Putnam County is calling on more detailed COVID-19 data from the state as new cases of the virus surge across the country during the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and more holidays fast approaching, county officials issued an alert cautioning families to modify plans to help curtail the spread of the virus.
Officials are also working with New York State health officials to get more information to residents, businesses, and schools, broken down by zip code.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell noted that with more areas in the Hudson Valley and New York being designated as COVID-19 “micro-cluster” hotspots, it’s even more important now than ever to provide the most detailed and specific data.
“The majority of our residents continue to make responsible choices that keep their community safe,” she said. “However, we do rely on the state data to keep people informed– which is why we continue to push for the state to provide us with a town or zip code breakdown of their metrics.
“The governor’s mention of Brewster ‘nearing yellow zone designation’ confirms that our request to view Putnam County on a hyper-local level is a necessity,” she added noting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned the town earlier this month during a COVID-19 briefing on the state’s micro-cluster strategy.
There are currently 167 active COVID-19 cases in Putnam County, with eight hospitalized for treatment of the virus. There have been a total of 2,722 COVID-19 cases in Putnam and 64 virus-related deaths.
The latest breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Putnam, by town, according to the county Department of Health, is as follows:
- Carmel: 962 (107 new);
- Southeast: 625 (57);
- Kent: 384 (34);
- Putnam Valley: 291 (18);
- Patterson: 282 (54);
- Philipstown: 178 (9).
“We continue to encourage all residents of our county to adhere to the recommendations that helped us flatten the curve earlier this year,” County Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat stated. “Putnam County has seen a sharp rise in positive cases related to social gatherings and parties.
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“The spike that is occurring locally is a result of our actions,” Nesheiwat continued. “Whether you are in closer proximity to Brewster, or you are further west, nearer to Peekskill, it is clear that our numbers are rising, and we all must make responsible choices to keep our families and our neighbors safe.”
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