Westchester County Executive and County officials hold briefing, Tuesday afternoon on the ninth floor of the Michalian Office Building (148 Martine Avenue) on the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Westchester County.
In the early hours Tuesday 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.
They are looking into where this man went and where his family went. His wife and family is already quarantined and we are assessing testing the family. One of his children attends college in NYC and another one goes to the Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy, better known by the acronym, SAR Academy located at 655 W 254th Street in the Bronx.
At the brief they reported that 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, they are conducting a full investigation. They do know the man did use Metro North to commute into the City for work. The NYS DOH are looking into his travel into the city and 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 are in communication with hospital officials in the County. Right now they are in the information gathering phase.
At the direction of New York State, Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler has directed that Temple Young Israel in New Rochelle halt all services immediately and for the foreseeable future due to potential COVID-19 exposure connected to the man who tested positive today.
Additionally, congregants of the Temple who attended services on February 22, and a funeral and a bat mitzvah at the temple on February 23 must self-quarantine until at the very earliest March 8. Those who do not self-quarantine will be mandated to by the County Department of Health to do so.
The situation is unfolding, stay tuned, Black Westchester will bring you more information as it becomes available. Right now the County Health Department want the residents to know:
- 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