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Coronavirus Update and City Services - March 10, 2020

Post Date:03/10/2020 11:13 AM

Your City government continues to coordinate with County and other government officials with respect to Coronavirus.  We have learned that, although Westchester has nearly 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, very few have required hospitalization.

Our City services remain open for business, but note that we are able to offer many of our administrative services online.  We encourage you to access these services and resources remotely here.

With regret, but out of respect for the well-being of our senior citizens, we will postpone this Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day lunch at Rye Rec.  We will hold this event as soon as we can, so that it may be enjoyed in full. We will also suspend the Recreation Department's regularly scheduled senior program events for two weeks.  We understand how important the senior program is.  We will be eager to restore it.

The regular calendar of City Council, board, commission and committee meetings remains in effect. After consultation with the County and other municipal governments, however, we are going to postpone selectively items that may attract substantial in-person attendance. Knowing there are many interested residents, we are postponing this Wednesday's Council session on Nursery Field.

If you visit City buildings, you will notice signage, sign-in lists and a variety of other steps taken to encourage well-being and allow us to "trace back" our visitors, should that be necessary.  The City of course intends to follow such additional practices as may be advisable.

Please remember that 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. 

Further general information on Coronavirus is available from the New York State Health Department at 888-364-3065, and from the County at 2-1-1. Or, you may find information at the following links:

o   CDC 2019 Coronavirus

o   New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus website

o   New York State Department of Health Local Health Departments 

o   Westchester County COVID-19 updated

I have been heartened by the calm and capable response of Rye residents and City staff to this challenge. Let's continue to work together and support each other.

Mayor Josh Cohn

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