The Saratoga County Department of Public Health continues to work diligently to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the county. Yesterday, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors authorized the allocation of$1 million to combat the spread of the virus. This allocation will be dedicated to staffing and supplies necessary to execute the county’s emergency operations plan and support the continuity of county operations.
There are 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saratoga County at this time. In some instances, the confirmed cases are family members living within the same residence.
“It’s important that residents practice physical distancing of greater than six feet and take measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Individuals should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people,” said Chairman of the Board and Town of Day Supervisor Preston Allen.
Residents can enroll in the County’s CodeRED emergency notification system to receive updates from the county’s Emergency Management Team.
To enroll, follow this link: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF26DE55718D
PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE AND ADVISORIES
Residents should adhere to guidance issued by the State of New York and the public health advisories issued by the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.
Saratoga County Department of Public Health Director Cathi Duncan reminds parents that children home from school should also refrain from congregating in groups and should follow the social distancing recommendations.
Residents are also reminded that in order to be tested for COVID-19 an order is required from a medical doctor or healthcare provider. Guidelines related to testing criteria are changing as we learn more about the virus, please consult with your doctor or the Department of Public Health to learn if you meet the criteria required for COVID-19 testing. If an individual believes they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact their primary care physician ahead of time to make an appointment.
Residents who have been advised by their doctor to self-isolate and who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact the Department of Public Health.
If an individual has questions regarding COVID-19 they can contact the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
The Saratoga County Emergency Management Team is seeking trained medical professionals to volunteer at the emergency operations center’s hotline. Volunteers will answer calls from residents with questions regarding COVID-19. Trained medical personnel include practicing or retired nurses, doctors, EMS or paramedic personnel.
The Emergency Management Team is also accepting donations of N95 masks and other medical supplies such as gloves, protective face masks, and medical gowns. Any individual or business with access to these resources is asked to call the Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services.
SYMPTOMS AND AVOIDANCE
Symptoms of COVID-19 include: cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
- Practice physical distancing and avoid handshakes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available then 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.