Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus will host a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at 6 p.m. tonight. Neuhaus will be joined on the call by Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman and Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey. The Town Hall can also be seen via Facebook Live on the County Executive’s page. The call-in number for residents for the Telephone Town Hall is 855-756-7250 ext. 57286.
As of Mon., Mar. 16, Orange County has 11 positive COVID-19 cases. Orange County remains in daily contact with our partner agencies to include; Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State Department of Health, State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, local hospitals, doctor offices, as well as other local medical and healthcare providers.
Gelman advised that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the flu, and other droplet-spread viruses, continues to be to practice basic, common-sense personal hygiene. This includes washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, refraining from touching your face and avoiding unnecessary contact with others. Should you feel ill, contact your healthcare provider first. Do not go directly to the doctor’s office, an emergency room or other healthcare facilities. These simple steps will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect you and your loved ones.
If you are an Orange County resident and have recently traveled outside the U.S. and have questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms, please call your medical provider immediately prior to presenting to a facility. Due to the high volume of calls, we encourage residents who have basic questions to visit the Orange County Health Department’s webpage at www.orangecountygov.com/health.
For general questions, residents may also contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer questions. This is open 24 hours a day.