household disinfectant products labeled to be effective against rhinovirus and/or human coronavirus for use as needed.

If an asymptomatic individual is released at the end of the movement restriction period, routine cleaning should be completed by the facility staff. No special cleaning procedures are required.

If room access by facility staff for a prolonged time is required during the period of movement restriction, such as for maintenance, arrangements should be made for the individual to be transferred to a separate room under the guidance of the LHD to ensure the individual is asymptomatic before and during this transfer period.

Cleaning and Disinfection of Areas Where Symptomatic Individuals are Staying:
If an individual develops symptoms during the movement restriction period, cleaning and disinfection should be completed after they leave the area. Facilities should collaborate closely with the LHD to determine when an area may be entered by facility staff for cleaning and disinfection. If feasible, the area may be left with the door closed after the individual is transferred, and entry should be prohibited while the individual’s symptoms are being investigated and/or laboratory confirmation is pending. Determining if an individual has COVID-19 may take several days. In this situation, if the individual is determined not to have COVID-19, the LHD will instruct the facility that routine cleaning should be performed. If the individual was determined to have COVID-19, the LHD should instruct the facility to proceed with cleaning and disinfection per recommendations below.

Once a symptomatic individual, who is confirmed to have COVID-19, has left the isolation area for at least 4 hours, the LHD may instruct the facility to proceed with cleaning and disinfection of the areas where the patient was present while symptomatic. Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects, while disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects.

  • Perform targeted cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched hard, non-porous surfaces, such as counters, appliance surfaces, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, remote controls, bedside tables, and any other surfaces that are visibly soiled.
    • Step 1: Cleaning: Always clean surfaces prior to use of disinfectants. Dirt and other materials on surfaces can reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants. Clean surfaces using water and soap or detergent to reduce soil and remove germs. For combination products that can both clean and disinfect, always follow the instructions on the specific product label to ensure effective use.
    • Step 2: Disinfection: If EPA- and DEC*-registered products specifically labeled for SARS-CoV-2 are not available, disinfect surfaces using a disinfectant labeled to be effective against rhinovirus and/or human coronavirus. EPA- and DEC*- registered disinfectants specifically labeled as effective against SARS-CoV-2 may become commercially available at a future time and once available, those products should be used for targeted disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
      • Label directions must be followed when using disinfectants to ensure the target viruses are effectively killed. This includes adequate contact times (i.e., the amount of time a disinfectant should remain on surfaces to be effective), which may vary between five and ten minutes after application. Disinfectants that come in a wipe form will also list effective contact times on their label.
      • For disinfectants that come in concentrated forms, it is important to carefully follow instructions for making the diluted concentration needed to effectively kill the target virus. This information can be found on the product label.
    • Staff are reminded to ensure procedures for safe and effective use of all products are followed. Safety instructions are listed on product labels and include the personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves) that should be used.
  • Wash all bedding/linens. Wash and dry with the warmest temperatures recommended on the fabric label and follow detergent label and instructions for use.
  • Facility staff do not need to wear respiratory protection while cleaning. Staff should wear disposable gloves while handling potentially soiled items/bedding and while cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Place all used gloves and other disposable contaminated items in a bag that can be tied closed before disposing of them with other waste. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately after removing gloves or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly soiled.

If an individual has laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 and returns to the isolation area until their complete recovery, they should be provided with basic cleaning supplies to perform routine cleaning of the area as needed while they are symptomatic. They should also be provided EPA- and DEC* registered common household disinfectant products labeled to be effective against rhinovirus and/or human coronavirus for use as needed. Once the individual recovers and is released from the area by the LHD, the LHD will instruct the facility to proceed with cleaning and disinfection of the areas per above guidance.

For questions or more Information please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ or contact your local health department.

March 6, 2020- Corona Virus Update

Muriel H. Morabito Community Center Operations

Please be advised that all programs scheduled at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center will be cancelled effective 3/9/20 – 3/20/20.  This includes all of the senior clubs and programs.  The only activities that will be available are congregate meals and home delivered programs.  The cancellations are being done out of an abundance of caution based on the guidelines set by the Westchester County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to minimize exposure at this time.  Please NOTE – The Town Government has not had a confirmed positive in any of our Town locations.  However, we must be preventive and cautious.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Town of Cortlandt

March 5, 2020- Mesage from the Town of Cortlandt 

The Town of Cortlandt was notified that an individual who is now under self-quarantine had recently appeared in the Town’s Justice Court. This individual has not been diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Out of an abundance of caution, the Town of Cortlandt took proactive measures and fully sanitized its Court Room and Town Hall on March 4th. This thorough cleaning was previously scheduled for Saturday, March 7th but was moved to March 4th.

Due to this thorough cleaning, the Town believed it to be in the best interests of all involved to cancel Court for March 5th and close court offices on March 4th. The Court will also be closed on March 6th and March 9th due to previously scheduled construction and refurbishment of the Justice Court’s office.

Besides the Justice Court, all offices in the Town Hall are open and fully functional.  For information related to Coronavirus contact 211. Any further questions can be directed to the Westchester County Department of Health.

Linda D. Puglisi, Town Supervisor

March 5, 2020- Message from Supervisor Linda Puglisi

RE:  Update on preparedness of Coronavirus

As part of the Town’s preparedness for the Coronavirus situation, I have reached out to the New York Presbyterian Hospital, which is located in the Town of Cortlandt.  They sent me the following report and we are very appreciative for their cooperation and for the excellent services they provide our community.

"NewYork-Presbyterian has been planning and preparing and are following rigorous, CDC-recommended isolation procedures for the health and safety of all of our patients, employees, medical staff, and visitors. We continue to work closely with the New York State Department of Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Westchester County and other local and federal health officials to utilize best practices for the screening, testing, and treatment of this virus.”

March 3, 2020- Message from Supervisor Puglisi Regarding the Coronavirus

As you know, there has been a man from New Rochelle who has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is currently in a NYC hospital. So the virus is now in our County. Today I was on a Westchester County conference call for all County Supervisors and Mayors to get an updated report.

In the Town of Cortlandt government we are having an intense and thorough cleaning of our town hall and other town facilities (Senior Center, Youth Center etc.) over the next two weekends.  We ask anyone who is sick even with a common cold to please refrain from coming into our buildings. Our offices, of course, will address all of your issues and needs.  We thank you for your cooperation.

At this time, all town programs, events and meetings are proceeding.  If this changes you will be notified through our website, Facebook and Instagram, as well as notices to the public media. Please read all links we post from the County’s Health Department and I recommend you go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.

We will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you,

Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi

March 3, 2020- Update on Coronavirus from Gov. Andrew Cuomo

As you may have heard, last night we learned of the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York State.

The patient is a woman in her late thirties who was traveling abroad in Iran, where there is an outbreak of the virus. Her condition is mild, and she is currently isolated in her home in Manhattan.

From the beginning, we have believed it was not a question of if New York would have a coronavirus case, but when. That's why New York State has been preparing for weeks, and we are diligently managing the situation.

It's important that we don't allow fear and panic to outpace reason.

Learn more about New York State's response to coronavirus.

Last night's positive test was confirmed by the State's Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround on testing.

New York State will immediately begin working with hospitals to help them replicate the State's FDA-approved test and reach our goal of 1,000 tests per day. Additionally, we will institute new cleaning protocols at schools and in public transportation.

Perspective is key here. This isn't our first rodeo — we have dealt with the swine flu, Ebola, SARS and the seasonal flu. We are fully coordinated, we are fully mobilized and we are fully prepared to deal with this situation as it develops.

What can you do?

If you have symptoms and have recently traveled to China, Iran, or at-risk areas in Italy and South Korea, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has, you should seek medical care right away. Call ahead and explain your symptoms and travel.

Symptoms of the novel coronavirus are similar to the flu, and include coughing, fever and trouble breathing.

Prevention: There are simple steps we can all take to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like your cell phone.

New Yorkers can call the Department of Health's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with any concerns about symptoms or travel. In addition, visit the Department of Health's dedicated website for more resources and updates about COVID-19.

We expect there to be more positive cases, but rest assured that New York State is taking all necessary actions to contain the potential spread of this virus.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

March 3, 2020- Westchester County News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director

Office - (914) 995-2932

Cell- (914) 954 -5579

CCioffi@westchestergov.com

COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER AND COUNTY OFFICIALS HOLD BRIEFING ON FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 IN WESTCHESTER

Full press conference can be viewed HERE.

Fast Facts on COVID-19 in Westchester County

  • In the early hours this morning the Westchester County Health Department was notified that a New Rochelle man tested positive for COVID-19. 
    • The man is currently in a New York City hospital.
  • As this time the Westchester County Health Department is investigating. 
    • We are looking into where this man went and where his family went.  
    • Wife and family is already quarantined
    • We are assessing testing the family 
    • One child attends college in NYC
    • One child goes to SAR in NYC
  • The man did attend events at a house of worship in New Rochelle
    • The County Health Department will reach out if you were at one of these events with the man – we are conducting a full investigation 
  • This man did use Metro North to commute into the City for work
    • The NYS DOH looking into his travel into the city – they are conducting this portion of the investigation
  • The man was also seen at a Westchester County Hospital in the past few weeks – specifically New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
  • The Westchester County Health Department is in communication with hospital officials in the County
  • Right now we are in the information gathering phase
  • If you have any concerns about COVID-19 please call 211 – they will have the most up-to-date information and they are here for you
    • 8am – 10pm  SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
    • Please call them – use this resource
  • We are also activating the EOC – so we are prepared and coordinate
  • If you think you are symptomatic – DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM – YOU MUST CALL AHEAD BEFORE ARRIVAL

PEOPLE IN QUARANTINE

  • The Westchester County Health Department is currently monitoring is 12 individuals – OUTSIDE OF THIS CASE – (THIS NUMBER IS FLUID)
  • 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
  • Westchester County Health Department is following CDC and New York State Department of Health protocols
  • The Westchester County Health Department, with County Emergency Services, and County Public Safety are assisting

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, Iran, Italy and South Korea given the number of cases in these countries.
  • Older residents and those with chronic medical conditions should consider also avoiding travel to Japan.
  • Before making travel plans, 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.  
  • 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.

WHAT CAN YOU/RESIDENTS DO

  • Children are not overtly at risk
  • 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

February 27, 2020- Westchester County News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director

Office - (914) 995-2932

Cell- (914) 954 -5579

CCioffi@westchestergov.com

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

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