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COVID-19, a respiratory disease with symptoms very similar to the flu or the common cold, was first identified in late-December 2019.

Important information is available for schools, businesses, and residents to protect against respiratory illnesses. A Spanish-language version is also available.

Dutchess County Coronavirus Information Hotline:  845-486-3555

New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (

Current Status & Latest News

The Department of Behavioral & Community Health continues to monitor individuals who have a confirmed case of COVID-19. We are grateful for these individuals' cooperation in our mitigation efforts.

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Symptoms & Testing

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
  • Pneumonia

CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

What should you do if you are experiencing symptoms and have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with someone who has traveled to these areas or has a confirmed case of Coronavirus?

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Several sites have opened in Dutchess County for those experiencing symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19 to be screened.



COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person to person who are in close contact with one another (less than 6 feet of distance) through respiratory droplets when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes.  It may also be possible for COVID-19 to be spread through touching infected objects or surfaces.

How do I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

Make hand washing a healthy habit - stop the spread of Coronavirus and protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue (not your hands), then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and take special care to help the elderly and people with underlying health conditions avoid exposure. Call instead of visiting those most at risk. Offer help delivering groceries and other necessities so they can stay at home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning product that contains bleach.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others whenever possible. Avoid social gatherings and unnecessary appointments.

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