Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For general questions, the public may contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer questions, Monday – Friday 8:00 am- 8:00 pm.  After hours, you may leave a voicemail message that will be returned.

Healthcare Providers

To report a person under investigation (PUI) for this infection, immediately contact the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) Center for Disease Prevention & Control at (845) 364-2997 between 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday, & at (845) 364-8600 during after-hours & on weekends.  See the links below for clinical guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

NYSDOH Information:

CDC Information:

For the most up to date information on the 2019 novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19/index.html 

 What is a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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A novel coronavirus (COVID-19 ) is a new virus that has not been previously found in humans. The virus can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia.

Because it is new, there is no current vaccine or treatments available. The risk to New Yorkers of getting this new coronavirus is low. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

This new virus is primarily seen in China but has been identified in many other countries including in the United States.

Symptoms

Information to date suggests that COVID-19 causes mild-to-moderate illness and flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, it can cause complications such as pneumonia.

Prevention

Take the same precautions that you would during cold and flu season:

  • 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.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Current Travel Advisory for China?

As of February 2nd, new protocols are being conducted for individuals entering the US that have traveled within and through China. For more information, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china