March 16, 2020 – In response to the pandemic outbreak of CoVID-19 commonly referred to as Coronavirus, a viral pathogen that is highly contagious and spread through airborne exposure as well as through bodily fluids, the Town of Wawayanda is taking the following measures to help protect our employees and the general public.
The Town issued State of Emergency beginning 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 to expire at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020. This State of Emergency may be extended after evaluation prior to its expiration.
The State of Emergency includes the CLOSURE of all Town Buildings to the General Public. All Town meetings and court are cancelled.
Those that have water bills can pay them by mailing a check to the Wawayanda Town Hall.
Property Tax Bills can be paid online using the Town’s website https://egov.basgov.com/wawayanda/
The Last day for tax collection: March 31st, 9am- 4pm.
Here is a list of Town Department phone numbers for public contact:
Court – 845-355-5700, Option 1
Town Clerk – 845-355-5700, Option 3
Supervisor’s Office – 845-355-5700, Option 4
Water & Sewer – 845-355-5700, Option 5
Highway – 845-355-5700, Option 6
Code Enforcement – 845-355-500, Option 7
Planning / Zoning Board – 845-355-5700, Option 8
Assessor’s Office – 845-355-5700, Option 9
Lastly and most important is the hope to keep all of you safe by limiting exposure and taking precautionary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here is information to help you:
- CoVID-19: Commonly known as Coronavirus, a viral pathogen that is highly contagious and spread through airborne exposure as well as through bodily fluids.
- Universal Precautions: Assumption that all potential bodily fluids and patients are potentially infectious and should be treated accordingly by use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and proper decontamination
- Exposure: When an eye, mouth, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin comes into contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials, or when these substances are injected or infused under the skin; when an individual is exposed to a person who has a disease, including CoVID-19 that can be passed through the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing (i.e., tuberculosis), or the individual is in an area that was occupied by such a person. An
event in which a department member is in the immediate presence of a subject showing symptoms of CoVID-19.
II. General Information and Symptoms
- The symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after
- Symptoms can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and shortness of
- It is spread mainly from person to person via respiratory droplets among close contact. These droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and can land in the mouth or nose, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of people who are
- It can live up to 9 days on external surfaces (i.e. desks, counters, doorknobs).
III. To protect yourself from exposure:
- Practice Social Distancing: If possible, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet - “The 6 Foot Rule”.
- Practice proper hand hygiene – Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60%
- Do not touch your face with unwashed
- Ensure that only emergency personnel that are wearing PPE have contact with individuals who have or may have the coronavirus, show symptoms or suspected to have a fever with cough, shortness of breath or flu like
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that when law enforcement personnel make contact with individuals confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus, they should utilize personal protective equipment. At a minimum they should have:
- Rubber Gloves
- N-95 Particulate Respirator
- Eye Protection
IV. Personal Hygiene
- Any staff members who feel ill or have potential exposure to the virus should not report to work.
- Supervisors should be monitoring their personnel appropriately, and sending individuals home if necessary.
- In order to minimize potential exposure to communicable diseases, personnel must considerthat all persons are potential carriers of a communicable disease and that all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious material. Proper use of PPE, and proper decontamination after contact, should be followed at all times to minimize the risk of exposure.
- STAY HOME WHEN SICK, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
- Avoid handshakes and increase your awareness when touching surface materials.
- Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and adhere to the 6-foot rule when interacting with others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.