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Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order delaying the Village Election until April 28, 2020. The Village of Scarsdale appreciates the efforts of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Governor Cuomo in delaying our Village election in order to protect the residents of Scarsdale and to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. More information to come.
County Executive George Latimer declared a State of Emergency, ordering that all public and private schools in Westchester County close for 14-days in response to COVID-19. The order may be extended if conditions warrant.This action was necessary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. See the Scarsdale Schools website for their update on this topic.In addition, in collaboration with the states of New Jersey and Connecticut, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Executive Order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 50 people, mandating that restaurants and bars be limited to takeout and delivery, only, and closing gyms, movie theaters, and casinos.In order to help reduce the potential for our hospitals to be overwhelmed, please continue to follow the CDC guidance, including practicing Social Distancing.
Scarsdale has suffered what appears to be its first death in connection with COVID-19. Please check our press release for more information. Also, please note that our Twitter account, @ScarsdaleGov, which is accessible to anyone with Internet access (one does not need a Twitter account) is a really good way to get timely updates.As our staff are very busy working with federal, state, and county officials to help protect our residents, we will not be routinely updating this page of our website, though we will be sharing substantial information with our residents through other sources, principally press releases and Twitter. Other communication channels will also be used, as appropriate.If you believe you may be infected with COVID-19, please call your primary physician to discuss. If you are subject to a voluntary or precautionary quarantine, or believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case, please call the NYSDOH Hotline: (888) 364-3065 or the WCDOH Hotline at (866) 588-0195.General COVID-19 info is available by dialing 211 (WCDOH information line).Here are other official information sources:Scarsdale Public Schools: Scarsdale Public Schools AdministrationWestchester County: WCDOH COVID-19 Website New York State NYSDOH COVID-19 WebsiteFederal: CDC COVID-19 Website
This section contains updates received this week from Scarsdale Public Schools, Westchester County, and New York State. Please note that Scarsdale Schools provides timely community COVID-19 updates online.To support CDC social distancing guidance designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Village of Scarsdale has announced that all non-essential meetings at Village Hall are being canceled. See the press release here.
Please note that Scarsdale Schools announced that, out of an abundance of caution, all District schools will be closed through March 18, 2020. Similarly, the Village of Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has canceled all Seniors programs at the Girl Scout House.Importantly, the CDC encourages all older Americans and persons with underlying health conditions to practice social distancing, including such actions as avoiding events involving large groups of people, postponing unnecessary travel, and not using public transportation or ride-sharing services -- simply try to stay home.For the most recent cleaning and disinfection protocols, see here. Village Hall has already initiated disinfection and cleaning protocols, including both our public and non-public areas.Please also note that The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at (888) 364-3065, where Department of Health experts will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.Residents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for press releases from Westchester County and the State of New York in order to receive the most timely and accurate information available. This update is provided for a convenience to our residents, but is not a substitute for accessing and reviewing the important, timely information resources available through the County, State, and Federal government.Should any specific local actions be requested of the public in response to COVID-19, Village personnel will provide public notification through appropriate messaging channels designed to reach all Scarsdale households. There is no indication of the need to undertake such mass communication at this time.
The last section below, "Please Rely Upon the Resources Below for Current Information and Advisories," provides direct web links for you to access such timely, accurate information. Please be sure to avail yourself of the abundant factual information available so as to avoid potentially misleading or inaccurate second-hand information.
The most recent State, County, and local public updates are provided directly below, organized by author (see the CDC website for any available Federal updates):
Scarsdale Public Schools
Scarsdale Schools Update as of March 08, 2020
Westchester County (WC COVID-19 Website)
Westchester County COVID-19 Press Release: FAQ Hotline and Bee-Line Buses, March 04, 2019
Chinese and Spanish COVID-19 FAQs Available
County Executive George Latimer COVID-19 Press Conference Video: March 03, 2019
Westchester County COVID-19 Press Release: Young Israel of New Rochelle, March 03, 2019
Westchester County COVID-19 Press Release: COVID-19 in Westchester (CDC Info), March 03, 2019
Westchester County COVID-19 Press Release: First Confirmed Westchester Case, March 03, 2019
New York State (NYS COVID-19 Website)
Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency, March 07, 2020NYSDOH Issue Testing and Quarantine Guidance, March 06, 2020Governor Cuomo COVID-19 Update, March 05, 2020
Governor Cuomo COVID-19 Update, Study Abroad Program Info, March 04, 2020
As Village Manager Pappalardo related in his detailed briefing on local Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) preparedness measures at the Village Board meeting held on February 25, 2020, we’ve all been following the daily reports on the COVID-19 infectious disease, commonly referred to more simply as “ the coronavirus.” Scarsdale Schools has also issued a Coronavirus Update.
The resources in the section below will help you to stay up-to-date with respect to public health messaging on the topic of COVID-19, including steps you and your family can take to reduce the spread of this and other respiratory viruses.
Importantly, the Federal, New York State, and Westchester County public health officials and their respective agencies constitute lead agencies in responding to a threat of this nature. As such, these sources should be the primary trusted news outlets for current, accurate information.
The Village of Scarsdale may assist any Federal, State, or County agency in disseminating public information we are requested; sign-up for Notify Me to be sure to receive any such updates by your choice of email or text (select the two lists with gold stars and be sure to respond to the emailed confirmation request after subscribing).
Mass media and less formal news channels, including social media, range from fair to poor sources of information about COVID-19, so it is important to be selective in where you choose to access information to inform your actions taken in response to COVID-19.
All residents are encouraged to:
Federal: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC is maintaining a timely and informative COVID-19 website, with English, Spanish, and Chinese documents available. The site includes a variety of reliable insights and advisory information, such as:
The CDC has also published a series of informative video shorts:
New York State: New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
The NYSDOH hotline at (888) 364-3065 has Department of Health experts available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.
Similar to the CDC, the NYSDOH is providing public health updates through its Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage. The site includes such information as:
The NYSDOH has also published a brief COVID-19 Video.
Westchester County: Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH)
The WCDOH has also created a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage. The site includes general Coronavirus information available on the other sites and links to various information resources, including such examples as:
If you are under self-quarantine or believe you have exposure (within six feet) to a known case, call the Westchester County hotline at (866) 588-0195. Residents may also obtain COVID-19 information by calling 211.Scarsdale Public Schools: Scarsdale Public Schools Administration
Scarsdale Public Schools has created a webpage where they share school-related COVID-19 updates and information. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the page to gain insights into actions Scarsdale Schools is taking to safeguard the student population.
Summary NotesAll members of the Scarsdale community are encouraged to access and utilize COVID-19 information and advisories from the CDC, NYSDOH, and WCDOH, as opposed to less reliable news and information resources. Use the links provided above in order to stay current, as public health information will be updated by the various lead agencies as needed, typically daily.
Again, for detailed local COVID-19 preparedness insights, please review Manager Pappalardo’s February briefing and the updates published by Scarsdale Schools. Please also be sure to sign-up for Notify Me to receive any non-emergency information the Village of Scarsdale should be requested to disseminate on behalf of our Federal, State, or County public health agency partners. Should local emergency notifications be needed, the Village of Scarsdale mass notification system will be activated; however, no such need is presently anticipated.
The resources outlined herein will help you to stay up-to-date with respect to public health messaging on the topic of COVID-19, including steps you and your family can take to reduce the spread of this and other respiratory viruses.