Coronavirus Update - March 6, 2020
Residents have asked us for greater distribution of our website message from earlier this week. With minor updates, that message appears below.
This is an occasion when I know we will all work together to take care of each other.
Mayor Josh Cohn
With a first case confirmed in New Rochelle, the outbreak of Coronavirus has come home. Your City government will work in concert with Westchester County, the New York State Department of Health and relevant federal agencies to do all we can to respond. Please remember:
-Hand-washing and keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth are recommended.
-If you experience symptoms, stay home and call your doctor for advice - do not proceed unannounced to a health care facility that may not be prepared for your arrival.
-Anyone who has traveled to a CDC Level 3 destination (one that is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19) should self-quarantine at home for 14 days following their return. For the most recent travel alerts, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel webpage.
-According to the CDC, reports thus far suggest that, for many, Coronavirus appears to be a mild illness.
Please see below for additional important information, including further resources.
The City is closely monitoring the information about the Coronavirus in Westchester County and the surrounding areas. While there is no reason to modify or cancel City programs as this time, we will continue to review the situation and make any necessary adjustments as needs arise. In the meantime, the safety of our residents and staff is paramount. We are in close and regular contact with the County Executive’s office, and the Westchester County Health Department. At City Hall and the various other City facilities around town, we are increasing routine cleaning of public places and regularly touched surfaces, such as door handles, railings, counters, etc. We are also encouraging employees to practice precautionary steps to avoid getting sick, and to stay home even for a mild illness.
In the meantime, I encourage you to refer to the City’s website. There are a number of forms, registrations, and payment options available online. This has been undertaken over the last several years for your convenience. City Staff is always available to assist you with City-related items at any time and I encourage you to call if you would prefer to transact any business over the phone.
Any questions health or medical concerns about the virus specifically, please refer to the CDC website or any of the links below.
Hotline Phone Numbers:
- People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case, call (866) 588-0195
- NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline (888) 364-3065
- Westchester County COVID-19 Information Call 211
Mayor Cohn and I will be regularly updating you on City-related impacts as need arises.
Interim City Manager