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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Helpful info on coronavirus...Councilman Sheehan sets positive example: votes via skype...more info

If you click on to the full text you will find some helpful info on coronavirus...Town Board member Francis Sheehan inaugurated our skype initiative--Board members encouraged to participate by skype...summary of conference call with county officials

HELPFUL INFO ON CORONAVIRUS...Town Bd member votes by skype....summary of Wednesday’s conference with county officials

SETTING A POSITIVE EXAMPLE FOR BEING CAREFUL-- COUNCILMAN FRANCIS SHEEHAN PARTICIPATES AND VOTES AT TOWN BOARD MEETING BY SKYPE
Last night Town Board member Francis Sheehan set a positive example for everyone. He wasn’t feeling perfect so decided to participate and vote at our Town Board meeting via skype. I hope that members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board, School Boards, Fire Boards, the County & State Legislatures and Congress etc...will do the same when they aren’t feeling perfect.

TOWN PLANNING TO ORGANIZE VIDEO CONFERENCING MEETINGS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS- We are setting up a video conferencing system and will soon schedule community meetings via video conferencing. If your neighborhood association is interested please advise.

AS OF YESTERDAY 121 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN WESTCHESTER...13 NEW...113 CONNECT TO NEW ROCHELLE...ONE PERSON HOSPITALIZED

NEW -LOCAL OFFICIALS AND POLICE CHIEFS TO BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL INFO: At the conference call with county officials was told that chief elected officials will now be informed of positive cases in our town. Earlier this week we were advised that we would not be given the information. The information must be kept confidential and we will have to sign non disclosure agreements.

METRO NORTH DOING DOUBLE CLEANING TWICE  A DAY

DRIVE THRU TESTING--Northwell is starting a drive thru location for people who have symptoms in New Rochelle. However, there still is a lack of tests --although more testing is starting to be done.

SUNY/CUNY AND MORE SCHOOLS CLOSING--MORE CLASSES ON LINE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANDATORY QUARANTINE, MANDATORY ISOLATION AND PRECAUTIONARY
 • Status for Required Mandatory Quarantine – Person has been in close contact (6 ft.) with someone who is positive, but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or person has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy and is displaying symptoms of COVID019;  

• Status for Required Mandatory Isolation – Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not displaying symptoms for COVID-19. LHDs must immediately issue an order for Mandatory Quarantine or Isolation once notified, which shall be served on the person impacted. Given the virulence of COVID-19, we also have precautionary protocols.  

• Status Required for Precautionary Quarantine – Person meets one or more of the following criteria: (i) has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy while COVID-19 was prevalent, but is not displaying symptoms; or (ii) is known to have had a proximate exposure to a positive person but has not had direct contact with a positive person and is not displaying symptoms.  

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or new or worsening respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath. Anyone who feels they may meet the above criteria for quarantine should immediately contact their local health department in the county in which they reside. If the employee also has symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should be instructed to also immediately call their healthcare provider for further guidance.

Employers may discuss opportunities for employees to work at home if possible if they require quarantine or isolation as determined by the local health department but are asymptomatic.

Guard Against Stigma: As new information emerges, please remind your employees that the risk of novel coronavirus is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection.  

Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

More information:

New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ 

CALL 211 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS--THE COUNTY HOTLINE AND TRY TO AVOID CROWDS
Paul Feiner

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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