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COVID-19 UPDATES
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Click HERE to visit the CDC Website

Click HERE to visit the WHO Website

Click HERE to visit the New York State Department of Health Website

Click HERE to visit Governor Cuomo's website

Click HERE to visit the Orange County Department of Health Website

NYS COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065 (open 24 hours)
Anthony Wayne Testing Area 888-364-3065

 

MOST RECENT LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATES


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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM OUTREACH TUXEDO

Call Father Rick 917 658 6314  or Sue Heywood, St Mary's Outreach Chair, 845 351 3473 for assistance

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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE VILLAGE OF TUXEDO PARK

From The Mayor's Desk - Covid 19 Update -Orange County Public Health Alert (posted September 30, 2020)

Dear Neighbors,

New cases continue to rise in Orange and surrounding counties. Orange County's Health Department has issued a public health alert reminding people to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

"The county is seeing the number of positive COVID-19 cases going up. The Orange County Commissioner along with State Health Department Officials are concerned about this increase and are continuing with their public health messaging," a county statement issued Tuesday afternoon said. The alert is "just another avenue to increase public awareness that the COVID-19 virus is still prevalent in our area and that protective measures must be adhered to" according to the Times Herald-Record.

Stay safe.

Thanks,

Mayor Mac

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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE TUXEDO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICRT

Return To Learn - Update - Posted 10/21/2020

Dear Tuxedo Families,

I hope this letter finds everyone safe, healthy and enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Since remote instruction started, we have experienced a few glitches here and there, but overall we have seen great success with remote teaching and learning. A huge thank you to our teachers, our children, and to you! Parents, we know that COVID-19 and all of the unknowns and changes associated with it have weighed heavy on you. So thank you for doing everything you can to support and facilitate learning from home. Job well done!

The success of the past few months has prepared our children to be ready to pivot from at-home instruction to in-person instruction as we plan for the return to school. As you know, we are obligated to follow the guidance that comes down from Albany (this is my usual disclaimer), and we are finally starting to see guidance that makes sense to school districts. The NYS Education Department and the Department of Health have also gone through the same learning curve as we have, so the change in guidance is much appreciated.

The biggest changes have to do with understanding what our responsibilities are as they relate to handling potential COVID-19 cases as well as further clarification of social distancing guidelines. This clarification has allowed us to fit a few more desks in each room and thus makes it easier to bring the students back in two cohorts as opposed to three. In some cases, depending on the enrollment, we can bring back a few grades without any cohort at all.

If you’ve attended the Return to Learn meetings, you are aware that the Teachers Union came up with a proposal and the administration worked with the Teachers Union to marry the existing plan with the proposal. Some aspects are able to be implemented and some are not. For example, one proposal was to have 1⁄2 day Pre-K and Kindergarten. While this seems logical to get the children in everyday for a few hours, it just isn’t feasible to create two additional bus runs in the middle of the day and create a shortage of staff in the kitchen. Please remember, at the end of the day, our ultimate goal to bring everyone back into a safe and healthy environment.

SCHEDULE

When one cohort is in-person, the opposite cohort will continue as we do today with remote instruction. This means the students at home will be learning (synchronously) simultaneously with the students in the classroom.
Here are grade-level specifics (Remember all Mondays are Asynchronous):

  • Pre-K

  •  Kindergarten

  •  Grade 1

  •  Grade 2

  •  Grade 3

  •  Grade 4

  •  Grade 5

  • Grade 6

  • Grades 7-12

Full-day, 1 Cohort Instruction (In-person Tues-Friday every week) Full-day, 2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson) Full-day, 1 Cohort Instruction (In-person Tues-Friday every week) Full-day, 2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson) Full-day, 1 Cohort Instruction (In-person Tues-Friday every week) Full-day, 2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson) Full-day, 2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson) Full-day, 1 Cohort Instruction (In-person Tues-Friday every week) Full-day, 2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson)

Timeline for students to begin In-Person instruction:

  • Friday,

  • Tuesday,

  •  Tuesday,

October 23rd – Pre-K Welcome Back October 27th – Kindergarten Welcome Back October 27th – Pre-K Starts

1 Cohort Instruction (In-person Tues-Friday every week) Wednesday, October 28th – Kindergarten Starts

2 Cohort Instruction - Cohort A (gray), Cohort B (crimson)

  • Tuesday,

  • Tuesday,

  • Wednesday,

  •  Thursday,
  • Tuesday,

    CALENDAR

November 3rd – Grades 1-6, Cohort A (gray) begins in-person November 10th – Last day of 100% remote instruction for Gr. 7-12 November 11th – Veterans Day – No school or remote instruction November 12th – Grades 7-12, Cohort A (gray) begins in-person November 17th – Grades 7-12, Cohort B (crimson) begins in-person

Please see the attached calendar outlining Cohort A (gray) and Cohort B (crimson) for the remainder of the year. Asynchronous days have been shaded blue. Holidays and vacation days are shaded in dark purple.

Please NOTE: On November 3rd, grades 1-5 at GGM and grade 6 at GFB will start in- person instruction. Grades 7 and 8 will start on November 12th along with grades 9-12. This change has to do with the difference of how students are scheduled at the elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) levels.

Please NOTE: The week of January 26-29 is Regents/Mid-Terms week. This week will be divided into two days for each cohort as indicated on the calendar.

UPCOMING COMMUNICATION
OPT-IN to 100% REMOTE INSTRUCTION

  • Below is a link to a Google form that will allow you to “Opt-In” to 100% Remote Instruction through January 29th (can be extended at this time). If this is something you would like, please complete the form as soon as possible. The deadline for completion is Monday, October 26th at 1:00PM.

  • If you do not wish to take part, no further action is necessary. GOOGLE FORM

OPT-OUT of DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION

  •  Included in the above mentioned Google form, you will also have the option to “Opt OUT of District Transportation” through January 29th (can be extended at this time). If this is something you would like, please complete the form as soon as possible. The deadline for completion is Monday, October 26th at 1:00PM.
  • If you do not wish to take part, no further action is necessary.

    COHORT DESIGNATION

  •  By the end of this week, you will receive information letting you know which cohort (A or B) your children will be assigned to.
  •  Please know that even if you Opt-IN to 100% Remote Instruction, your children will still be assigned a cohort. Should you decide to not continue with 100% Remote Instruction, the cohort will have already been identified.

    SNOW DAY, ONLINE LEARNING DAY, and ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAY

  • Snow days! It’s that time of year, but we have a twist this year. Instead of a “snow day” it may become an “online-learning day”.

  • For example, the roads may prevent school from opening, but students can easily log-on and attend school just as they are doing today. So this would be deemed an “Online Learning Day” and count as a regular school day. However, a big storm might bring down power lines and that could cause school to completely close and we would call for a “snow day” with NO online expectation. This would then become one of our snow days. NYS Education Department is allowing this to be a pilot year for snow days, so more to come on this as well.

  •  This should not be confused with an “Asynchronous Learning Day”. Every Monday is an Asynchronous Learning Day, where students have been assigned work to complete at their own pace while at home. Wednesday, November 25th (Day before Thanksgiving) and Friday May 20th (Day before Memorial Day Weekend) have already been designated Asynchronous Days.

    Class of 2021 SENIOR SPOTS

The Class of 2021 will be the first senior class to be able to personalize and paint their parking spots. Even if they don’t have a car, they get to paint a spot that belongs to them. So watch for the “Senior Spots” to show up in the lower lot this week.

MUSIC LEAVE REPLACEMENT

As you may be aware, Ms. Kurian has been out on maternity leave and will not return until September 2021. We have interviewed many applicants and for various reasons they have either resigned after appointment (before starting) or declined the position after being interviewed. We have now posted the position again and hope to find a suitable candidate soon. In the meantime, once students return, we will have to put a substitute teacher into the class until a leave-replacement teacher is identified and hired. Our music program is extremely important and we want only the best for our students. We will keep you posted.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our number one priority. Our efforts to return to in-person instruction represent our commitment to ensuring a healthy and safe teaching and learning environment.

Thank you and be safe!

Timothy Bohlke

Superintendent of Schools

 

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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE TOWN OF TUXEDO

Tuxedo Town Hall Reopening Monday August 3rd, 2020 - Posted 8/3/2020

Esteemed Town Employees, Town Board colleagues, Tuxedo residents, and visitors. The Tuxedo Town Hall is now open to the public. This follows many weeks of restricted access that was intended to protect Town employees and the general public. Now, Town offices, including the Town Clerk, all have regularly scheduled hours in order to serve you. Hand sanitizer will be at each door and masks are required to enter the building.

The Justice Court, our busiest unit, will resume “in person” operations this week. They have a backlog of cases to adjudicate so managing the crowds will be a concern. We will limit the number of people in the building at any one time and the flow of traffic will be unidirectional. Visitors to the court will enter through the front door, be admitted to the courtroom, go before the judge, and exit through the side door in the courtroom.

Visitors to the second floor, for the Building Department, Assessor, Recreation Department, Supervisor’s Office, or for any other purpose will be directed to enter through the back of the building, up the ramp. Visitors will be advised to call the person they are meeting to either set an appointment or to have someone open the door.

Town Board Meetings will continue to be held via WebEx until further notice. The Community Room, where we normally hold these meetings, is small with poor ventilation and  thus not suitable for any size crowd. I hope that in the fall we can begin hosting meetings in person. The Community Room is also a meeting space for our senior citizens so keeping them safe will be an important factor in deciding our public access policy.

All outgoing voice messaging must be updated to clarify that Town Hall is open and that staff are here on a regular schedule. Our webpage message will be updated and all signage should reflect these changes.

As the pandemic continues to unfold The Town Board, working under the direction of The Governor’s Office and Orange County officials, will update our  emergency response as necessary. These plans are all subject to change. 


We continue to move forward and strengthen our community. So, stay safe, work together, and continue to help those most in need.


Respectfully,  Ken English - Town Supervisor


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COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE COUNTY & THE STATE

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 10/22/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 10/21/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 10/20/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 10/19/2020

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 10/16/2020

 
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Orange County Town-by-Town Map of Positive Cases - Posted 9/22/2020

As of October 13, Tuxedo has 83 Active cases of Covid-19

Click here to visit the Orange County NY Active Covid Cases by Town Website


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Community Resources: 

  • If you know or suspect someone despicably price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220 or Local Consumer Affairs at 845-360-6700. 
  • The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and informational website. 
  • The CDC's Recommendations for vulnerable populations can be found here.
  • The CDC Guidelines for Childcare Centers and K-12 Schools can be found here
  • Online Alcoholics-Anonymous Meetings can be found here. 
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley can help navigate housing/landlord issues: 877-574-8529. 
  • Orange County Department of Health: 845-291-2332
  • Rockland County Department of Health: 845-364-2512
  • Ulster County Department of Health: 845-340–3150

Important FAQ’s:

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

How is the virus spread?

This virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

How do I protect myself?

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

My office remains operational if we can be of any assistance: skoufis@nysenate.gov / 845-567-1270.

I will continue to provide you with the most up to date information. Be safe, take care, and know that I’m working overtime to provide our communities with support and financial relief during this time. 


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Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update From Senator James Skoufis - Posted 3/15/20

Dear Friends:

My team and I are working each day on Coronavirus-related issues as well as doing our best to communicate timely updates to you all and our Senate District. Since we last emailed, a number of measures that I’ve called for have been implemented, namely:

1) The 180-day instructional mandate in our schools has been waived; our local schools will not be penalized if they drop below that number. 

2) Visitation has been temporarily halted at our state correctional facilities. This ought to be extended to the Office of Mental Health facilities. 

Additionally:

  • All schools in Orange and Ulster counties are due to close for two weeks. Rockland County government will be making an announcement on this issue tomorrow.

  • Petitioning for this November’s elections has been cut off two weeks short in order to limit the door-to-door signature gathering that traditionally takes place. 

  • Drive-through testing sites are being set up around the state. The first one opened a couple of days ago in New Rochelle.

  • Effective tomorrow, there will be a one-week moratorium on evictions. 

  • Only medically-necessary visits to nursing homes are permitted. 

  • Utilities are prohibited from shutting off services to customers that are affected by Coronavirus. 

  • West Point is no longer allowing non-essential visitors. 

  • Half capacity regulations have been implemented. This means that only 50% of the legal occupancy of a facility is now permitted. 

  • The state is working on maximizing existing hospitals and building more hospital bed capacity in anticipation for the coming weeks.

  • Over 5,000 people have been tested, including over 400 tests performed since last night. Much more is needed, but New York State has the most robust testing regiment in the country.

  • DMVs are directed to move to appointment-only so as to avoid crowds. 

Many of our local businesses are struggling during this time. I encourage you to order take-out or buy gift cards from your favorite restaurants and shops to help support them through this challenging period. 

Most schools are closed in our Senate District starting this upcoming week,but importantly: if your child relies on free or reduced meals at school, please make sure to check with your district for meal pickup times.

 


What are the numbers? 

As of today, there are 729 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in NYS with 6 cases in Orange County, 14 in Rockland County and 5 in Ulster County. These numbers are expected to rapidly change. 

 


Important Resources: 

If you know or suspect someone despicably price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220 or Local Consumer Affairs at 845-360-6700

The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and informational website. 

The Center for Disease Control’s Recommendations for vulnerable populations can be found here.

 


Important FAQ’s:

Who do I contact if I have symptoms?

Please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330 BEFORE going to a medical facility. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms, it’s essential to also call your medical provider prior to going to a facility. 

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

How is the virus spread?

This virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

How do I protect myself?

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

My office remains open if we can be of any assistance: skoufis@nysenate.gov / 845-567-1270.

I will continue to provide you with the most up to date information. Be safe, take care, and know that I’m working around the clock on this issue.

 

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