March 11, 2020
By now we are all acutely aware of the fast spreading coronavirus. We know that the instances of infections will increase before they begin to subside. Federal, State, County and Town officials who provide health services for us have been extremely diligent in publicly sharing information about the spread of the disease. Our partners at Northwell Health have also been in touch and are extremely supportive. I don’t have any additional information that has not already been widely reported in the media.
I will share these reminders provided to me by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Judi Bosworth which bears repeating:
As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises the following to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers when water is not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Avoid sharing personal household items such as glasses and eating utensils
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, including doorknobs, phones, and tabletops.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid large gatherings and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
If you or anyone you know has additional questions or concerns, please visit cdc.gov or call the New York State Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 where callers can speak to an actual medical expert.
Be safe, be healthy.
Lawrence J. Montreuil
Mayor, Village of New Hyde Park