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April 4, 2020

COVID-19 Statistics and Mental Health Resources

In the United States, there are currently over 258,000 COVID-19 cases, and there have been 6,600 deaths. In New York State, there are now more than 113,000 COVID-19 cases, and there have been 2,935 deaths statewide with 562 deaths in the last 24 hours.  Allegany County’s statistics as of noon on April 4, 2020, are as follows:

  • Confirmed Cases:  16
  • COVID-19 Related Deaths:  1
  • Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date:  195
  • Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 146
  • Currently Quarantined/Isolated:  49

The COVID-19 virus shows no partiality or prejudice.  Regardless of our age, ethnic background, socio-economic status, occupation, or financial situation, when it comes to the COVID-19 virus, we are equal.  We are all connected and what happens to one impacts us all.  We are in this together, and we must fight this together.  Statistics show that the best way to fight this deadly virus is by staying home.  If you can’t stay home, please practice social distancing, remain diligent with personal hand hygiene, and limit exposure throughout your community.  By avoiding contact with others, we will slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and hopefully protect our most vulnerable citizens from contracting the COVID-19 virus.

The mental health and well-being of all of our citizens is very important to us.  If your life or someone else is in imminent danger, call 911.  If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please contact the following resources:

COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
Allegany County Crisis Hotline:  888-448-3367
Allegany County Community Services:  585-593-1991 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255)
NYS Text Line:  Text “GOT5” to 741741
Veterans’ Crisis Lifeline:  822-273-8255  (Press 1)

For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Call:  585-268-9250  (Health Department)
Email:  healthinfo@alleganyco.com
Website:  www.alleganyco.com
Facebook:  Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Statistics

In New York State, there are now more than 92,000 COVID-19 cases, and there have been 2,373 deaths statewide. Allegany County’s statistics as of 4:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020, are as follows:

  • Confirmed Cases:  13
  • COVID-19 Related Deaths:  1
  • Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date:  170
  • Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 114
  • Currently Quarantined/Isolated:  56

Now more than ever, County officials urge all citizens to practice social distancing, remain diligent with personal hand hygiene, limit exposure throughout the community, and remain home if possible.

For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Call:  585-268-9250  (Health Department)
Email:  healthinfo@alleganyco.com
Website:  www.alleganyco.com
Facebook:  Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
Allegany County Crisis Hotline:  888-448-3367

April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Statistics and Launch of Local Take 5 for NY

In the United States, there are currently 186,101 COVID-19 cases, and there have been 3,603 deaths. The CDC reported that 1,110 of the 186,101 cases were travel-related, 3,128 were close contact cases, and the remaining 181,863 are still under investigation. In New York State, there are now 83,712 COVID-19 cases, and there have been 1,942 deaths statewide. Allegany County’s statistics as of 3:00 p.m. on April 1, 2020, are as follows:

  • Confirmed Cases:  11
  • COVID-19 Related Deaths:  1
  • Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date:  170
  • Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 114
  • Currently Quarantined/Isolated:  56

Take 5 for New York is a new county-wide campaign that is being launched to encourage Allegany County residents to take five minutes out of each day to call a friend, loved one, or acquaintance who may be alone and feeling isolated during this period of social distancing. It is part of a state-wide effort promoted by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).

“Participating county officials are calling on their residents to take just five minutes of everyday to call on a loved one, friend, neighbor, acquaintance to say hi, check on them, see if they need anything, lift their spirits, and tell them they are not alone, “ said NYSAC Executive Director, Stephen Acquario. “It doesn’t matter what you talk about. You can talk about this crisis or the latest show you are watching. The point is connecting with people in our community who could use it the most.”

This statewide campaign is being launched with the hashtag #Take5ForNY.

About NYSAC:

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all the counties of New York State, including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate, serve, and advocate for member counties and the elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Call:  585-268-9250  (Health Department)
Email:  healthinfo@alleganyco.com
Website:  www.alleganyco.com
Facebook:  Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
Allegany County Crisis Hotline:  888-448-3367

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March 31, 2020

Allegany County Updated Statistics and Recovery
The Allegany County Department of Health would like you to know that the 107 people released from
isolation or quarantine includes some of our positive cases and other sick individuals who have recovered
and are well. “People are recovering from COVID-19. They would not be released by our office without
guidance from the New York State Department of Health confirming that they are well and not contagious
any longer,” said Tyler Shaw, Deputy Public Health Director. “Once released, they are free to go out, but
they should still be practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible, like everyone
else,” he said.
Allegany County’s statistics as of 3:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020, are as follows:
Confirmed Cases: 10
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1
Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date: 160
Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 107
Currently Quarantined/Isolated: 53
For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Call: 585-268-9250 (Health Department)
Email: healthinfo@alleganyco.com
Website: www.alleganyco.com
Facebook: Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314
Allegany County Crisis Hotline: 888-448-3367

03 31 20 Updated Statistics Recovery Message Allegany County Press Release

March 31, 2020

 

 

Mental Health Resources Available in Allegany County

How To Get Help For You or A Loved One

 

 

Belmont, New York- Allegany County Community Services and the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition wish to stress the importance of seeking help for individuals who are struggling with emotional, mental, and social well-being. Confidential services are only a phone call away for you or a family member who may be experiencing a mental health crisis and those who are looking for support.

 

“Although services may be delivered differently right now, mental health providers are available to help those in need,” explained Lindy White, Deputy Director of Allegany County Community Services. “Support is provided via phone, in person, and through secured websites. Interventions may include in the moment support, mediation, follow-up support, information and referrals, and linkage to outpatient mental health services. Due to COVID-19, most community-based mental health counseling services are being offered through secure, online appointments. Yet, the mental health system is prepared to support families and individuals in crisis through in-person interventions when needed.”

 

Toll-free hotlines and warmlines are also available for those experiencing a crisis or simply need someone to talk to. Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis.

 

“Hotlines and warmlines allow individuals to talk to someone when they are feeling anxious, depressed, or simply need someone to listen,” continued White. “While most people will find positive ways to cope in the face of adversity, loss, disasters such as COVID-19, and other stressful events; some people will exhaust their personal coping mechanism and struggle to find hopeful solutions. We want to remind county residents that resources are available.”

 

If your life or someone else is in imminent danger, Call 911.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please contact the following resources:

Allegany County Crisis Hotline: 1-888-448-3367
Allegany County Community Services: 1-585-593-1991 (Mon.-Fri.: 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NYS Crisis Text Line: Text “GOT5” to 741741
Veterans’ Crisis Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Allegany County’s Behavioral Health Providers are working hard to serve our community during the COVID-19 crisis:

Allegany County Community Services: 585-593-1991 (Mon.-Fri.: 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse: 585-593-1920
Clarity Wellness Community: 585-593-6300

OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314 
Free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by mental health professionals and volunteers that have received training in crisis counseling.

Research shows individuals may display warning signs when they are in crisis or prior to harming themselves. Although not everyone who dies by suicide demonstrates warning signs, if you do notice any of the following, the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition urges you to seek help immediately.

Important Warning Signs:

  • Focuses on death. Some people talk openly about wanting to die or to commit suicide. Or they dwell on the topic of death and dying. They may research ways to kill themselves or buy a gun, knife, or pills.
  • Makes plans. The person may take steps to prepare for death, like updating a will, giving away stuff, and saying goodbye to others. Some may write a suicide note.
  • Becomes withdrawn. The person avoids close friends and family, loses interest in activities and social events, and becomes isolated.
  • Shows despair. The person may talk openly about unbearable pain or feeling like they’re a burden on others.
  • Shows swings in mood or sleep. Often, the person may be depressed, anxious, sad, or angry. They also may be very irritable, moody, or aggressive. But they can suddenly turn calm once they’ve decided to go through with the suicide. Then they may sleep a lot more or a lot less than usual.
  • Drinks or takes drugs. Substance misuse raises the chance of suicide. Using a lot of drugs and alcohol may be an attempt to dull the pain or to harm themselves.
  • Acts recklessly. The person may take dangerous chances, like driving drunk or having risky sex.
  • Loss of Identity. Such loss of identity can result in increased levels of generalized anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, a loss of self-confidence, social anxiety, isolation, chronic loneliness, all of which threaten our ability to connect with other people.

Risk-Factors:

  • Mental illness
  • Addictions to alcohol or other drugs
  • A serious physical illness
  • A major loss (such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship or job)
  • Serious legal or financial problems
  • A history of trauma or abuse

If you suspect someone is in crisis seek help from local resources, such as hotlines and our behavioral health community. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 and try to keep the person calm and get help from others

Seeking help is not a sign of weakness. It’s important to stop the stigma and open the door for improved mental health. For further information about Allegany County’s Behavioral Health System, please contact Lindy White at 585-593-1991. To learn more about the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition, visit us online at www.ardentnetwork.org.

 

03 31 20 Mental Health Resources Available In Allegany County Press Release

 

March 30,2020

Allegany County COVID-19 Update

Earlier today the Health Department released that Allegany County suffered its first death from the COVID-19 virus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual who has died.  The health and safety of all Allegany County residents is our top priority, and we ask that everyone do their part to prevent becoming infected and infecting others.

Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:

Confirmed Cases:  9
COVID-19 Related Deaths:  1
Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date:  153
Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 107
Currently Quarantined/Isolated:  46

There have been many questions surrounding isolation and quarantine (I&Q).  Isolation is the term used for containing someone that is ill in their home or a designated area.  Quarantine is containing a person who is well, but has been exposed to a confirmed case.  As you can see, the Health Department has quarantined or isolated a total of 153 County residents. Of the 153 that have been quarantined or isolated, 107 have been released from I&Q which means they have passed the contagious period if quarantined, or they are not experiencing any symptoms and are feeling well for isolated individuals.

The Health Department responds immediately upon notification of a positive case to get them and their direct contacts out of the public.  These people are checked on every day until they are released.  The Health Department also ensures that any needs they have such as food and medication are met so they don’t have to go out of their home for anything.

The Health Department thought the attached Symptom Tracker might be of benefit to help you keep track of your symptoms, twice a day. Feel free to print it off or save it on your computer to fill out for each person in your household.

For additional COVID-19 questions and information:

Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Call:  585-268-9250  (Health Department)
Email:  healthinfo@alleganyco.com
Website:  www.alleganyco.com
Facebook:  Allegany County, NY, Government & Allegany County Department of Health
COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: 844-863-9314

03 30 20 Allegany County Press Release COVID 19 Update
COVID 19 Symptom Tracker

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ALLEGANY COUNTY SUFFERS FIRST DEATH FROM COVID–19
The Allegany County Department of Health was recently notified of the death of our first County resident.
“To protect the family’s privacy, the only information we are releasing is that the person was over 60 years
old and had other health conditions that could have compromised their recovery from COVID–19,” said
Lori Ballengee, Public Health Director. “I can’t stress strongly enough that this is a community acquired
disease. While we are protecting the public by isolating or quarantining exposed people immediately
after we are notified, there are still things you can do. We understand people are feeling afraid and
powerless right now. But you do have the power and control to protect you and your family as much as
you can by following the guidance below,” she said.

Community acquired means you can get it from respiratory droplets from infected people and on any
surface as long as the virus is alive. So if you touch a door handle, counter, etc. that has live virus on it,
then touch a mucous membrane (nose, eye, mouth) you can introduce the virus into your body.
Identifying a store or business where people may have been doesn’t help because the virus is everywhere
and can give a false sense of security that the virus isn’t everywhere else.

You need to be cautious everywhere by: Staying at home as much as you possibly can. You should
only be leaving your home for:

Essential Trips:
Work if you are identified as an essential worker. If you work with the public and have any underlying
medical conditions, have a frank discussion with your employer to work from home or at least not have
contact with the public. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from everyone at work if you can. Go to work
then directly home as much as possible.

Infrequent trips to the grocery/pharmacy, etc. Get in and get out. Send only one person from the family
to the store at all times. Take a list with you to decrease your exposure time and don’t stop to chat. Stay
at least 6 feet away from people in the store if you can. Try to stock up for about a week. The trucks
are still bringing supplies. There is no need to hoard.

To receive medical care as needed – call your physician to determine when you need to be seen. When
your physician is closed, call 911 if you need medical care that cannot wait until your physician is open.
You can go outside around your home only, to get some fresh air and exercise as long as you don’t come
closer than 6 to 8 feet from other people. Children should not play with others that do not reside in the
same household. Playgrounds and parks are not ideal because there are a lot of high touch surfaces
and it’s hard for little ones to stay away from each other and not touch their face.

Practice Good Hygiene:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after returning home from work/being in the public,
after sneezing/coughing, using the bathroom, before preparing meals, and before eating. This is the most
effective way to rid your hands of the virus. There are some great videos out to instruct and encourage kids to wash their hands and make it fun. Good and frequent hand washing is a year-round protection. If you are not near soap and water, hand sanitizer is your next best protection. Remember with all of this frequent hand washing, your hands may become chapped and create unseen cracks in your skin. Use a non-greasy lotion after washing to prevent chapping. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand as this will help control the spread of the droplets. Immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

Monitor for Symptoms:
If you are ill with anything, stay home, even if you are an essential worker. The CDC recommends staying
home until you are fever/symptom free, with no medication for at least 72 hours. You are looking for an
unusual cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, and a new tightness/pain in your chest, and/or shortness of
breath. A good rule of thumb for that is if you can’t speak a full sentence without running out of breath.
Some people have also reported a headache, severe body aches, runny nose, and in some cases
diarrhea. If you or your family start having symptoms, call your physician or 911 and let them know you
are having symptoms. Please don’t show up at their office or at the ER or Urgent Care. They need to
know you have symptoms and will decide if you need to be tested for COVID–19 or seasonal flu, etc. and
give you instructions.

The County has developed a COVID–19 Call Center (585) 268-9700, for general questions. If you have
questions about whether you should be tested, or any symptoms, please call your physician. They know
you best and can accurately determine your health care needs, including testing for COVID-19.

March 29, 2020

Open Letter to Our Friends and Neighbors in Allegany County

On March 14 a State of Emergency was declared for Allegany County. This was done in conjunction with our Public Health Director, and as a response to conversations and meetings with the County School Superintendents in dealing with COVID-19. It was an official action, not taken lightly, and properly done. Since that declaration many other directives, executive orders, interviews, articles, notices, press releases, and announcements have gone out from our President, our Governor, various departments and agencies, and other folks just wanting to help out. Some have been official documents, some letters to the editor, and an awful lot of social media comments, both good and bad. Our positions in Allegany County government operations have allowed us to be involved in what seems like endless volumes of information from many varying groups and sources. Our Governor, our Congressman, our state elected officials, the state EMS group, the New York State Association of Counties, the Regional Economic Development Group, the NYS Department of Health, and the list goes on for those that have responded in some way. Many of these entities have set up daily briefings by phone, some statewide, some regionally, some with hundreds of callers on the line at one time, and many conversations with just a couple of people at a time. We have concentrated on what is best for Allegany County, how is the situation being handled in other areas of the state, and how can our actions improve the outcomes for you, our friends and neighbors.

Never in the history of Allegany County have we been faced with this type of situation. We have improvised and adapted beyond our typical emergency preparedness, usually storm related. There are many individuals and groups that have gone way beyond their regular everyday duties to help all of us in this extraordinary circumstance, and we have a long way to go. Our County Board of Health and the Health Department employees, our Board of Legislators, our Administrative Team, the Emergency Services personnel, our Department Heads, and County employees have all gone out of their way to do what needed to be done up to this point. Our Office for the Aging has had a spike in the home delivered meals and the volunteers and workers in this program have been magnificent. Our Public Works Department and employees have been a jack-of all-trades filling in as needed. Our first responders, healthcare providers, hospitals, and nursing facilities have continued to care for anyone that needs help, and they are on the front lines as the virus moves through our County. We mention these people, as we are in awe and admiration at the way people have stepped up to help without complaint.

As we go forward, we will continue to put the facts and information out to the public on a regular basis. We will update the known confirmed cases, the number of people that are quarantined and in isolation, and other statistics that are relayed to us from confirmed sources. We will try to keep a familiar format and report that is easy to understand as numbers change. We would also like to clarify that our E-911 Center is aware of the locations of the confirmed cases as well as those individuals in quarantine and isolation. If an emergency call is made from a location with a confirmed COVID-19 case or individuals in quarantine or isolation, that information will be relayed to our first responders. Our Public Health Director and the Board of Health has taken these cases very seriously. These individuals are checked on daily and have been assured that their privacy will be kept confidential. When someone has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, there is an extensive investigation as to who, what, where, and when contacts have been made over the past week to ten days depending on when their symptoms began. We remain confident and stand with our Public Health Director and the healthcare professionals she depends on as these individual cases are scrutinized. As the public, you should know that this virus is prevalent across New York State and across Allegany County. When you leave your home and go to areas that the general public visits, be it the grocery store, post office, or other exempt business, and service providers, you take a chance that you could contract the virus. This is why we have stated that we are battling a deadly virus, and it is more important than ever to reduce your chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus by practicing social distancing, remaining diligent with personal hand hygiene, limiting exposure throughout the community, and remaining home if possible. We are fairly certain that the number of cases will continue to rise as it has in other areas. Let’s be thankful for our rural, less populated area that will help keep those numbers down. Say a prayer for and be respectful of those that have the virus or are in isolation waiting for symptoms to subside. As a community, continue helping your friends and neighbors work through these anxious times, just we have always done.

Sincerely,

Curt Crandall

Carissa Knapp

 

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