April 9, 2021.
Hamilton County Public Health Launches website
Provides Vaccine Clinic info, covid testing and more!
April 7, 2021
From Hamilton County Public Health – Update
Positive Cases: 0
Under Quarantine: 0
Community Testing Options:
Lake Pleasant Fire Department: 10-11 am
Indian Lake Old Stewarts: 10-11 am
Long Lake Town Hall: 10-11 am
Wells Community Hall: 10-11 am
Inlet Town Hall 10-11 am
Wells Community Hall 4-6 pm
First Dose Registration Link: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BF51ED24A0650EAEE0530A6C7C164834
2nd Dose Clinic – Long Lake Town Hall 1-3 pm
Lake Pleasant School 5-7 pm
Indian Lake School 4-6 pm
First Dose Registration Link: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BEEA18BB30A813E6E0530A6C7C16CED7
Travel: Quarantine is not required for domestic travelers returning to NYS. It is required for individuals who develop symptoms to immediately self-isolate and contact HCPH or their healthcare providers for testing.
Social Gathering Limits
Venues are allowed to open to 75% capacity, with no more than 150 attendees inside or 500 people outside.
Gatherings above the Social Gathering Limits – must complete attached form and submit to HCPH to have on file.
Contact Tracing: Responsible parties must require each attendee to sign-in to the event, providing their full name, date of birth, address, email and phone number for use in potential contact tracing efforts.
For any event, responsible parties must require and ensure that all attendees over the age of 2 years have received a negative covid test prior to the event, or proof of vaccination.
Responsible parties must implement mandatory health screening for employees, event staff and attendees prior to the event addressing the following questions:
Do you have a temperature of greater than 100.4 degrees F?
Have you been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?
Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?
Have you been compliant with travel advisory?
Additional guidance on distancing, face coverings, controlled movement and activities (dancing) can be found on page 9 of the guidance document.
March 30th, 2021
Last week marked 52nd week of the public health pandemic.
By the numbers in Hamilton County
Testing: 347 Testing Clinics
Contact Tracing/Investigations: 312 postive cases and over 1200 contacts on quarantine
First Dose Clinics: 46 clinics & 3268 first doses given
Second Dose Clinics: 35 clinics & 2163 2nd doses given
Hamilton County Residents receiving at least 1 does is 2643
As of Tuesday 3/30/2021 there are 0 cases of Covid positive cases in Hamilton County. 0 quarantines. There are 312 Recovered Covid-19 Cases total.
Current investigations: One positive with 4 contacts.
Exposure at Sunrise Diner in Speculator on March 29th, 2021 because the hours of 12pm – 12:30pm
Next 1st Dose Clinic is Thursday, April 1st, Lake Pleasant School 4pm – 6pm.
Link to registration
Starting March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House. Eligible New Yorkers can make an appointment at ny.gov/GetVaccinated or by calling the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
Link to Excelsior Pass: https://epass.ny.gov/home
Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Access Your Pass On the Go.
Print your Pass or use the Excelsior Pass Wallet app to store Passes on a mobile device for easy access at any time.
Easily present your Pass at participating businesses and become part of New York’s safe reopening. Businesses will scan your Pass with a mobile device or tablet.
To receive your Pass, you’ll need to complete some brief information to verify your identity.
Any personal information provided is processed in compliance with data protection laws. It’s not used for marketing purposes.
March 25, 2021
UPDATED *** COVID-19 VACCINATION 1ST DOSE CLINICS ***
Two FIRST DOSE clinics available!
Friday, March 26th ; 4:00-6:00 PM at Indian Lake Central School
To REGISTER for the clinic please visit: 3/26/21 FIRST DOSE COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Indian Lake School:
Thursday, April 1st; 4:00-6:00 PM at Lake Pleasant Central School
To REGISTER for the clinic please visit: 4/1/2021: FIRST DOSE COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Lake Pleasant School 4-6 PM
COVID TESTING RETURNS
Tuesday, April 13, Long Lake Town Hall 10am – 11am – Please call 518-648-6497 to reserve your appointment. This is anticipation of return travlers after spring break.
FROM HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR
As this week marks the 52nd week.
We are moving from crisis response phase of the pandemic to the recovery phase..
All County Calls: 43 calls were held, which has been a resource for essential businesses, towns, county departments, schools, etc. with reopening and operating plans to prevent and manage COVID outbreaks
Testing: 347 COVID Testing Clinics
Contact Tracing/Investigations: 311 positive cases and over 1,200 contacts placed on quarantine
Vaccination: Over the past 10 weeks
First Dose Clinics: 46
3,268 first doses given
Second Dose Clinics: 35
2,163 second doses given
Hamilton County Residents who have received at least one dose of COVID: 2,643
Based on https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/hamiltoncountynewyork
26.9 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 154,705 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 8,029,749 total doses with 14.1 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: nygov/vaccinetracker.
COVID hospitalizations dropped to 4,641. Of the 207,496 tests reported yesterday, 7,278, or 3.51 percent, were positive. The 7-day average percent positivity is 3.34 percent. There were 918 patients in ICU yesterday, down seven from the previous day. Of them, 596 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 71 New Yorkers to the virus.
As of 11am this morning, 26.9 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 154,705 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 8,029,749 total doses with 14.1 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: nygov/vaccinetracker.
March 11, 2021
Starting this week those over the age of 60 are eligible for the vaccine
Beginning March 17, 2021
Public-facing government and public employees
Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
Essential in-person public-facing building service workers and providers of essential building services
The OFA and Hamilton County Waiting lists are very small! Please encourage people who are interested to let us know!
Contact Office of Aging at 518-761-6347
Hamilton County Waiting List: 518-648-6141
NYSDOH updated their guidance around fully vaccinated individuals who travel and those who are exposed to a positive case.
Please see the guidance below and let me know if you have any additional questions.
UPDATE: HEALTH ADVISORY: QUARANTINE FOR COMMUNITY PERSONS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
UPDATE to Interim Health Advisory: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure –
Including Quarantine and Furlough Requirements for Different Healthcare Settings
Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel
March 10, 2021
New Yorkers who are 60 and up can schedule an appointment. As our vaccination efforts continue, we cannot afford to loosen up our vigilance against this virus. New Yorkers should remain careful and patient as we stay laser-focused on getting more shots in arms.
COVID hospitalizations dropped to 4,798. Of the 205,616 tests reported yesterday, 6,489, or 3.16 percent, were positive. There were 999 patients in ICU yesterday, down 12 from the previous day. Of them, 686 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 58 New Yorkers to the virus.
As of 11am this morning, 19.9 percent of New Yorkers have completed at least one vaccine dose. Over the past 24 hours, 143,592 total doses have been administered. To date, New York administered 5,941,072 total doses with 9.8 percent of New Yorkers completing their vaccine series. See data by region and county on the State’s Vaccine Tracker: nygov/vaccinetracker.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
The CDC has announced Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Link Here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
Updated Mar. 8, 2021
This is the first set of public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. This guidance will be updated and expanded based on the level of community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the proportion of the population that is fully vaccinated, and the rapidly evolving science on COVID-19 vaccines.
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen ).†
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings.
Fully vaccinated people can:
Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Follow guidance issued by individual employers
Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
March 5, 2021
Sorry for delay on reporting data to this dashboard. We have been busy working with Hamilton County Public Health on the rollout of the vaccine.
Please continue to wear masks even if you have received your full two-shots of the vaccine. We are awaiting updates from NYS and CDC.
Also there are still travel restrictions in place, it is determined county by county.
For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:
For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
This currently applies to those who have received a vaccine. National Guard is still at the airports requesting travelers to fill out travel forms.
The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.
The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.
Hamilton County has not issued any local updates about vaccinated travel rules. Please stay tuned. If you have questions about traveling restrictions if vaccinated contact the Hamilton County Health department.
This week we reported 52 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County. Currently there are 63 active cases. Please be smart, avoid gatherings, wear your mask and socially distance yourself when in public.
Even if you’ve been vaccinated please wear a mask to protect others.
Friday, January 29, 2021
From the Hamilton County Health Medical Director
David G. Welch, MD
158 John Brown Rd
Lake Placid, NY 12946
SUPER BOWL WEEKEND PLANNING DURING COVID 19
We have been seeing a rapid increase in positive Covid cases in Hamilton County this week. While the increase has been most prominent in the southern part of the county, it has been seen throughout the county. It appears that the spread is being triggered primarily by small group contacts.
As we approach the Super Bowl weekend next week, we again face a great temptation to gather with friends and neighbors to watch and celebrate during the game. Like with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, such gatherings are ideal for becoming super spreader events. Such gatherings could be devastating for Hamilton County. Because we are already showing very active community spread, we have to assume that the virus is widespread throughout the county and because we know that asymptomatic persons can be infectious, we need to avoid gatherings.
We are leading the state in vaccination rates and there is a light at the end of our long tunnel but this is not the time to take chances. Watch the game with your own family. Don’t visit or invite friends over and don’t gather in a bar or restaurant to watch. The life you save could be your own.
Science has shown that the size of your gathering will not impact the outcome of the game regardless of how loudly you cheer.
From Hamilton County Public Health
January 28, 2021
Hamilton County Public Health would like to notify the public of a significant increase in lab-reported COVID-19 cases in specific areas of Hamilton County. Yesterday 29 Hamilton County residents tested positive, bringing our active case count to 59. As you can see things are getting dramatically worse.
All other towns have a case count lower than 6 positive cases, but should be cautious regardless. These cases have resulted in a significant number of exposures and quarantine notices. Wells Central School has stopped in person learning, and has gone remote.
If you have been in close contact with a positive case, self-quarantine and seek testing if you develop symptoms. The vaccine is coming, but our success depends on getting the number of positive cases under control. We can get through this together, but it will take time, patience, hard work and cooperation at all levels!
January 27, 2021
Hamilton County Public Health would like to notify the public of a significant increase in lab-reported COVID-19 cases in specific areas of Hamilton County.
Today, Monday, January 25th – 10 Hamilton County residents tested positive, bringing our active case count to 35.
* The Town of Indian Lake has 8 positive cases
* The Town of Wells has 8 positive cases
* The Town of Inlet has 6 positive cases.
This represents a very stark reminder that everyone needs to continue to abide by the guidelines, wear masks, maintain social distancing, avoid gatherings, etc. You don’t know who your friend, neighbor, or relative may have just been in contact with. People don’t always know they are Positive, until after you have been infected.
The number of COVID Positives are still a profound problem and will impede our ability to focus on vaccinations if we can’t get your help in stemming this trend!
We want to remind the public that if you are sick, stay home, do not assume you just have a cold. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, self-quarantine and seek testing if you develop symptoms.
The vaccine is coming, but our success depends on getting the of positive cases under control. We can get through this together, but it will take time, patience, hard work and cooperation at all levels!
VACCINE PRE-SCREEN REGISTRATION LINKS BELOW
Call to make appointment 1-833-NYS-4VAX
COVID 19 – INFORMATION FOR VACCINE CLINICS
Any LONG LAKE/RAQUETTE LAKE RESIDENT 65 or older who would like to get the COVID-19 vaccine: The Town of Long Lake will be compiling a list of individuals and their contact information to be forwarded to Hamilton County Public Health. Hamilton County Public Health will then contact you with sign-up information and the next available clinic. This applies to Long Lake/Raquette Lake residents only.
If you have already registered with the Hamilton County/Warren County Office of the Aging, you do not need to contact us to be included on this list.
PLEASE CALL 518-624-3077
4 new positive cases today, making it 14 new cases in 2 days.
FROM HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
Hamilton County Public Health has been busy this week with vaccination clinics. Thank you to everyone who assisted, volunteered and provided a location for us to do our clinic.
Next week Hamilton County Public Health will be focusing on vaccinating school employees.
As I’m sure you are well aware, there is a limited number of vaccines available statewide. The state websites are crashing frequently due to the high volume of use, adding to the frustration of those looking for a vaccination site. Due to the high demand, the appointments fill up very quickly. Hudson Headwaters reported at one of their clinics, almost 200 appointments were booked in 17 minutes.
Here are the links to the State Vaccination Sites as another resource for individuals looking for vaccine appointments.
NYSDOH AND GOVERNOR CUOMO OFFICE UPDATE 1.15
HIGHLIGHTS ONLY –
New York State has been receiving 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine a week and it is now dropping to 250,000 allocation of vaccine starting next week. There will be less vaccine available next week and at this current rate of vaccination, it will be mid-April before everyone in 1a and 1b are vaccinated.
There are 15 million people statewide eligible to receive the vaccine AGED 16 AND UP.
1a. population 2.1 million people 60% total vaccinated (as of 1/15)
1b. population 3.2 million people which includes 75 old plus population at 1.4 million and 65 plus population at 1.8 million people
NYSDOH is currently scheduling appointments up to 14 weeks in advance.
Roughly ½ the population of NYS population is now eligible to receive vaccine, but there is not enough supply. As the CDC increases the eligibility of who can receive vaccines, there is simply no supply to meet the demand. Every region gets a proportionate share of the dosages by population. No region is getting all the vaccine they need.
In the North Country 70% of our health care workers have been vaccinated.
Please be patient. Everyone is working as hard as they can to get info out to the public and to get more clinics up and running.
January 14, 2021
Vaccine Update – Sign up with Office of the Aging
If you are 60 and over and a resident of Hamilton County and have no access to a computer or are having difficulty registering on-line, you are invited to call the Hamilton County/Warren County Office of the Aging to be put on a vaccine alert waiting list. Please call 518-761-6347 or email email@example.com to be included.
The Office of the Aging will take your name, date of birth and town of residence. When vaccine clinics in Hamilton County open up the Office of the Aging will alert you about the availability of the clinic and can direct you to the registration link and / or assist you with the sign up.
If you do not have access to the internet the Office of the Aging requests that you ask a family member to help sign you up or you may request help to do the registration process over the phone. Office of the Aging will use firstname.lastname@example.org for registration for those that do not have an email so it is very important to please keep track of your appointment once it is made over the phone.
Link to additional Covid-19 Clinics https://www.hhhn.org/coronavirus/
These clinics are restricted to full- or part-time residents of Hamilton County aged 65 years or older. You do not need to be a patient of Hudson Headwaters to receive the vaccine. – REFRESH THIS PAGE TO WHEN THERE ARE NEW CLINICS POSTED. Also when appointments are canceled, new appointments become available.
New York State Department of Health Vaccination Program Guidance
Priority Groups Eligible to be Vaccinated
Some Thoughts on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from Dr. Rider
January 6, 2021
As of this moment, ~25 Million Americans have been diagnosed as having had COVID, but only a small fraction of them have died. This is not denying that it kills, but it only kills a minority, so mass panic is overkill.
The vaccine DOES NOT CAUSE THE DISEASE, is highly effective (“takes” in >90% of those who get it), but not a guarantee that you become “Viral Teflon.” 5-10% of those who get it will not “convert” and become immune, and no one knows which one they are unless they get an antibody test, WHICH INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE NOT PAYING FOR…”JUST TO KNOW.”
This vaccine became available much more quickly than previous vaccines. This is because several “hurdles” need to be crossed to go public with a vaccine. usually these are crossed sequentially (A->B->C->D->E, etc). In light of the urgency of developing this vaccine, the hurdles were all being crossed at the same time, thus allowing greatly reduced development time.
I know of no medical reason for most anybody not to get the vaccine. Pregnancy, lactation, immune diseases, or immune modifying drugs (including steroids like prednisone), current infectious symptoms, or history of severe allergy/anaphylaxis might give you reason to pause. You’ll need to fill out a questionnaire asking these types of things before anyone will give you the vaccine.
The vaccine is a series of two shots, and “full” immunity doesn’t “arrive” until weeks after the 2nd shot. Minimal age, based on which shot, is 16 or 18 years old.
No one knows at this point if those who get the shot are going to be deemed “special” or “privileged” citizens in society, compared to those who don’t.
No one knows, either, if quarantining, social distancing, and mask mandates will suddenly not apply to those who’ve had the shots.
I’m in the process of getting the vaccine, myself, right not to protect others more than out of concern for myself.
Our office WILL NOT be getting and administering it. In this County, the Nursing Service (the Local Health Department) administers it. HCPHNS@frontier.com (Or your health department in another County.)
I hope this helps to add a little light to the confusion and avoid unnecessary phone calls to the office.
Russell E. Rider, MD 518-624-2301
Fri 1/8 From Hamilton County Public Health
2 new positives and 2 recoveries today
Clinic Schedule for next week:
Call 518-648-6497 to sign up for a Covid Testing Clinic.
Vaccine Clinics are currently available for Group 1a only, registration info to follow next week. * All schedules subject to change without notice.
Monday: COVID Testing: Long Lake Town Hall 10-11 am
Tuesday: COVID Vaccine: Wells Community Hall 2-4 pm**
Wednesday: COVID Testing: Indian Lake Old Stewart’s Building 2-4 pm
Thursday: COVID Vaccine: Long Lake Town Hall 2-4 pm**
Friday: COVID Vaccine: Piseco School 2-4 pm**
If you feel sick, please stay home.
Vaccination Update for Hamilton County
Points of Dispensing
Registration for the POD’s will be done electronically through the links provided. It is required that individuals bring a form of picture ID and evidence of employment.
Thursday: 1/7/21: COVID Vaccination POD for 1a at Lake Pleasant Fire Department 1:00 – 5:00 pm
1a only: essential workers, fire, law enforcement, education, food/agriculture
Friday: 1/8/21: COVID Vaccination POD for 1a and 1b at Raquette Lake School 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 1/9/21: COVID Vaccination POD for 1a and 1b at Indian Lake Central School 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Future: Additional PODs (Points of Dispensing) will be set up for the next several weeks.
There has been a course correction for those eligible for vaccine distribution. . Only those in 1a. can sign up for vaccine clinics week of 1/4.
Eligibility Information by Group:
Vaccintion Dates to be Announced
1b:Other essential workers: Vaccination PODs for essential workers (Non-HCP) / 75+ year olds
Ex: Education, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, Police, Fire, Correction Officers, Transportation, People that work in stores to support the economy, including restaurants
1c: Adults with high risk medical conditions and those over the age of 65
2: Remainder of Phase 1 populations
3: General Population
Here is yesterday’s update from the Governor(see below).
Hamilton County Public Health tested roughly 160 people on Monday and Tuesday, with 8 Positive already, without all the send out results being back. Eight Positives have us at a 5% Positive rate, without those additional results.
While overall since Thanksgiving, the North Country and Hamilton County have done better than the State, it doesn’t take very much behavior to change that quickly. We are doing everything we can in the County to stay ahead of the Testing, Tracking, and Tracing, but we need community and individual support.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everything we have done from the start of this pandemic has been based on the facts, and the facts are that COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all on the rise all across the country. We are on an unsustainable trajectory and if we don’t act now, hospitals could become overwhelmed come January,” Governor Cuomo said. “Right now, New York is focused on growing hospital capacity through our Surge and Flex program and requiring hospital systems to begin working together so they are prepared. As those operations continue, it’s on all of us to be smart, tough, and do what we know stops the spread – socially distance, wear masks and wash our hands. The goal is to avoid another shut down and we will only be able to do that if we all do our part.”
Today’s New York Statewide data is summarized briefly below:
Test Results Reported – 194,188
Positive Test Results – 10,353
Positivity – 5.33%
Patient Hospitalization – 5,982 (+270)
Patients Newly Admitted – 743
Hospital Counties – 56
Number ICU – 1,065 (+25)
Number ICU with Intubation – 580 (+8)
Total Discharges – 92,136 (+376)
Deaths – 128
Total Deaths – 28,002
Friday, December 11, 2020
HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE
Erica Mahoney, DPT
Director of Public Health
Public Health Programs:
Fax: (518) 648-6143
www.hamiltoncounty.com PO Box 250, 139 White Birch Lane
Indian Lake, Ny 12842
Public Health Update
December 11, 2020
Hamilton County has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks, with an average of 10 cases per week. While this increase began before Thanksgiving, that holiday brought visitors from all over the state and country into Hamilton County. The positive cases we are seeing right now are linked primarily to small family gatherings and holiday travelers, and we expect to see more holiday related cases over the next several weeks.
When reporting health information to the public, we must keep a few things in mind to ensure we are staying in compliance with NYSDOH and legally protecting the rights of those involved. We understand that many are curious about the number of positive cases in each town, but the most important thing for you to know is that COVID is currently hitting every area of Hamilton County and the number of cases in each town fluctuates on a daily basis. We have started posting regular updates to the Hamilton County Public Health Facebook page, including positive cases, recovered cases and upcoming COVID testing clinics.
As an attempt to follow NYSDOH guidance, the law securing the right to privacy (HIPAA) and following best public health practices, town by town data will not be released unless the positive COVID case count in any one town is greater than 6. This is not a political decision, but rather one based on science and protecting the privacy of those affected by COVID. In the event of a possible exposure at a public location or event, the public will be notified through a press release. Examples could include a gas station where one or more attendees tested positive, or a restaurant where patrons may have been exposed during certain hours.
One of the critical responsibilities of the local public health department is to test, trace and isolate COVID cases. This process has been very effective throughout this pandemic. Many of our cases over the summer were traced back to travelers and second home owners. Currently we are tracing cases back to small gatherings and holiday visitors.
When someone tests positive for COVID we look back 48 hours and all of those in close contact with the positive case are required to quarantine. This process works and is effective at containing the spread, however it relies heavily on the honesty of the positive case and all involved. If the positive case had been in contact with 20 people during their infectious period, but only provided us a list of 5 individuals, then that would leave 15 people who were exposed to COVID out in the community, working, attending school and potentially infecting others.
We did have a spike in Hamilton County, but the data from this week is showing that things are improving. The only way we will be able to control the spread of COVID within our communities is if we all continue to work together. Should our infection rate continue to climb, there will be consequences. Schools will be forced to go remote. Indoor dining will be shut down with takeout options only. Chairman Farber states, “Hamilton County will be impacted in a profound and long-term way if we start losing restaurants to closure. If we shut down again here, I am not convinced many of them will stay open for takeout or ever try to reopen.”
We know that vaccines are on the way, but it will take several months for them to be distributed and become effective at decreasing the nationwide infection rate. Therefore, we are urging the public to continue to be cautious and safe this holiday season. If you are sick, stay home. If you need a test, please contact our office at (518) 648-6497 and we will help you. If you are symptomatic and awaiting test results, please self-quarantine until your test results come back.
Erica Mahoney, Director of Public Health for Hamilton County
William Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors
David Welch, MD, Medical Director for Hamilton County
Charles R. Getty, Jr., Hamilton County Attorney
Check List for Covid-19
This is a compilation of guidance and info from Hamilton County Public Health and the CDC.
1. Everyone has to be diligent. We are all in this together.
2. Assume that everyone has COVID-19. Remember that your social “circle” must be kept very very small.
3. Mask up, stay 6 feet apart, keep your visits brief, less than 15 minutes if you are in close proximity – even with masks! CDC changed the definition about contact time with a potentially infected person to mean 15 total minutes, not necessarily consecutive minutes, but 15 minutes over the period of 24 hours.
Wear your mask inside if you share space with anyone
New best practice Wear masks outside even when you are 6 feet apart.
4. SOCIAL DISTANCE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE!
5. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK.
If you have what you think is a cold and a mild sore throat, a SNIFFLE or a stomach-ache or all of the above or more PLEASE PLEASE STAY HOME.
Just ASSUME IT IS COVID. Go to your doctor and get tested!
IF YOU HAVE — Mild cold symptoms, ASSUME IT IS COVID-19. If you ARE SICK STAY HOME!
These are unprecedented times requiring unprecedented responses and we need to be hyper vigilant even if it feels like an over-reaction. Better to over-react and be wrong then under-react and see more community spread.
If your symptoms persist, please call your primary care provider or call Hamilton County Health Department at 518-648-6497. Even if it seems like “NOTHING” it could actually be something.
Don’t panic, but please, be vigilant. And don’t feel alone! Feeling isolated makes everything feel worse, so please let someone know if you aren’t feeling well.
What is the takeaway? Even with no symptoms or mild symptoms you can SPREAD this virus.
6. Please keep track of your activities and contacts. Try and take mental notes and remember everywhere you’ve gone. Contact tracing during community spread is a monstrous task. Help do your part by keeping track of your closest contacts! Less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 total minutes.
7. Wash Your Hands
8. Can’t repeat this enough, please stay home if you are sick. Mild sore throat and aches, mean sick. Please stay home.
9. Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this month of Holiday Celebrations.
November 19, 2020
David G. Welch, MD
Hamilton County Public Health
HAMILTON COUNTY COVID 19 UPDATE:
We have been in the battle against the spread of Covid 19 since March 2020. We began with a state mandated “lockdown” that pretty much put everything on hold for a while. Restaurants, bars, gyms, schools, churches and stores all closed except for “essential” services. Those interventions worked very well in Hamilton County and as we moved into summer we were able to slowly re-open many services although on a limited basis and with many cleaning and distancing regulations in place.
Everyone in Hamilton County did an outstanding job at controlling the virus and we had remarkably few cases. Even visitors for the most part respected our efforts and cooperated and we avoided the kind of outbreaks that many resort areas had during the summer months.
In September, we were able to open our schools for full time in class education while many other areas were on limited schedules and many students were still attending remotely. Through all of this time, we had virtually no community spread of the disease and our few cases could be traced to an outside contact. This was either a local citizen visiting an out of county location and then returning or could be traced to a visitor to the county.
Beginning in November however THINGS HAVE CHANGED. Nationally, we are seeing a huge spike in Covid activity and for the first time this is really hitting even rural areas like Hamilton County. Places like North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana are showing some of the highest per-capita increases in disease in the world. Our surrounding counties are also showing spikes in activity.
Over the past 10 days, things have also changed in Hamilton County. For the first time, we are seeing local community spread of the disease. In just the past week we have seen nearly 30% of all the positive cases we have had since the beginning of the pandemic in March.
Our small population allows us to actively track and trace these cases and Erica Mahoney and her Public Health staff have been doing an excellent job in this regard. The problem is that now we are likely to have people in the county who are carrying and spreading the disease but who are asymptomatic or don’t know they have it. Therefore, we need the cooperation of everyone in the county. We have the double problem that the flu and cold season has also started and many flu and cold symptoms overlap with Covid symptoms. Only a medical evaluation and testing can distinguish between these different diseases.
We all need to be on heightened alert. If you feel sick at all, we need to presume first that this could be Covid. Therefore, please isolate yourself from others until it can be confirmed that it is or is not due to Covid. Stay at home, monitor your symptoms and seek medical advice or consultation regarding possible testing.
We need to double down on distancing and wearing a mask. Knowing that there is community spread occurring in the county, you have to presume that everyone you contact could be carrying the disease. Keep contacts as rare and as brief as possible. Wear your mask and stay as far apart as possible, even if outside. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. The state has limited both private and public groups to less than 10 people and the smaller such groups the better. Seriously consider limiting your Thanksgiving to those who live in your home this year and Zoom with the rest of your family and friends.
We don’t want to go back to the lockdown status of last spring and we want to keep our schools open but this requires that everyone be on maximal alert. Don’t take chances. When in doubt, contact a medical provider and get tested.
From Ham Co Public Health Nursing Service 11.18.2020
There are two additional positives. Three people tested positive using rapid tests at one of our clinics, however one of the individuals lives in Fulton County. We also had one positive case recover and come off of isolation.
Tomorrow Hamilton County Public health will be doing testing at 10:00 am for Indian Lake Faculty and Adirondack Health will be in Long Lake from 9 – 11 am.
Need a Covid Test?
–* Hamilton County – by appointment
–* Warren County – by appointment
–* HHHN – contact primary care provider
–* Adirondack Medical Center – call 518-897-2462
–* Warren County is working with Glens Falls Pediatrics, Adirondack Pediatrics and Irongate Center to ramp up testing capacity.
–Hudson Headwaters Rapid Tests are Available!
Ham Co Public Health by appointment 518-648-6497.
North Creek Health Center 518-251-2541. By appt.
Adirondack Medical Center 518-897-2462 – by appt.
Warrensburg Health Center 518-623-2844 by appt.
Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.
If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies including pharmacies and medical practices or not-for-profit organizations, you are advised to check with the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.
Your local health department is your community contact for COVID19 concerns.