CARMEL, N.Y. - As part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to reduce exposure and the spread of the virus, Putnam County Government has closed all county facilities to the public, but essential county services will continue.

For emergencies and emergencies only, the public should contact the department directly via phone. Check the county’s website for the direct numbers to each department.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell acknowledges the sacrifices that we as a community make as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“During these challenging times, I am proud of the way the community is stepping up and doing what it takes to support each other,” Odell said. “We will remain diligent and together we will work through this.”

Odell said her administration has been working closely with the Putnam County Legislature to implement the rapidly unfolding policy changes.

“We will do all that we can to keep Putnam residents and employees safe,” Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said. “These are challenging times, but we want the public to know we are looking out for them.”

Drop boxes have been installed at the County Office Building and will be installed at other facilities in the near future for any essential paperwork the public needs to submit to the county. It is advisable to call the relevant department before leaving any documents.  

Additionally, all county operations have been reduced by 50 percent to comply with Gov. Cuomo’s directive of March 16. Essential services remain fully staffed.

As per President Trump’s guidelines, it is recommended that gatherings be limited to 10 people or less and travel should be limited only on an as-needed basis.

Odell said that Putnam County Government is focused on the safety of its residents, employees, and community. The Health Department remains the lead agency and is working very closely with the Bureau of Emergency Services and all departments and is coordinating daily with federal, state and local officials.  We will continue to keep the public updated as new information is received.

Article provided by the County Executive's Office