March 6, 2020
As of this release, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. Our actions and how we form our plans for both health care providers and the general public are defined by the Centers for Disease Control through the New York State Department of Health. The risk factor for potential cases impacting Columbia County remains low. The Columbia County Department of Health along with local County Officials are committed to actively monitoring the progression of this new virus and modifying our response as required.
You can help stop COVID19 by knowing the signs and symptoms, and doing simple things to keep yourself and others healthy. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
The NYSDOH has established a Hotline for questions about COVID-19 and can be accessed by calling 888-364-3065. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov and World Health Organization (WHO) www.who.int web sites are the best resources for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.