General Covid-19 Documentation
Employee / Unemployment Documentation
Today’s Dutchess County Covid19 Dashboard identifies Wappinger as having 97 confirmed cases. We continue to hope for their quick and full recovery.
Following is the Dashboard summary:
The Dutchess County Executive is advising that face coverings should be worn by everyone outside of their homes to help protect against Coronavirus, including essential workers in the retail, service and other industries.
This directive comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released official guidance recommending people wear cloth face SCREENSHOT MASKcoverings in settings where ample social distancing may not be adequate to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Also please read the following article – How NOT to Wear a Mask – New York Times
4/7/2020- Today the Town of Wappinger remains flat with 81 cases of Covid-19
Please be advised:
· NY Governor Cuomo announced this
Morning that non-essential businesses and schools will continue to be closed at least through April 29th.
· Dutchess County has suspended issuing camp/campground permits at this time, this will be evaluated on an ongoing basis as the situation evolves. Because of this and the social distancing requirement, the Town Has suspended its 2020summer camp program.
· Face Coverings:
The CDC is recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies to slow the spread of Coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Local non-profit Unshattered has been making masks and has some great how-to directions on their website for making masks here: https://www.unshattered.org/pages/surgical-mask-instructions. Other make-your-own masks instructions are available from the The New York Times and CNN. We have a number of residents who are also sewing masks. Thank you!
The cloth face coverings recommended to slow spread of COVID-19 are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.
Those latter critical supplies must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
· All disposal of personal use PPE should be done in a proper manner, eliminating litter. The Town Of Wappinger has a no-littering ordinance. We are sending out reminder notices to residents and local businesses. Tickets will be issued to anyone caught littering.
· Dutchess County has established a working group assisting nursing homes and assisted living facilities within the Town and other communities.
Today’s Dutchess County Update – Looks like this week will be a tough one – the latest report shows 81 persons infected in Wappinger Town. Let’s hope for a speedy recovery
Urgent Request of Supervisor Thurston
In light of the dire shortages of supplies for our healthcare workers and first responders, Town Supervisor Richard Thurston requests that if any of our residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations may have any surplus medical supplies such as masks, goggles, gloves, and isolation gowns (commonly referred to as “PPE”), please take them in their original envelope/box to Wappinger Town Hall locates at 20 Middlebush Road. Place and them in a marked box located under the outside alcove at the north end of Town Hall (facing the junior high school).
Also, if you should have any friends or relatives with access to N95 or K95 masks from reputable suppliers, please seek those as well.
We will be sure to get them to The Office of the County Executive, Marcus Molinaro.
Your donations will help save lives both in The Town of Wappinger and in Dutchess County.
We thank you so very much!
Supervisor Thurston advises all Wappinger residents of a Dutchess County Town Hall Meeting on April 2d:
or our social media accounts.
3/30/2020 cbsnews.com – Mnuchin says checks from coronavirus bill coming “within 3 weeks”
3/29/2020 – Information from Ron Hicks – Assistant County Executive
As we go into our third week of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am summarizing our ACTIONS TAKEN as it relates to the business community, providing an attachment with the LATEST EMPLOYER, EMPLOYEE AND CONSUMER LINKS, as well as two pdfs detailing the federal PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM and the CORONAVIRUS AID RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES).
Keep safe -RON #WEWILLWIN
- Activated our Rapid Response Team to develop a strategy to address the needs of the business community including its employees.
- Requested the state waive the seven-day waiting period for affected workers applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI).
- Consolidated the databases of Think Dutchess (IDA and LDC), Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment Board, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, Council of Industry, and Dutchess Tourism to create one e-mail list to communicate one voice to the business community daily.
- Anticipating layoffs in the coming week(s) and the volume, we called on state to waive the in-person required UI visit.
- Offered the NYS DOL our Alliance for Business infrastructure to assist with communicating with employers and employees.
- Asked the governor to submit a disaster declaration to the feds to make New York businesses eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- We asked the state to correct broken links on ESD’s website for businesses related to COVID-19, which was resolved same day.
- Launched the Dutchess Business Notification Network (DBNN) and released the first daily update for the business community—more than 9,000 are receiving the daily information.
- Launched a website to host news and information for the business community www.Dutchessbnn.com
- Developed a survey for the business community to determine their individual needs and their resources that could be used to assist the community.
- Requested the state suspend the collection of businesses sales tax receipts (due 03/20) to help businesses with cash flow and allow them to continue to pay employees in part or whole.
- SBA included Dutchess County in Connecticut’s disaster declaration allowing businesses in Dutchess County to apply for SBA EIDL. Only Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester were included until the state submitted their disaster declaration, which happened later in the week.
- Requested the state expand eligibility for UI permitting to include part-time employees
- Began promoting the Shared Work Program to connect essential businesses hiring with nonessential businesses forced to reduce their workforce, and to use the NYSDOL program to receive a UI subsidy to maintain employees pay and hours vs. a layoff.
- Launched a Facebook page for the DBNN.
- County Executive Molinaro hosted a tele-town-hall for the business community—2,700 participants.
- Announced an emergency express loan service (up to $10k) by Think Dutchess Alliance for Business member Community Capital New York.
- Began developing a plan to assist the employers and employees in the hospitality, food and beverage and service industry—the industry most affected by COVID-19.
- Began analyzing data from the small business survey to help develop the Business Restoration Program.
- DBNN hosted a webinar for employers to guide them through employment, HR and executive orders from the state.
Effective 8pm Monday, March 16, the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced they will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people; restaurants and bars will close for on-premises service and move to take-out and delivery only; and movie theaters, gyms, and casinos will temporarily close.
****Dutchess County Announces State of Emergency****
Based on an increase of confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 with three confirmed and an escalation of residents in mandatory and precautionary quarantine, Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro declared a State of Emergency for Dutchess County, effective at 2 p.m. today. The State of Emergency expedites the County’s sharing of resources and ability to better respond to this rapidly evolving situation.
The State of Emergency is issued pursuant to Section 24 of New York State Executive Law and is enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies. Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties have each issued emergency orders since confirming multiple cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19 over the past several days.
County Executive Molinaro said, “As Coronavirus has emerged as a pandemic, reaching countries on each hemisphere, we in Dutchess County have prepared for the inevitability we would be touched by this emerging health situation. Today’s declaration is the next step in providing Dutchess County the resources necessary to best respond. This declaration does not limit travel, but we urge residents to limit contact with those who are sick and stay home if sick.”
County Executive Molinaro is taking the following steps:
Suspending all large social and community gatherings, including County-sponsored events, to allow adequate social distancing, effective March 13th;
Suspending all visitation at Dutchess County Jail, effective March 13th;
Postponing all Civil Service Exams, effective March 13th;
Suspending all classroom and extracurricular functions for 14 days, including extra-curricular activities, effective March 16th. Schools may remain open to administration, staff, and staff functions. This order does not include private daycare facilities, Head Start or other daycare programs, unless there is a direct need based on school facility logistics; and
Closing the Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s eight Senior Friendship Centers, effective March 16th.
DBCH Commissioner Dr. Anil Vaidian, an infectious disease specialist with more than 20 years’ experience, said, “We have long predicted Dutchess County would be affected by COVID-19, and we have put into practice our weeks of planning. We are dealing with an unprecedented situation, but I am confident that steps we are taking today will keep our community healthy and safe. Closing schools and limiting large community gatherings is a preventative measure that is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We continue to ask residents for their cooperation – practicing proper hygiene, disinfection, social distancing and the like – to help mitigate the spread of this virus.”
Dutchess County has established a website, www.dutchessny.gov/coronavirus, as well as a hotline, (845) 486-3555, to provide residents the most current information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19.
This is an evolving situation, and County leaders will continue to work to inform residents with the most current information and ongoing updates.
COVID-19 Now Confirmed in Dutchess County
A Message From Supervisor Richard L. Thurston
Dear Wappinger Residents,
I would like to report on the most recent developments related to the COVID-19 virus:
- Governor Cuomo and County Executive Molinaro have announced that the first positive case of the Covid19 virus has appeared in Dutchess County.
- There is no positive case in the Town of Wappinger or Village of Wappingers Falls;
- The Department of Health and County Department of Behavioral and Community Health are advising that the one case does NOT pose a public health risk at this time.
- Nevertheless, the State and County officials are recommending that, in order to limit transmission risks, we should
- continue with social distancing and personal hygiene practices;
- consider limiting mass gatherings where and when appropriate of more than 20 persons;
- this limitation on public activities will continue at least through the end of April;
- We want to minimize a potential spike in transmissions
What does this mean for the Town of Wappinger?
- Effective immediately, all indoor and outdoor events of 20 or more people scheduled by the Town to occur during the months of March and April are being postponed to a later date. Please refer to the Town’s recreation website, the Town website and our Social media for further information;
- TOWN HALL WILL REMAIN OPEN during normal working hours UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – WE ARE CONTINUING TO FOLLOW BASIC HYGIENIC PRACTICES WITHIN OUR TOWN BUILDINGS;
- At this time, we plan to keep our senior center open but want to encourage anyone who feels under the weather not to come in that day. This being said, we will ask any person showing any sneezing; coughing, other signs of possible illness to leave so we ask you to self-isolate;
- For scheduled Public Meetings, such as those of the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board we have not yet decided whether or not to cancel any meetings. We will advise no later than the morning of the day of the scheduled meeting. We advise as many people as possible to watch our broadcasts via cable and livestreaming;
- Many non-town sponsored events will also likely be postponed or cancelled since the County and State officials are covering all organizations throughout the State.
- For questions related to the Coronavirus, the County has established the following contact information:
- Website: dutchessNY.gov/Coronavirus
- Coronavirus Information Line (845) 486-3555
Richard L. Thurston – Wappinger Town Supervisor
The most up to date global information can be gathered from the CDC directly at https://www.cdc.gov/covid19 and at the World Health Organization https://www.who.int/ websites. The Dutchess County Website is: www.dutchessny.gov/coronavirus. NY State website is: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Please click the following link to download helpful tips and information including – How to make hand sanitizer & Ten Reasons why you ought not to panic.
Dutchess County Actively Working to Protect Residents from Novel Coronavirus
A Statement from Department of Behavioral & Community Health on the threat of a novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
For More Information Contact:
A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, Commissioner, 845-486-3432
Coronaviruses are an extremely common family of viruses that can cause fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. A novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Over time and with person-to-person spread occurring, cases have been identified beyond China facilitated by international travel. Currently, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people, but the situation is evolving rapidly.
Cases have been identified within the United States associated with travel from China, but there has been no evidence of sustained transmission. Residents should be aware that spread from person-to-person happens most often among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
DBCH Commissioner A.K. Vaidian said, “There are currently NO confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in New York State. There are currently NO confirmed cases in Dutchess County, despite the spread of reports on social media stating the opposite. The likelihood of cases being identified in Dutchess County is low, but, as a County we remain vigilant and are ready to be called on to respond to and address any resident’s concerns they may have.”
It is important to know that individuals are at greater risk for other respiratory illnesses in our area, such as influenza and it’s not too late to get a flu shot. The DBCH recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated against the flu to reduce their risk of becoming ill. You can protect yourself from respiratory viruses, such as influenza and 2019-nCoV by:
- Washing your hands regularly.
Germs and viruses are found on frequently touched surfaces, such as keyboards, handles, doorknobs, and railings. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Covering your cough.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects.
Use disinfectant to clean telephones, keyboards, doorknobs, desktops, etc.
- Staying home when you are sick.
If you are not feeling well, stay home. Limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you need to see your healthcare provider, call ahead and let them know you are coming in. Ask for a mask to be available before you enter the provider’s office.
- Increasing the distance between you and other people.
Most respiratory illnesses, like flu, can be transmitted through close contact, including kissing, hugging, sharing utensils, cups, and cigarettes, talking to someone closely, and touching someone directly. In community settings, you will want to keep at least 6 feet between you and others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
For up-to-date information on the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), please visit www.DutchessNY.gov/Coronavirus. If you have any additional questions or concerns about your health, please contact your healthcare provider. If you have a question about your risk of exposure, call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at (888) 364-3065.