RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE VILLAGE OF TUXEDO PARK
From The Mayor's Desk - Covid 19 Update -Orange County Covid-19 Update (posted November 2, 2020)
Clearly, cases and hospital stays have increased in areas of the country, and unfortunately, there have been increases in Orange County too. In today’s Times Herald-Record Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus has reminded residents that while there have been numerous new cases in population centers of Palm Tree, Newburgh, Middletown, the Town of Wallkill, and New Windsor. Statistically, Orange County recorded 155 people testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the county's total to 13,859 since the start of the pandemic. The county's total number of COVID-19 deaths rose by one to 508. Please use all CDC recommended precautions.
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.
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.
Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update From Senator James Skoufis - Posted 3/15/20
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.
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.
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.
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.