Senate Update on Coronavirus From Senator
Key in this update is Bill S5092 – IF PASSED ..
I know the emergence of Coronavirus has generated some anxiety; please know I will continue to provide you with the most up to date information.
Here are some local updates:
As of today, there are 325 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in NYS with 1 new case in Orange County, 7 in Rockland County and 4 in Ulster County. These numbers are expected to change rapidly. The state has been approved to conduct lab testing in 28 different labs, increasing the number of test sites available.
This past weekend, New York State declared a State of Emergency which will allow for increased hiring of staff, expedited purchasing of supplies and equipment, and the power to address price gouging that many consumers have reported. If you know or suspect someone despicably price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220.
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:
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:
Who can I contact for more information?
The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24 Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and website.
The CDC has recently recommended that vulnerable populations, such as seniors and those with compromised immune systems, take special precautions to minimize their risks. Those recommendations can be found here.
I urge everyone to listen to healthcare providers and take reasonable precautions, depending upon your age and health. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your doctor before proceeding to a health care facility to minimize potential spread. I’m here to support you all and be a resource for information, so please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Most importantly, take care.