What You Need to Know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

September 14, 2021

Westchester County COVID-19 Dashboard:

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Westchester County      (updated 9/13/21)
     Positive Coronavirus Cases: 139,332
     Tested: 3,433,497
                                                     
Somers NY        (updated 9/13/21)
    Positive Coronavirus Cases: 2,289
    Active Cases: 50
     New Cases: 9

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April 29, 2021

2 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of April 29th. We had4 new cases two days ago and 0 new cases at the beginning of the week. There are currently 41 active COVID cases in the Somers community bringing our cumulative positive COVID-19 count to 2016. Our new and active cases in the community are decreasing which is an encouraging sign. It is important now more than ever to follow virus prevention, wear mask, wash hands, get vaccinated, and social distance when appropriate as there are new guidelines for outdoor mask wearing. Use common sense. Vaccine distributed under in Phase 1b now includes those who are16+. Please make every effort to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up.

You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 30, 2021:

This week we had less than ten COVID-19 positive inpatients per day at NWH. We are optimistic that this represents progress in fighting the virus and that this is due in part to community vaccination. We know that there are still people who have vaccine hesitancy and nationally, there are an abundance of vaccine appointments going unused. We are close to 80% vaccination of our team members and continue to move forward towards a goal of 100%. Many staff were hesitant and then decided to get vaccinated. Some are sharing why they got vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.

If you know eligible community members who need a vaccine appointment, encourage them to visit:

· The Northwell Health website whichlists sites administered by a Northwell facility. Appointments are available at Chappaqua Crossing and we are running a large scale community program on Saturday, May 1.

· The New York State Department of Health website which lists appointments available at the State run vaccination sites.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

April 15, 2021

11 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of April 15th. There are currently 103 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Our active cases in the community have decreased to 103 which is a step in the right direction, however our new cases are back into double digits. It is important now more than ever to follow virus prevention, wear mask, wash hands, and social distance. Vaccine distributed under in Phase 1b now includes those who are 16+. Please make every effort to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 16, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

As you heard this week in the news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended a temporary pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Janssen PharmaceuticalCOVID-19 vaccine.

 

This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution after six women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 48 experienced severe blood clots that occurred between 6 to 13 days after vaccination. These instances appear to be extremely rare—the six reported cases were among the nearly 7 million doses of the J&J vaccine administered in the United States.

 

We are following the CDC and FDA recommendation and pausing the use of the J&J vaccine in vaccination sites we operate while these and other federal, state and local health and safety agencies evaluate the cases and prepare further guidance. We are keeping all COVID-19 vaccine points of distribution (PODs) operational and will administer Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in place of J&J, as supply allows.

 

If you have additional questions, visit our digital vaccine hub for more information.

The health and well-being of the community we care for is our top priority. We continue to encourage your loved ones to take the vaccine when it is available to them. The vaccine remains our best defense in fighting the pandemic.

Now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is on hold, there may be limited appointments at some vaccination centers. We encourage eligible individuals looking to schedule a vaccine appointment, to visit these sites for appointment availability:

 

The New York State Department of Health website: www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. This site lists appointments that are available at the State run vaccination sites.

 

The Northwell Health website: https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007TWHNEA4. This website lists vaccination sites that are administered by a Northwell facility. Please note that NWH plans to add new first dose appointments to this list of available registrations in the next couple of days so we encourage you to revisit this link for available appointments at Chappaqua Crossing.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

April 11, 2021

6 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of April 11th. There are currently 116 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Our active cases in the community have decreased to 116 which is a step in the right direction. It is important now more than ever to follow virus prevention, wear mask, wash hands, and social distance. Vaccine distributed under Phase 1b now includes those who are 16+ as well as forward facing government and not-for profit workers. Please make every effort to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 2, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

There are positive signs of progress all around us.  This week, we lowered our Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) status from a Level II to a Level I.  HICS is a methodology used to assist hospitals in improving their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for planned and unplanned events and gives us a framework on which to build a response quickly and scale it to fit the magnitude of the situation. While we remain prepared to handle any increase in COVID-19 cases, we feel that the trend in patient admissions has stabilized to the point where we can operate at a HICS Level I.  

 

This week, we will reach another milestone when we discharge our 800th inpatient from treatment for COVID-19. We also continue to provide monoclonal antibody therapy treatments in our Field Hospital and have now treated over 1,095 outpatients.

 

As you know, this week New York State expanded vaccine eligibility to include anyone age 16 and older.  We administered the vaccine to our first 16year old community member this week at our vaccination pod at Chappaqua Crossing.  To read more about our rollout to the age 16 and overpopulation, click here.

Community members who are looking to book an appointment can continue to use these websites:

· The New York State Department of Health website. This site lists appointments that are available at the State run vaccination sites.

· The Northwell Health website. This website lists vaccination sites that are administered by a Northwell facility.

 

We are also excited to announce that we have received approval to open a large scale vaccination site in our area. We are moving ahead to prepare this site to provide vaccination of up to 1,300 people per day and hope to be operational in the next few weeks. When open, we will relocate all of our community vaccination pods to this site and will close our Chappaqua Crossing vaccine pod so that we can maximize our resources and reach a larger portion of our community.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

April 1, 2021

19 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of April 1st. There are currently 142 active COVID cases in the Somers community. What is going on Somers? Our new cases continue to increase at a time when more residents are being vaccinated. Are we not practicing mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing? What is troubling is that with more people getting vaccinated, why are our new cases not dropping? Could it be the new variants which are more transmissible?

 

Vaccine distributed under the current Phase now includes those who are 30+ as well as forward facing government and not-for profit workers. Please make every effort to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: April 9, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

New York Expands Eligibility Guidelines- The New York State vaccine eligibility guidelines have expanded and as of this week, anyone age 30 and over is eligible. As of April 6, anyone over age 16 will be eligible. Northwell is in the process of creating policies and procedures around vaccinating children ages 16 &17 and we will ensure that our processes are in place before we start administering the vaccine to this population. There are several options for people to make an appointment including:

 

The New York State Department of Health website: www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. Please note that this site only lists appointments that are available at the State run vaccination sites.

 

The Northwell Health website: www.northwell.edu/CovidVaccine. This site lists Northwell facilities that are offering vaccine appointments and includes NWH's vaccination pod at Chappaqua Crossing, when appointments are available.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

March 25, 2021

13 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of March 25th. There are currently 103 active COVID cases in the Somers community. We were experiencing single digit increases in new cases but have begun to creep up to double digits. Our active cases in the community have increased to 103, which is the second highest active case count in the county. What is troubling is that with more people getting vaccinated, why are our new cases not dropping? Could it be the new variants which are more transmissible? It is important now more than ever to follow virus prevention, wear mask, wash hands, and social distance. Vaccine distributed under in Phase 1b now includes those who are 50+ as well as forward facing government and not-for profit workers. Please make every effort to get vaccinated at your earliest convenience. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 26,  2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

The New York State vaccine eligibility guidelines have expanded to include anyone over age 50. NWH’s vaccination pods are now allowed to vaccinate anyone who is on the eligibility list as defined by New York State. This will help facilitate access for our community. Our community vaccination pods now operate out of Chappaqua Crossing. The best way for people to find out if they are eligible and to make an appointment is through the New York State Department of Health website: www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ or the Northwell Health website: www.northwell.edu/CovidVaccine  The Northwell Hub is updating appointments at Northwell facilities as first-dose vaccine supply is available. Check back regularly at: https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007TSsYEAW

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

March 17, 2021

14 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of March 17th. There are currently 90 active COVID cases in the Somers community. We were experiencing single digit increases in new cases but have begun to creep up to double digits. What is troubling is that with more people getting vaccinated, why are our new cases not dropping? Could it be the new variants which are more transmissible? It is important now more than ever to follow virus prevention, wear mask, wash hands, and social distance. Vaccine distributed under in Phase 1b now includes those who are 60+ as well as forward facing government and not-for profit workers. Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 5,  2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

March 8, 2021

18 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of March 7th. There are currently 73 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Please note the number of new cases reported today reflect new cases added over the weekend. We are still trending downward with new and active cases. Vaccine distributed under in Phase 1b which includes those who are 65+ is in full swing . Pop-Up vaccination sites are beginning to be seen in Northern Westchester. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely open up. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 5,  2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

February 26, 2021

6 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of February 25th. There are currently 91 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Small social gatherings appear to be the leading vector for transmission of the COVID-19 virus. As our numbers of new cases appear to be trending down it its becoming apparent the we had a healthy Super Bowl Sunday. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely pop up. We are in Phase 1b which includes those who are 65+. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website. Or call 1-833-697-4829.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital -

We are pleased to share with you that we will once again operate a vaccination POD for the community here on our main hospital campus on: 

 

Monday, March 1 from 1pm-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 2 from 2pm-6pm and

Wednesday, March 3 from 2pm-6pm

 

We will have limited doses on each of these days and will be adhering to State guidelines to prioritize those in Group 1A, as defined by New York State Department of Health, and individuals age 65 and older. We encourage you to share this link with community members in these groups who may have difficulty navigating the vaccine registration process, like seniors, or those with challenges accessing and using technology: https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007TLPpEAO

 

Please read below for more information.  

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This email is not a guarantee of an appointment. We are providing advance notification to our NWH Volunteer leaders to let you know that dates have opened up at our site, so that you can share with eligible individuals in need of vaccination, and hopefully secure an appointment for them to be vaccinated.
  • This link is for Group 1A/65+ only. Please note, as per the NY State DOH, hospital vaccination PODs must prioritize Group 1A healthcare workers, and we will comply. 
  • The current guidelines do NOT authorize hospitals to vaccinate immunocompromised individuals under age 65 in the expanded eligibility group that was released on February 15. Click here for a full list of eligible conditions in the new group
  • Depending on when an individual tries to register, available spots may already be filled. Please encourage community members to continue visiting the NYS Department of Health website or nycvaccinelist.com, which lists pharmacies that now vaccinate people age 65 and over, for available appointments at other sites throughout the state.
  • Once someone has registered for a date and time, they should plan for their vaccination appointment by having proof of eligibility in Groups 1A/over 65, ready to share at the time of the appointment. We are only authorized to vaccinate those who live or work in NY State and have proof of same.
  • Appointments cannot be made by calling the hospital and we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Appointments can only be made through the link provided here: https://northwellvaccine.force.com/s/?id=a1T4x000007TLPpEAO

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Rick Morrissey, MPA

Town Supervisor

February 22, 2021

5 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of February 20th. There are currently 124 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Small social gatherings appear to be the leading vector for transmission of theCOVID-19 virus. As our numbers of new cases appear to be trending down it its becoming apparent the we had a healthy Super Bowl Sunday. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely pop up. We are in Phase 1b which includes those who are 65+. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 19, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
We are pleased to report that ourCovid-19 hospitalization rates have remained flat and began to show some decline this week. In fact, we had a few days where we experienced 0 newCovid-19 admissions!
 
To date, we have discharged 667Covid-19 positive inpatients. This does not include patients who were treated and released from the Emergency Department without an admission. It also does not include the 733 monoclonal antibody treatments that we have provided in our Field Hospital.
 
While this is great news for the hospital and our community, we cannot let our guard down. The threat of Covid-19 continues, especially with an increase in the number of variants being seen across the country.
 
Last night, we issued an email communication regarding the status of community vaccinations. This eblast was sent to all community members who subscribe to receive emails from Northern Westchester Hospital. We shared that we have provided more than 3,500 COVID-19vaccinations to eligible community members in Group 1A and Group 1B. Note- this number will increase next week when we provide second doses to more than 500 community members who are returning following their first dose three weeks ago.
 
At this time, Northern Westchester Hospital does NOT have additional dates scheduled for first-dose community vaccinations. If we are able to open additional dates, we are only authorized to vaccinate Group 1A/1B, as defined by the New York State Department of Health.
    
The current guidelines do NOT authorize hospitals to vaccinate immunocompromised individuals under age 65 in the expanded eligibility group that was released on February 15. Click here for a full list of eligible conditions in the new group.
 
As the number of eligible individuals expands, it is likely that appointment availability will continue to be limited. We encourage eligible individuals to visit the NYS Department of Health website, or to search this website which lists pharmacies that are now vaccinating people age65 and over: https://nycvaccinelist.com.
  
As we have seen throughout the rollout of the vaccine, the availability and administering of vaccine doses is a fluid situation and is subject to change. If we are notified of additional opportunities to provide community vaccination, we will share that information as soon as possible.
 
If you have received the vaccine, we urge you to continue to practice COVID-19 safety protocols: wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and spaces that are poorly ventilated, practice hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, clean high touch surfaces frequently and monitor your daily health.
 
Together we will crush COVID!

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

February 14, 2021

18 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of February 14th. There are currently 130 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Small social gatherings appear to be the leading vector for transmission of theCOVID-19 virus. We will see if this theory holds up as we see the impact of Super Bowl Sunday. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely pop up. We are in Phase 1b which includes those who are 65+. You can check on appointment availability at NYS Department of Health website.

 

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

February 8, 2021

21 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of February 5th. There are currently 157 active COVID cases in the Somers community. Small social gatherings appear to be the leading vector for transmission of theCOVID-19 virus. We will see if this theory holds up as we see the impact of Super Bowl Sunday. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Vaccine availability sites in our area seems to be getting sporadic supplies of the vaccine and appointments quickly get taken. Keep checking the sites for appointment availability as appointment openings routinely pop up. We are in Phase 1b which includes those who are 65+. You can check on appointment availability for the vaccine at the sites below.

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A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: February 5, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
Community Vaccination- we are pleased to have been able to operate a Covid-19 vaccination program for the community on February 4 and 5.
    
This vaccination program was exclusively for members of Group 1A/1B, as defined by New York State Department of  Health and we will vaccinate close to 1,000 community  members across these two days.
 
New York State has asked  hospitals who receive vaccine allocation to prioritize Group 1A (healthcare  workers), Pharmacies should focus on 65+ individuals, and County Health  Departments focus on essential workers. We have been reaching out to our  medical community, including mental health workers, dental offices, etc., and  will continue to focus on reaching Group 1A individuals.
      
Vaccine doses continue to be  limited and unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate everyone who would  like to schedule an appointment.  We encourage eligible individuals to  continue visiting the NYS Department of Health website, and Northwell’s Vaccination Hub online, for  available appointments at other sites throughout the state.
 
In addition to the vaccination  program this week, we will have a large number of community  members on campus from February 6-10 as we provide SECOND doses for  individuals who received their vaccination at NWH three weeks ago.  The  February 6-10 pod is open only for second doses for these returning  individuals.
     
We are hopeful that we will  receive additional doses for community vaccination and will continue to keep  you informed if and when we are able to open additional vaccination dates.     

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We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

January 23, 2021

12 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of January 23rd. There are currently 211 active COVID cases in the Somers community. As clearly demonstrated we are seeing the results of social gatherings where we let our guard down and forgot about COVID-19. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Vaccine availability sites in our area seems to be getting sporadic supplies of the vaccine and appointments quickly get taken. We are still in Phase 1b which includes those who are  65+. Keep checking on the availability of the vaccine at the sites below.

A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 22, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
We are pleased to inform you that Northern Westchester Hospital has received authorization to be a COVID-19 community vaccination site and we will be expanding availability of our COVID-19 vaccine supply to members of our community beginning this Saturday, January 16th. The appointments for the limited supply that we have are currently filled, however we will post new appointments as we receive additional supplies of the vaccine. Please check the website below often for open appointments. New York State receives a limited supply from the federal government and it’s a fraction of the number of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine – as a result supply is very limited.

To schedule a vaccine appointment

Click below to make your appointment at a Northwell Health facility:
www.northwell.edu/CovidVaccine
Or call the Northwell Call Center: (844) 919-8222

You can also check for New York State-run vaccination sites by visiting:
www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

  • You must have an appointment to get the vaccine.
  • Appointments for the vaccine CANNOT be made by calling Northern Westchester Hospital. Please use the website or phone number above. This is the only way to make an appointment. We appreciate you helping us keep our phone lines open for those calling about health emergencies or loved ones in our care.
  • As distribution of the vaccine ramps up, more appointments will become available. Please check back regularly.

 

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Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

January 17, 2021

44 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of January 17th. There are currently 222 active COVID cases in the Somers community. As clearly demonstrated we are seeing the results of social gatherings where we let our guard down and forgot about COVID-19. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. Last week 65+ people were added to Phase 1b and are now eligible for the vaccine. Bad news the supply of vaccine is extremely limited at this time. Keep check on the availability of the vaccine as the Governor appears to be reallocating supplies as some locations are not utilizing their allotment.

A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 15, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

We are pleased to inform you that Northern Westchester Hospital has received authorization to be a COVID-19 community vaccination site and we will be expanding availability of our COVID-19 vaccine supply to members of our community beginning this Saturday, January 16th. The appointments for the limited supply that we have are currently filled, however we will post new appointments as we receive additional supplies of the vaccine. Please check the website below often for open appointments. New York State receives a limited supply from the federal government and it’s a fraction of the number of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine – as a result supply is very limited.

To schedule a vaccine appointment

Click below to make your appointment at a Northwell Health facility:
www.northwell.edu/CovidVaccine
Or call the Northwell Call Center: (844) 919-8222

You can also check for New York State-run vaccination sites by visiting:
www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov

  • You must have an appointment to get the vaccine.
  • Appointments for the vaccine CANNOT be made by calling Northern Westchester Hospital. Please use the website or phone number above. This is the only way to make an appointment. We appreciate you helping us keep our phone lines open for those calling about health emergencies or loved ones in our care.
  • As distribution of the vaccine ramps up, more appointments will become available. Please check back regularly.

 

Check out the Westchester County Dashboard

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

January 11, 2021, 7:00pm

43 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of today. There are currently 245 active COVID cases in the Somers community. As clearly demonstrated we are seeing the results of holiday gatherings where we let our guard down and forgot about COVID-19. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. 

January 11, 2021, 9:45am

17 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers as of January 9th. There are currently 218 active COVID cases in the Somers community. As clearly demonstrated we are seeing the results of holiday gatherings where we let our guard down and forgot about COVID-19. We are so close to having the vaccine distributed to the general public that we must remain vigilant now more than ever if we are going to attain community immunity. 

A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 8, 2021:

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

Check out the Westchester County Dashboard:  

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

Before receiving vaccination, eligible New Yorker must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form; more information is available at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and then click on CHECK ELIGIBILITY. 

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  •  
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  •  
  • EMS workers 
  •  
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  •  
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  •  
  • Urgent Care providers
  •  
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  •  
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  •  
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (ie, intake staff)
  •  
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID tests, and handling COVID specimens or vaccinations
  • This includes, but is not limited to,
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Beginning January 11, 2021 Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b:

  • Individuals Age 75 and older
  • First Responder and Support Staff for First Responder Agency
  • Corrections
  • P-12 Schools
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
  • Public Transit
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
  • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • In-person college instructors

Please click here for the detailed list: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/phased-distribution-vaccine#phase-1a---phase-1b

Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online and you will receive a submission ID, or you can fill out the form at your vaccination site. Individuals being vaccinated must bring proof of eligibility to the vaccination site. This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status.

No one will speculate the date when the 65+ will be eligible for the vaccine.  We encourage you to fill out the Eligibility form and the Town will keep you posted as we learn more about the vaccine roll out.

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

     
January 5, 2021

8 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers yesterday. There are currently 192 active COVID cases in the Somers community.  There is a requirement by New York State to discontinued the use of the Shared File which contains specific information regarding each municipalities COVID-19 positive cases by name and location. This requirement by New York State is being challenged.  Until such a time as it has been determined that information on the file can be shared with the community we will no longer be providing specific information regarding the general location of COVID-19 positive cases.

 

Check out the Westchester County Dashboard: 

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

This is the current vaccine rollout received from Westchester County, which is in phase 1A.  Before receiving vaccination, eligible New Yorker must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form; more information is available at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ and then click on CHECK ELIGIBILITY. 

New Yorkers who are presently eligible for the vaccine include:

     
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  •  
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  •  
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  •  
  • EMS workers 
  •  
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  •  
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  •  
  • Urgent Care providers
  •  
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  •  
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  •  
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (ie, intake staff)
  •  
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID tests, and handling COVID specimens or vaccinations, including but not limited to:
  •  
     
  1. Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  2.  
  3. Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  4.  
  5. Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  6.  
  7. Registered nurses
  8.  
  9. Specialty medical practices of all types
  10.  
  11. Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
  12.  
  13. Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
  14.  
  15. Physical Therapists and their staff
  16.  
  17. Optometrists and their staff
  18.  
  19. Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides

Beginning on January 11, 2021, the following will be additionally eligible for vaccination:

  • Home care workers
  •  
  • Hospice workers
  •  
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

No one will speculate the date when the 65+ will be eligible for the vaccine.  We encourage you to fill out the Eligibility form and the Town will keep you posted as we learn more about the vaccine roll out.

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

 

We are Somers Strong!

 Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

     
January 1, 2021

17 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers yesterday. There are currently 176 active COVID cases in the Somers community with 12 being active in Heritage Hills. COVID positivity test rate for Westchester yesterday was 7.8%. The 7-day average for hospital capacity in our region (Mid-Hudson) shows that 36% of hospital beds and 42% of ICU beds are available. 

                                             

A Message From Northern Westchester Hospital - Weekly Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 31, 2020:

                             

The care and safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We have put maximum safety measures in place to prevent exposure to the Coronavirus by anyone who comes to the Hospital for emergent or scheduled care. Don't delay care. We urge you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

 

The CDC website is a great resource and provides credible and timely information

 

Check out the Westchester County Dashboard:

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 30, 2020

10 new COVID cases have been identified in Somers today. There are currently 139 active COVID cases in the Somers community with 16 being active in Heritage Hills. COVID positivity test rate for Westchester yesterday was6.4%. The 7-day average for hospital capacity in our region (Mid-Hudson) shows that 36% of hospital beds and 42% of ICU beds are available. 

 

Check out the Westchester County Dashboard

 

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

 

Have A Happy Healthy New Year

We are Somers Strong!

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 23, 2020

The below link was released earlier today which provides access to County and local data.  This will be the new form of access COVID-19 data.  As

always, if you have any questions feel free to contact my office.

 

https://wcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/280339d96db14efd9cc304dba0f3a71d

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Merry Christmas Seasons Greeting and a Happy Healthy New Year!

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 22, 2020

The County is transitioning to an interactive dashboard much like what New York State has done and moving away from providing municipalities with a map and active case data.  By doing so the County believes that the dashboard will provide more accurate data and information regarding the impact of COVID-19 in our community. The County asks for your patience as this transition takes place.

 

NYS and the County are preparing to provide local governments with more data pertaining to local positivity rates. We've been pushing for this information so that our residents and school districts can get relevant local data that's most pertinent to us. More to come. 

 

The data being produced is for our County and region. Yesterday’s COVID positivity rate for Westchester County was 5.3%.  

  

NYS COVID Tracker:

https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%253Aembed=yes&%253Atoolbar=no&%3AisGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&%3Aembed=y

 

COVID Regional Monitoring Dashboard:

https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard

The resiliency of our community has been nothing short of incredible as we navigate these difficult times. The dedication of our teachers, students, and parents has been inspiring as they work to keep our schools open; our community is rallying around small businesses as they fight to stay open; our community is supporting those in need with food and Holiday gifts. Our first responders are dedicated to serving our residents in the face of this pandemic. We will continue to need this collective strength and support to overcome the challenges that lay before us.

 

Wear A Mask, Wash Your Hands, And Watch Your Distance

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 14, 2020
December 11, 2020

As of today there are 7 additional COVID-19 cases since the last report with a total of 106 active cases identified in Somers, all community cases, none in nursing homes. These are comparable to late April numbers. Heritage Hills active COVID-19 cases are now at 10. Public health officials are reporting that smaller indoor gatherings are driving the spread.

 

WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, SOCIAL DISTANCE

 

NYS COVID Tracker:

https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%253Aembed=yes&%253Atoolbar=no&%3AisGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&%3Aembed=y

 

COVID Regional Monitoring Dashboard:

https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 10, 2020

December 9, 2020

As of today there are 18 additional COVID-19 cases since the last report with a total of 107 active cases identified in Somers, all community cases, none in nursing homes. These are comparable to late April numbers. Heritage Hills active COVID-19 cases are now at 9. Public health officials are reporting that smaller indoor gatherings are driving the spread.

 

WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, SOCIAL DISTANCE

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

December 5, 2020

Hello Somers:

 

The resiliency of our community has been nothing short of incredible as we navigate these difficult times. The dedication of our teachers, students, families and children has been inspiring as they work to keep our schools open; our community is rallying around small businesses as they fight to stay open; our residents are supporting one another, providing goods and meals to those in need; and, our first responders are dedicated to serving our residents in the face of a re-surging pandemic. As we enter a new phase, we will need this collective strength and support to overcome the challenges that lay before us. 

COVID is raging once again in Westchester County with drastic increases in all COVID-19 indicators. Currently, there are over 6,000 active cases in Westchester. Just 3 weeks ago the number stood at 1,700. In Somers, there are over 100 active cases, while a month ago there were 28. On average, 8to 10 Somers residents are being diagnosed with COVID-19 daily. This number will rise in the coming weeks. While the localized data provided to the Town is limited, we know that the County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has been just over5%, a threshold that generally indicates the spread is outpacing the ability to test. Hospitalizations also continue to increase -  as of last week, there were 292 County residents in hospitals with COVID-19, up from 47 COVID hospitalizations a month ago. Contact tracing has shown that over 60% of cases are linked to “living room spread”, or smaller indoor gatherings where there is poor ventilation and no mask wearing. However, we see limited to no transmission in environments where mask wearing and distancing measures are implemented, especially in our schools. Public health officials also indicate that the impacts of Thanksgiving gatherings are likely to be realized over the next two weeks, significantly enhancing the trajectory of the spread of the contagion as we enter the holiday season. In response, New York State has developed a Winter Plan with localized “yellow, orange and red zone designations” that will now focus on hospitalizations, available hospital and ICU beds, and hospital staffing. Essentially, the strategy is to tie any future restrictions to the capacity of our hospitals to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. The Town continues to work together with our partners at Westchester County and the Somers Central School District. We are also in communication with local healthcare providers to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Somers in response to the winter spread.

Public health measures will be vital in limiting the spread, keeping society open, and protecting our most vulnerable population until the spring and a vaccine. The end of this pandemic is in sight, but the extent of its impacts over the coming months depends on our individual actions. I urge Somers residents to base their plans and decisions on potential exposure to COVID-19 – WEAR A MASK, WATCH YOUR DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDS, AND AVOID GATHERINGS. Please also be mindful that everyone is dealing with their own challenges in response to this crisis. We are in this togethers, and our community will overcome this pandemic. 

Below are helpful links to COVID-19 testing sites and additional information on the State’s “Winter Plan”.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-winter-plan-combat-covid-19-surge-new-york-state

 

Rick Morrissey 

Somers Town Supervisor 

November 30, 2020

As of today the County is reporting 39 new cases since the last report on Wednesday. This brings the total number of active cases identified in Somers to 96 (none in nursing homes).  These numbers are comparable to early May numbers, and the impacts of Thanksgiving are likely to be seen in the next 3 weeks.  Heritage Hills active cases are now at 7 down 2 from the last report. Public health officials are reporting that smaller indoor gatherings are driving the spread.  Please be COVID smart.

 

WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, SOCIAL DISTANCE

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

November 29, 2020

As of today the County is reporting 11 new cases in Town bringing the total number of active cases to 89. While we’re seeing cases all over Town, none are being reported from nursing homes (this means no nursing home residents with Somers addresses are positive). Heritage Hills has not been spared with 11 active case being reported.  None of the newly reported case are from Heritage Hills. Please use common sense over this Thanksgiving weekend, or we risk accelerated spread heading into the holiday season.

 

WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, SOCIAL DISTANCE.

A Heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

November 25, 2020

As of today the County is reporting19 new active cases from their last update on Friday. There are now 81active cases that have been identified in Somers. Today's report shows just over 4,000 total active cases in Westchester, while 3 weeks ago there were1,500. COVID hospitalizations are currently at 168, while it stood at 51 three weeks ago. The COVID numbers are significantly increasing, and we have yet to go through the holiday season.  As young adults return from college they will invariably want to socialize with their friends.  They must be cautioned to protect themselves for the sake of their families.  We collectively need to start changing our behaviors to stop the spread - wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. 

 

Also of note is that NYS and the County are preparing to provide local governments with more data pertaining to local positivity rates. We've been pushing for this information so that our residents and school districts can get relevant local data that's most pertinent to us. More to come. 

 

Some useful links:

NYS COVID Tracker:

https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%253Aembed=yes&%253Atoolbar=no&%3AisGuestRedirectFromVizportal=y&%3Aembed=y

 

COVID Regional Monitoring Dashboard:

https://forward.ny.gov/percentage-positive-results-region-dashboard

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

 Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

November 19, 2020

As of today the County has reported an additional 9 COVID-19 cases in Somers, bringing the total number of active cases to 66.  There are now 10 active case in the Heritage Hills community.  Cases are increasing throughout Westchester and our Town. Please take precautions to protect you, your family and our community. WEAR A MASK, WATCH YOUR DISTANCE, and WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

Additional COVID Information:

 

-NYS does not share the data pertaining to local positivity rates with municipal officials. This is what the State uses to determine what areas get zone designations under their Cluster Action Initiative. More information on the zone designations can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative

 

-Portions of Ossining, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Yonkers and New Rochelle received yellow zone designations today. 

 

-The Westchester Department of Health has communicated that some of the recent positive tests are linked to college students getting tested prior to returning home for the holiday. However, there is a clear resurgence of the contagion in our community beyond this group. 

 

-You can see COVID testing data by county here:

https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no&%3Atabs=n

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

November 13, 2020

Hello Somers, 

The County has reported an additional 3 active cases in Somers, bringing the total number of active cases to 31 in Town. There are now over 2,200 active COVID cases in Westchester County with a positive test rate of just over 4%. The county is reporting that over 80 people are hospitalized with COVID in Westchester. To put this in perspective, a month ago there were 15 active cases in Somers, 868 active cases in Westchester, a positive test rate of 1%, and 43 COVID hospitalizations. 

All indicators show that the contagion is spreading in Westchester. The warning bells are ringing. Our decisions now impact what happens in the future, and we all want our schools and businesses to remain open. Wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands.

  

Rick Morrissey, MPA
Town Supervisor

October 19, 2020

Hello Somers,

Halloween is fast approaching and staying safe in this new environment can be challenging.  I would urge parents to exercise “common sense” when planning Halloween activities.  Please reference the CDC guidelines and stay safe. 

Click here for CDC Guidelines for Trick or Treating and Halloween Activities

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

 

Lower Risk Activities

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Moderate Risk Activities
  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
  • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
  • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
  • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
  • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus
  • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs

Higher Risk Activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19

Be safe Somers. Trick or Treat.

Supervisor Rick Morrissey, MPA

August 28, 2020

HELLO SOMERS:

LOCAL UPDATE:

There are currently 7 active cases in the Somers community. As of one week ago there were 5 active cases, and as of a month ago there were 12 active cases. The cases are spread throughout town, and show no localized outbreak. The County is reporting 378 active cases in the County, while a month ago the number was 429.The positive testing rate for COVID, that is the percentage of people testing positive for the disease, continues to be under 1% in Westchester. The number of people in the County hospitalized with COVID continues to stay at around 50.

 

Overall,the main COVID indicators show positive signs, however we are by no means out of the woods. We know how quickly the cantigion can spread in a given community; and, with the convergence of the flu season and the start of school,we must remain committed to how we made progress against this disease - Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Please also be sure to get your flu shot as we approach the fall and winter months. 

 

CODERED:

With hurricane season upon us, please register with the Town's emergency notification system - Code Red. You can register via the link below. 

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/757C4ADE1A69 

 

NYS TRAVEL ADVISORY:

The State of New York updates its travel advisory list on a weekly basis. Residents traveling to any of the states listed must quarantine for 14 days. 

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

 

TOWN UPDATE:

Town offices are open, but appointments are preferred. Please call ahead for more information before visiting the Town House. 

https://www.somersny.com/directory

 

There has been an increase in car break-ins throughout Westchester and Somers. Police at the Town, County and State levels are investigating, and increased patrols of our area are ongoing. Please be mindful to lock your car doors at night, don't leave valuables visible in your car, and keep an outside light on. 

 

The Town of Somers has submitted a formal complaint against Altice/Optimum to the Public Service Commission citing their woeful response to Tropical Storm Isaias, ongoing lack of communication, and concerning service interruptions as we become more reliant on internet service for work and schooling. The Town is creating a Telecommunication Task Force of local residents who will evaluate the Town's future alternatives and options for telecommunication/cable providers. A copy of the letter to the PSC can be found here:

https://assets-global.website-files.com/5a3150007b7a1700017bcf4a/5f45349098a24b6aa17e50cf_Altice%20PSC%20Letter.pdf  

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Supervisor Rick Morrissey

August 3, 2020

HELLO SOMERS:

 

COVID UPDATE:

Testing data provided by NYS and Westchester County shows 7 active cases in Somers, of which 5 are located outside of a nursing home setting. Please note that we break-out these numbers so residents can understand the number of positive cases originating from community spread in our area. A week ago the total number of cases was 10 with 7 outside of nursing homes. Looking back two weeks,there were 12 active cases with 7 outside of nursing homes. The number of active cases across Westchester is approximately 450, which has remained around this number over the past several weeks. On average, the County is reporting around 40 active cases per day, and a positive COVID testing 7-day rolling average of .9%. COVID hospitalizations have decreased slightly with approximately 45 patients in County hospitals over the past week or so. 

 

While the COVID indicators for our area have held steady as we've progressed through all four phases of the reopening plan, we must remain vigilant. In speaking with local public health officials and providers, it seems that most cases in our area are originating from younger people who are not taking this contagion seriously. Also be mindful about where you're taking summer vacations, be smart, and remember your decisions impact every person you interact with (family, friends, co-workers). Furthermore, with the reopening of school over a month away, our commitment to social distancing becomes even more vital. Avoid large gatherings, wear masks, keep your distance and wash your hands. 

 

WEAR A MASK:

Data shows that upwards of 40% of people with COVID show no symptoms but are infectious. This is why it's so imperative to wear a mask. It's the law, and it's the right thing to do. 

 

TRAVEL ADVISORY: 

There are now 36 states on the travel advisory list. If you travel to any of these states, you are mandated to quarantine for 14 days upon your return:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

 

TOWN UPDATES:

- Please be weather aware this week as the impacts from Hurricane  Isaias are projected to impact our area between Tuesday and Wednesday. At this point strong winds and heavy rains are expected.

- Town Offices are closed but operating with full staff. Please email or call us.

 

We are Somers Strong. 

Be Safe & Be Well.

Supervisor Rick Morrissey

  

June 28, 2020

HELLO SOMERS: 

 

Based on the most recent testing data provided by NYS and Westchester County, there are 60 active COVID cases in Somers of which 6 are outside of a nursing home setting. This is based on a two-week time period for cases to resolve. Two of the main indicators public health officials are tracking to determine the intensity of COVID in our area are hospitalization rates and positivity testing rates. Hospitalization rates in the County continue to decline. Over the past week the percentage of people testing positive for COVID in Westchester hovered between .9% and 1.4%.This is certainly down from previous months and is one of the lowest rates in America right now; however, we must be aware that this virus isn’t going away. If there is not a collective commitment to social distancing measures and mask wearing, the contagion will regain a foothold and spread. Please wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands. 

The number of active cases in our local nursing home remains disproportionately high as compared to other municipalities in Westchester. The Town and the County Executive’s Office have been in close communication for weeks about this situation; and, NYS & Westchester County Departments of Health are actively working to determine why this is occurring. It may be lab reporting errors (i.e. the lab attributing cases to the facility’s address instead of an employee’s/patient’s hometown),or some other factors. For perspective, nursing homes are private businesses that are licensed and regulated by New York State. The State mandates that nursing homes test their employees twice per week. The results are collected and analyzed by the State, and any necessary follow up is referred to certified contact tracers and/or NYSDOH staff. Further information will be reported when received by the Town.

 

PHASE THREE of NY FORWARD:

This week Westchester County Executive George Latimer held a press conference on the steps of the Elephant Hotel to announce the County’s Phase 3 reopening. This allows for the reopening of spas, nail salons, and indoor dining of up to 50% capacity at restaurants.More detailed information about Phase 3 can be found at this link: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries

 

QUARANTINE ORDER FOR SOME OUT OF STATE TRAVELERS:

This week the Governor issue an Executive Order that mandates a 14 day quarantine for people who’ve recently traveled to state with high levels of COVID cases. These states include Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and Utah. 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-205-quarantine-restrictions-travelers-arriving-new-york#:~:text=All%20travelers%20entering%20New%20York,of%20Health%20regulations%20for%20quarantine.

 

 

TOWN UPDATE:

Town offices will reopen for all Town employees starting June 29, 2020.  It is anticipated that the following week the public will be allowed into public buildings on an appointment-only basis. Please call ahead to schedule a meeting with the necessary Town department.  

Our Senior Nutrition Program remains in full swing assisting seniors in the community with basic needs.  Program staff have worked tirelessly to serve our seniors and have continued to delivery meals to their homes. We thank them for their hard work. 

Somers Food Pantry at St.Luke's continues to provide food and support to the less fortunate in our community. Your donations are always welcome - 331 Route 100 Somers, NY 10589.

All Town parks are reopened and further information about sports will be announced as more reopening guidelines are released by New York State.  Feel free to contact the Town’s Parks & Recreation Office.

 

FIREWORKS:

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, please do not set-off illegal fireworks. Conditions are extremely dry, and it could have catastrophic results. It’s tough enough for our first responders to operate during a pandemic. They don’t need a brush fire to respond to. 

 

WEAR A MASK: 

Data continues to indicate that wearing a mask can have significant impacts on limiting the spread of COVID. Compliance by our community to wear masks and implement common sense social distancing measures will be vital in our ability to safely reopen and keep open. Masks are only effectively worn when they cover your nose and mouth, PLEASE WEAR A MASK for the good of our community and the good of our economy. 

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Supervisor Rick Morrissey

June 15, 2020

Hello Somers,

 

In Somers, there are 54 total active cases, which includes nursing home test results. According to the data provided by the County, outside of the nursing home testing, there are 7 active cases in Somers. Our local cases are not confined to one specific area, and as has been the case throughout the course of the outbreak, there tends to be multiple cases per household. The number of active cases are based on a 2 week time period for the disease to resolve. If we push back the time period to 3 weeks, there are 10 active cases in Somers. Westchester County is reporting approximately 1,000 active COVID cases.

The positivity test rate (the % of people who testing positive for COVID) in Westchester County continues to hover around 1.3%. That number had been as high as 30%.  In New York, the Rate of Transmission, (RT)) or the rate at which one person passes COVID to another, is holding at .77%. This means the contagion is declining in the State. When that number is over 1%, it is considered an outbreak. For comparison, the states currently seeing increases have a RT of 1.1%.

Reopening/NY Forward: The Mid-Hudson Region moved into Phase 2 reopening this week and includes Outdoor Dining. Detailed information about what industries may reopen under this phase can be found here: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries

Reopening Monitoring Dashboard: NYS provides a helpful monitoring dashboard so the public can track the thresholds that must be met to proceed into different phases of reopening. Please visit this link for more information: https://forward.ny.gov/covid-19-regional-metrics-dashboard

COVID Testing: COVID testing and Antibody is readily available to the public via Northern Westchester Hospital Chappaqua Crossing facility:  

    Center for Healthy Living

    480 South Bedford Road, Chappaqua, New York, 10514

    Located in Chappaqua Crossing – Next to Whole Foods. Ample Parking

Hours of Operation:

Antibody testing will be offered Monday through Friday between 7am and 3pm through July 31st. You can come anytime during this designated time period.  Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance and can be completed at https://bit.ly/3dFyuSG

If you have symptoms, or believe you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID, please get tested. For more information on testing, please visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Wearing a Mask: Research continues to show that wearing a mask can dramatically reduce the rate of COVID transmission. This has become somewhat of a hot button issue, but this may be key to our ability to reopen our economy, while keeping the COVID rate of transmission low. Beyond it being the law to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be adhered to, it’s also effective.

Town Update:

Please register for Code Red – If you haven’t done so already, please register for Code Red updates. The Town sends out important information via text and email through this program. Visit this link to register: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/757C4ADE1A69

Reis Park hours have been extended – The park was reopened to the public on June 1, and now the hours have been extended. The park is open from 8am to 8pm. Please see the Town website for more details: https://www.somersny.com/ 

Lock your car doors at night – Unlocked cars have been broken into at night throughout northern Westchester and in Somers. Please be mindful to lock your car doors at night, leave an outside light on, and report any suspicious vehicles to the Police at 914-277-3651.

Census 2020 – Please be sure to complete the census survey! It can be done online by visiting https://my2020census.gov/.  We are currently at 67% registered in Somers, we need 100%.

Remember to support the Somers Food Pantry at St. Luke’s Church.  This food pantry has been a vital resource for our Town.  You may contact them at 914-277-3122. They are located at 331 Route 100, Somers, NY. 

 

We are Somers Strong!

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Rick Morrissey
Somers Town Supervisor

May 29, 2020
Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

May 26, 2020

The dramatic increase in the number of positive cases can be attributed to enhanced testing ordered by NYS of a certain demographic within the Town of Somers. Public Health officials are keenly aware of this situation, and working to mitigate the issue.  Due to privacy laws, specifics about addresses, etc.cannot be released.  As a whole the Town of Somers has approximately 5 active cases outside of the demographic currently being tested.  Today we met the Mid-Hudson metrics to begin opening businesses.

 

Overview: Reopening in Phases

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities.Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region.

Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York are allowed to reopen 

·        Construction

·        Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

·        Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

·        Manufacturing

·        Wholesale Trade

Phase Two: Not Open

·        Professional Services

·        Retail

·        Administrative Support

·        Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Phase Three: Not Open

·        Restaurants / Food Services

Phase Four: Not Open

·        Arts / Entertainment / Recreation

·        Education

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool. You can also scroll down to find the guidance for each phase.

NY Forward Business Reopen Lookup Tool

May 21, 2020
No More Masks Available Today

The Town of Somers handed out over 4,000 masks today to residents. There are no more left for distribution at this time. We will seek more masks for future distribution.


May 19, 2020
Town of Somers Providing Free Masks to Somers Residents

The Town of Somers will be providing free Hanes cloth masks to Somers residents only.  They will be distributed on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Somers Police Department, 100 Route 139 (Primrose Street) from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  There is a limit of 5 masks per vehicle.  Please stay in your car; masks will be handed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact either the Supervisor’s Office at 914-277-3637 or the Somers Police Department at 914-232-9622.

May 18, 2020

HELLO SOMERS!

I hope this update finds you well.

COVID Update for Somers and Westchester:

The number of estimated active COVID cases in Somers is 36. For perspective, on Monday, May 11, this number was 43,and on May 5 the number of active cases were 76. The estimate of active cases is based on the total positive case count and the average time it takes for the disease to resolve. The cumulative number of cases in Somers since the beginning of the outbreak is 233. The County estimates that there are currently around 2,700 active COVID cases in Westchester, with a cumulative number of just over 32,000. Please note that the Department of Health does not provide fatality data for each specific municipality. The positivity rate for testing (% of those testing positive for COVID) in Westchester is hovering around 7%,while a week ago it was 11%.

Re-Opening Plan:

New York State has developed a re-opening plan in which 7 metrics must be met on a regional basis in order to move into phases of re-opening. Somers and Westchester County are a part of the Mid-Hudson Region that includes Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties. At this point, the Mid-Hudson Region meets 5 of the 7 metrics. The thresholds not being met are 14 day decline in deaths and new hospitalizations fewer than 2 new cases per 100,000 residents, referenced here: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard
As we progress towards re-opening, it is important to acknowledge that our chances of limiting the spread of COVID relies on our collective ability to implement strong hygiene and social distancing measures. We all must be cognizant of wearing masks or face coverings when in public (it’s effective in limiting the virus’ transmission); maintain 6 feet of personal space; avoid large gatherings; and, be mindful to wash your hands. As we re-start the economy, these will be some of the most effective tools we have to stop the spread of this disease.

Contact Tracing:

Westchester County continues to work with NYS and Bloomberg Philanthropies to create a robust contact tracing program. This will be a vital component of re-opening our local economy. Those interested in becoming a contract tracer can visit this website:
https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5244/contact-tracer/job?mobile=false&width=1140&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Residents must wear masks or cloth face covering:
Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17, residents must wear masks or cloth covering the mouth and face in public when social distancing measures(6 feet of personal space) cannot be adhered to. This protects the health and well-being of you and your neighbors. The Town has also been distributing reusable face masks to local essential workers in town.

Mask Distribution:

The Town of Somers has been distributing reusable masks to the local essential workforce and the communities with high elderly populations. We will make the remaining masks available to the public. More information to come.

Self-Reporting to 911:
If you have COVID or are showing symptoms and need assistance from 911, please reporting your status to the dispatcher. This is vitally important to our first responders.

Please Donate to the Somers Food Pantry:
The Somers Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food donations. These items can be dropped off at the St. Luke’s Church across from the Town House every Monday from 11am-1pm and the 1st Wednesday of each month from 5pm-7pm.

Town Operations:
Active parks, playgrounds and playing fields have been closed. The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve and Koegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit the town website for contact information: https://www.somersny.com/

Supporting Local Businesses:
Please visit the Somers Chamber of Commerce for the latest info open local businesses: https://somerschamber.com/

2020 CENSUS – MAKE SOMERS COUNT:
The census is conducted every 10 years and dictates the amount of federal aid communities receive. It’s estimated that every citizen NOT counted can lead to the loss of $2k in federal aid. The census can be completed by mail or online at https://2020census.gov/

Stay Safe & Be Well.

Rick Morrissey
Somers Town Supervisor

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Gives COVID-19 Update from Yonkers City Hall with Mayor Mike Spano
View full briefing at this link: https://youtu.be/wsqLhjLr3hk  
  • Two Westchester County beaches, Playland Beach and Croton Point Park will be open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Playland Park will remain closed until at least July 20
  • Fireworks cancelled for July 3 and July 4 at Kensico Dam Park and Playland Park.

May 15, 2020
Gullotta House Presents Free Community Meals

May 11, 2020
New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard

May 9. 2020

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

HELLO SOMERS

 

I hope this update finds you well.

 

COVID Update for Somers and Westchester:

The cumulative number of cases in Somers since the beginning of the COVID outbreak is 215, however based on an average of two weeks for the disease to resolve, we can estimate there are about 40 current active cases in town. Westcheter County is reporting a cumulative number of 30,905 positive cases with approximately 3,000 active cases. Statewide, there have been 330,407 COVID cases. The rate of infection continues to decrease in our area. Overall,approximately 30% of people tested for COVID in Westchester since the beginning of the outbreak were positive for the disease. However, over the past week that number has dropped to about 11%. Hospitalization rates also continue to decrease.

 

While we are certainly seeing progress, we all must remain vigilant. Remember, experts believe there are significant numbers of asymptomatic cases and we may only be identifying a small portion of the actual cases. At this point, social distancing measures remains our best tool against this disease. Keep 6 feet of personal space,don’t gather in large groups, and wear a mask when out in public and unable to maintain a 6 foot distance.

 

COVID Impacts on Children:

NYS Department of Health is reporting that 73 children have presented with symptoms associated with toxic shock or kawaski disease connected with COVID. This is a rare illness in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels. Public health officials report that these children have either tested positive for COVID or have antibodies. The NYSDOH is working with the CDC to understand the potential connection and how it can best be treated. For more information please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2020/docs/2020-05-06_covid19_pediatric_inflammatory_syndrome.pdf

 

Contact Tracing:

New York State will hire and train a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Local Health Departments(LHDs) to perform COVID-19 contact tracing in communities across NYS. The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19,establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact. Westchester County will be one of the first communities to implement a robust program. Those interested in becoming a contract tracer can visit: https://careers-pcgus.icims.com/jobs/5244/contact-tracer/job?mobile=false&width=1140&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

 

Residents must wear masks or cloth face covering:

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17, residents must wear masks or cloth covering the mouth and face in public when social distancing measures (6 feet of personal space) cannot be adhered to. This protects the health and well-being of you and your neighbors. The Town has also been distributing reusable face masks to local essential workers in town. 

 

New York State’s Reopening Plan:

NYS officials have developed a regional reopening plan based on certain milestones.For details on this plan, please visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-outlines-phased-plan-re-open-new-york-starting

 

 Self-Reporting to 911:

If you have COVID or are showing symptoms and need assistance from 911, please reporting your status to the dispatcher. This is vitally important to our first responders. 

 

Please Donate to the Somers Food Pantry:

The Somers Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable food donations. These items can be dropped off at the St. Luke’s Church across from the Town House every Monday from 11am to 1pm and the 1st Wednesday of each month from 5pm-7pm.

 

Town Operations:

Active parks, playgrounds and playing fields have been closed.The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve andKoegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.

 

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit the town website for contact information: https://www.somersny.com/

 

Supporting Local Businesses:

Please visit the Somers Chamber of Commerce for the latest info open local businesses: https://somerschamber.com/

 

Stay Safe & Be Well

Rick Morrissey

Somers Town Supervisor

May 7, 2020
Phases To Reopen New York

May 1, 2020

HELLO SOMERS!

 

I hope this update finds you well.

COVID Update for Somers and Westchester:

There are 171 reported cases of COVID in Somers. Since this is a running number, and public health officials indicate that it takes 2 to 4 weeks for COVID to resolve in patients, we can infer that there are currently around 90 “active”/reported cases in town. County-wide there are just under 30,000 reported cases, and based on this rationale, the County estimates there 6,756 active cases in Westchester. The NYSDOH is reporting 304,372 cases across the State. The hospitalization rate of COVID cases in Westchester continues to decline and is sitting at approximately 10%. The latest information available shows 817 COVID patients in County hospitals, which is down from 1,200 a month ago. The rate of positive cases in Westchester has also declined. Overall,since the beginning of the outbreak, an average of 31% of County residents tested have come back positive for COVID. Over the past week the rate has dropped to around 20%. It’s important to remember that we’re surely not identifying every COVID case, as experts believe a significant number of those with COVID are asymptomatic.

The Governor reports that approximately 1,000 people continue to be hospitalized with COVID in NY on a daily basis. While this is certainly down from where we’ve been, it has plateaued over the past week. We need this number to drop. Westchester accounts for almost 8% of these daily hospitalizations with NYC and Nassau County leading the way. The Governor has indicated that the State will be working with hospitals to get more detailed information as to exactly where these patients are coming from so targeted intervention can be conducted.

 

While many of the key indicators are showing positive signs, we are NOT out of the woods. The current rate of transmission provides only a small margin of error, and there are many undiagnosed COVID cases. If we’re not diligent about social distancing and mitigation efforts, infections can easily and quickly increase to outbreak levels,which would put us right back where we were in late March and April. The month of May will be important to curbing the impacts of COVID. We cannot let up our social distancing efforts. 

Go to the hospital if you’re in need:

Local hospitals have capacity and safe environments for non-COVID patients. They’ve reported that many people with non-COVID health issues in need of hospitalization are delaying their care. This has led to more complications for treatable health issues. If you need to go to the hospital,please go. 

Residents must wear masks or cloth face covering:

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17, residents must wear masks or cloth covering the mouth and face in public when social distancing measures (6 feet of personal space) cannot be adhered to. This protects the health and well being of you and your neighbors. The Town has also been distributing reusable face masks to local essential workers in town. 

The Governor has announced that New York schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

New York on PAUSE continues to be in place until May 15. Further information is expected to be released by the State in the week ahead. 

Contact Tracing is an important factor in understanding and controlling the COVID virus outbreak. Although contact tracing had been conducted in Westchester early on by the County and State Health Departments, they soon became overwhelmed and local municipalities were never updated on these results. The State announced this week that 17,000 people will be trained to contact trace positive COVID cases. We look forward to learning more about the transmission paths in our community.

Self-Reporting to 911: If you have COVID or are showing symptoms and need assistance from 911, please report your status to the dispatcher. This is vitally important to our first responders. 

The Somers Community Has Been Stepping Up:

Thank you to all of the community groups and residents who are supporting those in need. Remember, the Somers Food Pantry continues to accept donations of non-perishable food items. They are located at 331 Route 100 in Somers. 

There are so many community groups and residents who’ve been lending a helping hand to those in need. Somers is an incredible community. 

Town Operations:

Please be advised that NYSDOT will be repaving Route 139 starting in May. There may be some impacts to traffic flow during the project. 

Active parks, playgrounds and playing fields have been closed.The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve and Koegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit this link for updates and contact information: https://www.somersny.com/resources/town-offices-closed-to-public

Supporting Local Businesses:

Please check-out the Somers Website https://assets-global.website-files.com/5a3150007b7a1700017bcf4a/5e90e300f7e00b47fbe8e6dd_Eateries%20in%20Somers%202020.pdf and the Somers Chamber of Commerce website for more information about takeout and delivery options for local businesses: https://somerschamber.com/

Be Safe & Be Well!

Rick Morrissey

Supervisor 

April 24, 2020

Town of Somers is hosting a Drive-Through COVID-19 testing site at the PhysicianOne location in Baldwin Place on Thursday, April 30, 2020 . Click here for details.

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

April 19, 2020

HELLO SOMERS!

 

I hope this update finds you well.

 

COVID Update for Somers and Westchester:

There are currently 117 cases of COVID reported in Somers; 22,644 positive COVID cases in Westchester County;and, 236,732 across NYS. The hospitalization rate of COVID cases in Westchester is around 11%, which continues to be below the 20%-25% in other areas. The County has a hospital capacity of 3,000 beds with up to 110 more available if the County Center is brought online. Currently, there are approximately 1,165 people hospitalized from COVID in Westchester. The good news is that hospitalization rates in New York have stabilized, and in some cases decreased.The flattening of the curve has worked, and it looks as if we are staving off an overrun of our healthcare system. While this is positive news, data shows that 2,000 NY residents continue to be hospitalized each day from COVID and the daily number of deaths, which is a lagging indicator, continues to be 600-700 people. Statistics recently released by New York State indicate that about 16%of the fatalities in the County have occurred in nursing homes, but that may increase as reporting becomes more efficient.

 

Today the Governor reported that the infection rate in New York has decreased from a pandemic infection rate of 1.4 (meaning one person with COVID was infecting, on average, 1.4 people per day) to .9 which indicates a declining of the infection rate. This again proves that the social distancing measure have been effective, but the margin to the pandemic level of 1.2 is a slim difference. So, social distancing must continue.

 

Residents must wear masks or cloth face covering:

Governor Cuomo has mandated that residents must wear masks or cloth covering the mouth and face in public when social distancing measures (6 feet of personal space) cannot be adhered to.

 

New York on PAUSE has been extended the New York on PAUSE Executive Order through May 15.

 

Somers State of Emergency has been extended to May 15.

Self-Reporting to 911: If you have COVID or are showing symptoms and need assistance from 911, please reporting your status to the dispatcher. This is vitally important to our first responders.

 

The Somers Community Has BeenStepping Up:

Thank you to all of the community groups and residents who are supporting those in need. Remember, the Somers Food Pantry continues to accept donations on non-perishable food items. They are located at 331 Route 100 in Somers. The Somers Lions Club has been matching donations made to the food pantry. If interested in making a donation, please visit somerslionsclub.org.

Town Operations:

Active parks, playgrounds and playing fields have been closed. The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve and Koegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.

 

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit this link for updates and contact information: https://www.somersny.com/reso…/town-offices-closed-to-public

Supporting Local Businesses:

Please check-out the Somers Website https://assets-global.website-files.com/5a3150007b7a1700017bcf4a/5e90e300f7e00b47fbe8e6dd_Eateries%20in%20Somers%202020.pdf and the Somers Chamber of Commerce website for more information about takeoutand delivery options for local businesses: https://somerschamber.com/

 

Town Employees:

Our Town Government is considered an essential service and with that designation Town business has continued uninterrupted.  The reason for the smooth operation goes to our dedicated Town employees who either work from home and or come into the office to serve our community.  My sincere gratitude goes out to each and every one of you for carrying on the business of the Town.

 

Thank you to our first responders:

I continue to be impressed and grateful for our local first responders who are operating under difficult circumstances. Beyond the issues related to COVID, they were busy responding to issues associated with the recent wind storm. I want to specifically thank the Highway Department, who worked tirelessly to reopen town roads as quickly as possible. This ensured anyone in need could get access to emergency services.Residents should be proud of our Police, Fire/EMS and Highway Department asthey continue to work extremely hard on behalf of our community.

 

Be Safe & Be Well

 

Rick Morrissey
Somers Town Supervisor

 

April 10, 2020

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

Hello Somers!

 

HAPPY PASSOVER AND HAPPY EASTER!

 

Here are a few updates:

 

Total Covid virus cases for Somers is 78.

 

All New York State Golf Courses, Marina’s, and Boat Launches are closed by the Governor’s Order until further notice.

 

Taxes are due by April 30th and you are encouraged to mail in your payment.

 

Somers Meals On Wheels is operating with dedicated staff and volunteers delivering over 900 meals a week. The contact number is 914-232-0807.

 

Ride Connect is assisting Seniors with shopping. Check the Town website for further information. The contact number is 914-242-7433.

 

Hope’s Door is accepting calls from anyone in a domestic violence situation. Please avail yourselves of this service if necessary. The number is 1-888-438-8700.

 

Landscaping businesses can operate and conduct maintenance services but must maintain Social Distancing.

 

My Sisters Place - anyone seeking assistance, emergency shelter, or safety planning. Website is www.MSPNY.org  or call 1-800-298-7233. They are available 24/7.

 

As always a big thank you and gratitude to our first responders, Town Staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts.

 

Stay safe and be well.

Rick Morrissey

Supervisor

April 5, 2020

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

COVID-19 Local Update:

There are currently 56 cases reported in Somers; 14,400 positive COVID cases in Westchester County; and, 122,000 across NYS. The cases in Somers are relatively spread out, with Heritage Hills having 15 positive cases. HH also represents the largest populated neighborhood in Somers, so that information is not surprising. The town has been working closely with the Heritage Hills community and security staff, and will continue to do so throughout this crises. The hospitalization rate of COVID cases in Westchester is hovering around 7%-8%, which is well below the 20% range being seen in NYC and Long Island. NYS is reporting that thus far 74% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have been discharged. In fact, the discharged rate for COVID-19 patients continues to increase. This is a great sign. The data also indicates that the contagion is shifting towards Long Island as cases there dramatically increase.  State officials are tracking statistics to determine when we will be reaching the apex of the contagion in our area, and as the Governor reports, this is extremely hard to determine. Most models are point to mid-to-late April, although recent NYS data indicates we could be there now. Regardless, our best defense against the spread of COVID at this point is social distancing. Please make sure you’re implementing this in every aspect of your life, and urging family and friends to do the same. The sooner we all adhere, the sooner we will get through this.

CDC Recommends Use of Face Clothes:

The CDC has recently issued a recommendation that everyone wear face coverings when out in public. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Update from First Responders:

Calls to 911 have increased over the past weeks. Please be sure to inform the 911 dispatcher if you have COVID-19 symptoms so our first responders can prepare accordingly. The Somers FD, EMS, and PD are doing an extraordinary job serving our community in these very difficult times. We all thank them for their service.

 

The Somers Community Has Been Stepping Up:

I’ve been in awe of how our community has come together to help those in need. Many community groups have donated time and resources to help make needed medical equipment, delivery groceries and donate food. Local restaurants have donated meals to our first responders and local pharmacies. The Somers Lions Club is now shifting their focus to help delivery food and groceries to those who cannot venture to stores. More information on this will be released in the coming days.

If you are a local community group or restaurant offering similar services, please contact me directly at supervisor@somersny.com so I can help get the information out to the public.

Town Operations:

Active parks, playgrounds and playing fields have been closed. The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve and Koegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times.

Our Senior Services continue to operate and serve our residents who are at the most risk. Barbara Taberer and her staff have been doing a fantastic job delivering meals and connecting people to necessary resources. We all appreciate their hard work.

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit this link for updates and contact information: https://www.somersny.com/reso…/town-offices-closed-to-public

Getting Involved:

New York State is asking for healthcare providers (nurses, doctors, physician assistants, etc.) to join a “surge force” that will be needed as cases continue to rise. So far, over 50,000 New Yorkers have answered the call. Please see this link for further details: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-…

Supporting Local Businesses:

Please check-out the Somers Chamber of Commerce website for more information about takeout and delivery options for local businesses.

https://somerschamber.com/

Thank You to Our Local Healthcare Workers:

Somers is lucky and proud to be home to a large number of healthcare workers. On behalf of the resident of Somers, I want to thank them for their service during these difficult times. We are grateful for all that you’re doing.

Stay safe & be well Somers

Rick Morrissey

Somers Town Supervisor

April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Local Update:

There are currently 40 cases reported in Somers; over 10,683 in Westchester County;and, 83,712 across NYS. There are 268 Westchester residents hospitalized with COVID-19.  We expect the surge of cases to hit our area in Mid-to- late April, and as such, hospitals have been increasing their capacity with other facilities also being brought online to treat patients. To this point,hospitalizations rates in our area are relatively low, however our actions will directly impact that number. Remember, social distancing remains vitally important as we move forward.  

 

New York on PAUSE Extended:

The Governor’s New York on PAUSE Executive Order has been extended through April 15. This mandates that all non-essential workers in NY work from home. The Executive Order now more broadly restricts the type of construction that is permitted.Grocery stores, restaurants offering takeout, and pharmacies are still considered to be essential services. Here’s an updated link for more information on the Executive Order: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

 

Data continues to show that social distancing is having a positive impact on slowing the hospitalization rate in New York. We all need to do our part in implementing social distancing: Stay home; when outside keep 6 feet of personal space; and,practice good hygiene. Be especially mindful about washing your hands and avoid touching your face.

 

Town Operations:

Active parks,playgrounds and playing fields have been closed. The Town’s passive parks remain open, which includes the Angle Fly Preserve and Koegel Park. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of personal space at all times. 

 

While Town buildings are closed to the public, all departments remain operational. Please visit this link for updates and contact information: https://www.somersny.com/resources/town-offices-closed-to-public

 

Update from Town Police:

Calls to 911 have increased over the past week or so. Those who are in need of emergent care should contact 911, however please be mindful as to whether your situation deems a call to 911,

 

Be sure to lock your cars at night. There have been reports of valuables being stolen from car s left unlocked. Keep home exterior lights on to deter any criminal activity.

 

For victims of domestic violence, please know that there are free resources for legal guidance available to you.

-Hope’s Door: 1-888-438-8700

-Pace Women’s Justice Center: 914-287-0739 or 914-422-4188(leave a message and your call will be returned.

 

Our First Responders:

Our local first responders continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our community. REMINDER: If you are seeking assistance from emergency services and have been infected,ordered to quarantine, or have any indication that you may have or been exposed to COVID-19, please be sure to inform the dispatcher when you call 911.

 

We are grateful for our Town Police, Fire Department, EMS, and Highway Department for their hard work during these difficult times.

 

COVID-19 Testing Informational Resources:

Please see the link below for more information on COVID-19 testing.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing

 

Getting Involved:

New York State is asking for healthcare providers (nurses, doctors, physician assistants,etc.) to join a “surge force” that will be needed as cases continue to rise. So far, over 50,000 New Yorkers have answered the call. Please see this link for further details: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

 

Supporting Local Businesses:

Please check-out the Somers Chamber of Commerce website for more information about takeout and delivery options for local businesses.

https://somerschamber.com/

 

Somers Food Pantry:

The Somers Food Pantry at St.Luke's Church is continuing to take donations of nonperishable items.

There are now two large donation boxes outside the church office door, along the driveway. Volunteers will empty the boxes every day, but if the weather is inclement, put yourdonation in plastic to keep it dry.

St Luke’s is located at 331 Route100, Somers, NY. 

Stay safe & Be well Somers

Rick Morrissey

Somers Town Supervisor

March 31. 2020

Westchester County Office of the County Attorney Guidance on Determining Which Businesses are Essential

March 30, 2020

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

Memo from Somers Police Chief Driscoll outlining Supervisor's Morrissey Video Update from 3/30/20

Westchester County Executive George Latimer gives COVID-19 Update


March 27, 2020

Coronavirus Video Update from Supervisor Morrissey

Westchester County Executive George Latimer to Give COVID-19 Update

Friday, March 27, 1 p.m.

Update to be given via the Switch

Switch number(212) 227-9191

Circuit is WCPR1

Bars and tone will be live at 12:45pm

Video sent out at 1080i

Update will also be live on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/westchestergov/

March 26, 2020

New York Blood Center Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations

March 25, 2020 -
Outbreak continues/Importance of Social Distancing:

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, healthcare experts are estimating that infections will peak in the NY Metro area within the next month or two. The testing capacity in Westchester has increased, and so have positive test results. This is as to be expected. Currently, there are 30,811 cases COVID-19 cases in New York State with Westchester having 4,691 cases. There are 10 officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somers. Keep in mind that in early March, there were only 2 confirmed cases in NYC and 1 confirmed in Westchester, in all of New York.   

These statistics speak to the importance of social distancing and staying home. We all need to do our part to slow the spread of the disease in order to maintain capacity for our healthcare providers. The Governor has reported that projections show social distancing is working. While the vast majority of those infected with COVID-19 will self-resolve, it’s expected that up to 20% may need hospitalization.  A sudden and prolonged spike in infections, along with the 20% hospitalization rate, could overwhelm our healthcare system. So, please heed the advice of healthcare experts: practice good hygiene; stay home; and,when you need to go out for essentials, practice social distancing.

New York State has been working with local governments to expand hospital beds in our area. The Westchester County Center has been identified as a location for additional beds, and there is discussion about some larger parking lots being utilized as field hospitals. Hospitals in our area have been ordered to increase their bed capacity as well.

Also remember that the entire State remains under an Executive Order known as NewYork on PAUSE whereas 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential service. More information can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

Getting Involved:

New York State is asking for healthcare providers (nurses, doctors, physician assistants, etc.) to join a “surge force” that will be needed as cases continue to rise. So far, 40,000 New Yorkers have answered the call. Please see this link for further details: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

Our Local First Responders:

Our local first responders continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our community. If you are seeking assistance from emergency services and have been infected, ordered to quarantine, or have any indication that you may have or been exposed to COVID-19, please be sure to inform the dispatcher when you call 911.

Grocery Supply Chain Remains Strong:

The supply chain for grocery stores remains strong. There is no need to hoard goods and supplies. Please be kind and mindful of others when shopping. For those of you who may be in the “at-risk” category, there are a variety of volunteers and organizations such as St. Luke's Church that offer groceries and grocery stores that offer home deliveries.

Town Operations:

While town facilities are closed to the public, local government operations are ongoing. A big thank you to the Highway Department and Police Department for their continued hard work. If you need to be in touch with any town department,please visit our website for contact information. https://www.somersny.com/

COVID-19 Testing Informational Resources:

Please seethe link below for more information on COVID-19 testing.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing

Somers is a Strong Community:

These are undoubtedly some difficult times for our nation, region, and community.However, we must support one-another. Be compassionate, be kind, and know that we’re all struggling with our own challenges. This too shall pass, and we all will be better for it. In the meantime, enjoy the time with your family and loved ones.

Be Well Somers

Rick Morrissey

Somers Town Supervisor

March 24, 2020-

Coronavirus Video Update by Supervisor Morrissey and Deputy Supervisor Garrity

March 20, 2020-

Gov. Cuomo Press Conference Today

Directs 100% of businesses closing (except essential services) and directs all residents to stay home.

Essential businesses that can stay open include:  

Grocers and restaurants, health care providers, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, hardware stores, laundromats and cleaners, child-care providers,auto repair shops, utility companies, warehouses and distributors, delivery services, plumbers and other skilled contractors, animal-care providers,transportation providers, construction companies and many kinds of manufacturers.

Coronavirus Video Update by Supervisor Morrissey and Deputy Supervisor Garrity

The Power of Social Distancing

NYS Department of Health Guidance on How to Protect You and Your Family from COVID-19 When Enjoying the Outdoors

Small Businesses in Harckham's Senate District are Eligible for Federal Disaster Loans

March 18, 2020-

List of Restaurants with Take Out Services

Hello Somers! I ask that during these difficult times you practice social responsibility by staying at home if at all possible. Please lead by example and reassure your children that, by staying at home or in the yard, they will prevent the spread of this virus. Explain to your older children who are home from school and college that by meeting up with friends and socializing, it puts you and your family at risk when they return home. These are unfortunate and unprecedented actions we must take to stay healthy.  

Please check our website for a list of restaurants offering take-out services. When out in the community picking up food orders be sure to practice social distancing (6 feet or more).  Finally, let’s be mindful of the less fortunate in our community and alert my office to any needs you may be aware of.

Let’s Flatten the Curve of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Be well Somers!

Supervisor Rick Morrissey

March 16, 2020-

Town of Somers Declaration of a State of Emergency

Emergency Order Closing Town Facilities and Parks

Coronavirus Video Update by Supervisor Morrissey

Coronavirus Video Update by Deputy Supervisor Garrity

Coronavirus Video Update by Police Chief Driscoll

The Town of Somers has been busy preparing for an extended period of social distancing in our community. Doing so will help stem the drastic spread of the virus, and protect those most at risk. To that end, I have declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Somers with the hopes of doing our part to 'Flatten the Curve' of the Coronavirus Outbreak.  I am urging residents, whenever possible, to stay home, limit social interactions,avoid large gatherings and maintain a distance of 6ft or more of personal space. Public health officials recommend these practices,which can serve to avoid a spike in infections and save our healthcare providers from being overwhelmed over the coming weeks and months. For those of you who can implement these actions, please do so immediately.

 

Please also note that town buildings, Reis Park,Van Tassell and Dog Parks will be closed to public access until further notice. This is being done to limit exposure to residents and Town staff. All Town departments remain operational and staff is available by phone or email. Each department has instituted emergency plans to address residents needs for conducting business with the Town.  

 

By Executive Order, Governor Cuomo suspended the open meetings law to enable Board and Committee meetings to be conducted in person or via a platform such as Skype, without public presence. The caveats are: Skype (or the like) meetings must be open to the public to sign on and/or the meeting must be recorded.  In the case of the Town of Somers, we live broadcast most of our meetings and will be allowing the public to comment via phone conferencing.  

 

Let’s look to take care of those most at risk in our community, and join together in these difficult times. There will be some rough days ahead, but we must do our part and support one another. Please know that our Town Police have a list of at-risk individuals in our community and they will be conducting wellness checks. 

For questions regarding if you should be tested and to receive a testing number call the New York State Coronavirus Testing Hot Line 888-364-3065.

My message to residents....“Flatten the Curve” stay home whenever possible, care for your families and neighbors during these unprecedented times. We will get through this.  Be well Somers.

 

Rick Morrissey

Town Supervisor

March 13, 2020-

Hello Somers-

The Town government,as I’m sure all of you are aware continues to monitor the developments with COVID-19. While this is a very fluid situation, local municipal officials are being updated by our partners at Westchester County.

Here’s what we know at this point:

- The Governor has announced a ban on events with 500 or more people, and the NYS Health Department is urging “social distancing” whenever possible. Be smart about attending large indoor events, especially if you’re over the age of 60.

- Bars & Restaurants and other facilities with listed occupancy of less than 500 will have their capacity temporarily reduced by 50%, including the Town House.

- NYS is working to expand testing capacity with private labs; and, a drive through testing facility in New Rochelle will be initiated for residents living in that area. This will surely lead to an increase in the number of positive cases, but don’t panic, that is to be expected. We need to identify those who are infected in order to stop the spread of the disease.

- Call your medical provider if you are not well and don’t go to the hospital unless directed by your medical provider or it is absolutely necessary. We do not want to infect doctors and medical staff at the ER with the COVID-19 virus.As repeatedly stated, 80% of those impacted by the virus will self-resolve without the need for medical care. Please avoid taking up valuable capacity and resources at the hospital if it’s not absolutely necessary.

- As of today, County officials have reported that there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Somers. Due to privacy laws and HIPAA, there are restrictions as to what information can be released to municipal officials.

- The Somers Fire Dept. and EMS are asking that anyone who calls for assistance and is quarantining, make them aware of your medical situation. This will allow them to take all the necessary precautions.

Department Information:

• Somers Highway Department: (914) 232-4848
The facility is closed to the public until further notice. We are also asking that residents limit their access to other town facilities in an effort to limit exposure to the public and staff. Feel free to call Town offices for guidance on whatever your needs are.

• Assessor’s Office: (914) 277-3504
All new exemption and exemption renewal applications are due by May 1.  All Enhanced STAR renewals are now handled by NY State Taxation & Finance --call them at (518) 457-2036. For all new exemptions and any required renewals,especially the Senior Citizen Exemption renewal, the Assessor’s Office would prefer you e-mail the completed exemption forms and required documents to tstegner@somersny.com, or mail to: Assessor; Town of Somers, 335 Route 202; Somers, NY 10589.  Upon receipt, youwill receive an e-mail reply or a stamped receipt in the mail.  For questions please call and leave a message.  We will return your call as soon as possible.

• Justice Court: (914) 277-8225
If you have an appearance and are ill that you call the Court for an adjournment.  Payments should be made by regular mail when practical to Justice Court, 335 Route 202; Somers, NY 10589

• Planning & Engineering: (914) 277-5366
Please access all environmental forms, requests for wetland and steep slope permits, pool permits, tree removal permits, subdivision and site plan applications, lot line changes on line and call the office if you have any questions or problems accessing files.  Submit all completed applications and checks (made payable to Town of Somers) by regular mail because money cannot be received electronically, Planning & Engineering, Town of Somers, 335 Route 202; Somers, NY 10589.  Call with any questions rather than coming into the office. 

• Somers Library: (914) 232-5717
Please do not visit the Library if you are sick and if necessary, contact us by phone. Library programs will be cancelled until further notice. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, if you are overdue on Library materials, we will workwith you to forgive any overdue fines.

• Receiver of Taxes: (914) 277-3610
2020 Town/County Tax bills will be mailed out by April 1st and are due April 30th.  Due to the Covid-19/ Coronavirus pandemic we ask taxpayers to mail their payments in when possible and to make sure they are postmarked on or before April 30th.   If paying in person, please ensure that you are symptom free orask someone who is to deliver your payment.  If we can be of any assistance please contact Tax Receiver, Michele McKearney directly.

• Senior Nutrition Program: (914) 232-0807
Meals on Wheels will remain open during the coronavirus emergency. As of Monday, March 16, all programs including balance and strength exercise, Yoga,Line dance, Ballroom, Bridge, Mahjong, Canasta, Art, shopping and congregate lunch will be until further notice. We will reach out seniors during this period to provide updates. We will honor medical appointments scheduled prio rto today.

• Parks and Recreation: (914) 232-8441
The Wednesday Somers Senior Citizen Club meetings at the Amawalk Firehouse are cancelled until further notice.

• Building Department: (914) 277-3539
In an effort to minimize close contact with multiple guests at once, please call our office to schedule an appointment before coming in.

• Zoning Department: (914) 277-5582
Please contact our office by phone or email at dschirmer@somersny.com to keep all of us healthy and safe. 

- PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE!!! We know the drill by now...wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home if you’re sick and clean frequently touched surfaces. For questions regarding the COVID-19, call 2-1-1.

Somers is a strong community, and we’re all in this together. Unity is extremely important during these times, and at the end of the day we’re all family here in Somers. Let’s be mindful of the people most at risk, and check-in to see where we can lend a helping hand.

Be well Somers.

Rick Morrissey
Supervisor

March 11, 2020 -

Hello Somers-

Based on new protocols, the Town of Somers has been officially notified by health officials of our first case of COVID-19 virus. This was publicly announced last week as the individual self-reported. Due to HIPAA and other privacy laws, no further details are being provided to local governments at this time. An investigation is being conducted by the NYS Dept. of Health, and public health officials will be following up with anyone who may have been in contact with this individual. Certainly, if the Town becomes aware of any new information impacting the Somers community at large, it will be put out for public consumption by my office.

 

Acting in the best interest of the community, and exercising an abundance of caution,tonight's Planning Board meeting has been canceled, additionally, we are canceling the Public Hearings on the New School Proposed Local Law to amend Chapter 170, entitled Zoning, Article VII, entitled Office Business OB-100 Districts and the revisions to Town of Somers Comprehensive Plan Update adopted February 11, 2016, scheduled for tomorrow night. We expect it would generate a large number of attendees in what is a relatively confined space. The Town Board will meet as scheduled to conduct routine business as Town Board meetings do not draw large crowds.

 

The Town will be working to implement measures moving forward so that residents will have alternative ways to submit comment without having to attend meetings in person. Please watch the government access channel Thursday night as we will be updating the public on the latest Coronavirus information received from the County and State.

 

Sincerely,

RickMorrissey

Somers Town Supervisor

March 10, 2020 -

The Paramount Nursing Home is practicing an abundance of caution and is not accepting any visitors during this time in order to protect the health and well being of its residents.

March 7, 2020 -

A resident of Somers has  been diagnosed with COVID-19. Family members have tested negative. This individual proactively self reported to the School District. As has been announced, all Somers schools will be closed on Monday out of an abundance of caution for cleaning. The person has a child in the district, but did not visit the campus within the past few weeks.

It’s important to keep the situation in context, and not to panic. Health officials have communicated that 80% of people infected will have mild to no symptoms. The people at most risk are the elderly and those with serious underlying health issues. We can best protect ourselves and our families by following advice of public health professions, which is to essentially take the same steps to avoid the flu or the common cold.

     -Practice good hygiene. It’s obvious, but effective. Washing your hands; don’t touch you face; and, cough into you sleeve or tissue.

      -Wipe down and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

      -Stay home if you’re feeling sick, and avoid people who are sick.

The Town will pass along additional information from the Westchester County Health Department moving forward. They, along with the NYS Health Department, are the lead agencies advising schools and local governments on response actions and protocols. The Town has been working with local health officials and meeting with community groups in preparation for the future.

Please take time to educate yourself about the virus. See links below. The Somers community is strong and resilient. As health officials urge, go about your  normal routines, but use common sense about good hygiene.

 

New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Westchester County Department of Health Fact Sheet

        More information from the Westchester County Department of Health.

CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Fact Sheet

         More information from the CDC.

NYS Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Healthcare Settings Where Individuals Under Movement Restriction for COVID-19 are Staying

**For Answers to Coronavirus Questions, call 211**

                                                                 

Important Message from an MD who worked on coronaviruses - Jim James Robb, MD:

I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS),from different animal sources.


The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.


Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take.

These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:


1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump,slight bow, elbow bump, etc.


2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.


3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.


4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.


5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.


6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.


7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!


What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:


1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.


Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you!BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects you rlungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.


2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.


3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.


4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges.These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY"cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

I,as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved.BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.


I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us! 

~ Jim James Robb, MD

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