MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE VILLAGE MANAGER - (COVID-19) - UPDATED: MARCH 16, 2020 - 5:00PM
Dear Residents of Port Chester,
As you know over the last several weeks we have been focusing our time and attention on the Coronavirus, how it is affecting our normal routines, operations, and the jurisdictions around us. We all must understand that we are now under a National, State, County, and now a local state of emergency. This is a rapidly evolving situation but please rest assured that we continue to remain in close communication with the Westchester County Health Department, the State of New York, local elected officials, and is actively reviewing information disseminated from the CDC. It is paramount that we are not only aware of what is happening around us, but also, what initiatives we may need to take in the event that our population, staff, or buildings become affected by this virus.
What are we doing?
The Village is taking this outbreak very seriously. The safety of the public and our staff is our top priority. We have already initiated several steps to ensure that our building remains a clean and hygienic environment including enhance cleaning, deep cleaning specific high risk locations (Senior Center, Village Hall, Fire and Police stations, etc.), and making sanitizing stations more widely available. Notices as prescribed by the CDC are posted with recommendations for personal actions to reduce and identify exposure to the virus.
In addition to the above, we have developed contingency plans to ensure that essential Village services will remain online should we be forced to limit public access or close our buildings and send our staff home, have staff work remotely, or require personnel to report temporarily to alternate locations. Practically speaking however, services may become increasingly limited as this situation evolves and additional protocols are required for purposes of public safety. We will provide more information to the public when these initiatives are implemented.
What can I do to protect myself?
Per the CDC, you should go about your daily life, but take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season:
• Wash your hand often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue (not your hands), then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning product that contains bleach.
• Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
• Limit movement in the community.
• Keep workspaces clear from unnecessary clutter so that you may wipe down work surfaces easily each day.
• Limit visitors.
Important contacts for up to date information
Please also remember that the public may report suspected cases using the:
New York State hotline:1 (888) 364-3065
Westchester County hotline: 1 (886) 588-0195
Westchester County General information: 211
Mobile COVID testing is available in New Rochelle and is available by appointment (soon in Nassau County). The number for appointments is 1 (888) 364-3065. For current stats on the Coronavirus and for tips on how to prepare try the following links:
We can all expect interruptions to our normal routines for the near future, However as we all work together though this public health emergency; common sense, personal responsibility and awareness will help win the day:
- Know your risk
- Understand your circumstances
- Get the facts and stay informed
I continue to meet and coordinate with our emergency service personnel and they are in contact with the appropriate officials and taking precautions as needed. If you have any questions or need to report any other concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to my office (914) 939-2200 and speak to Stuart Rabin, Assistant to The Village Manager or Pamela Tarlow, Assistant to the Village Manager. For specific actions relating to the State or County actions, please utilize the numbers referred to above.
Thank you for your attention to this public safety concern and further updates will follow as warranted.
Christopher D. Steers