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Information from our County Health Dept. and the CDC regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

To all Columbia County Employees: Given the media attention and the importance of your health and safety, we want to share some basic information about the Novell Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ways to stay healthy. The County is monitoring the situation and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Departments of Health and Education, and the Columbia County Department of Health. Infectious disease protocols are in place and our County agencies have been focused on preparing the County should a COVID-19 case emerge. Prevention As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as: ·       Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. ·       Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands. ·       Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick. ·       Stay home when you are sick. ·       Cover your cough or sneeze with the crease of your elbow. ·       Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. ·       Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed by your physician. More Information If you or a family member start showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, or the hospital emergency room, inform them that you may be a suspect case for COVID-19, and follow their advice. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources: 1.    Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health) 2.    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC) 3.    Information for Travel (CDC) 4.    FAQ for Travelers (CDC) 5.    Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 6.    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. Updates from these sources can help to keep you and others healthy! Thank you! -- Michaele Williams-Riordon Director of Human Resources, Columbia County 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 828-4086 (p)  NEW- fax (518) 828-1991 Inter-County Extension 37-2302

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