Coronavirus Update from Mayor Paul Rosenberg

Posted on March 16, 2020

Dear Rye Brook Residents:

Here are some Coronavirus updates since my email yesterday:

  • There are currently 220 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Westchester.  However, that number is most likely higher, as testing is happening slower than we would like.
  • One person in Rye Brook is confirmed to have Coronavirus.  That person is recovering at home (80% of all cases will self-resolve and may not even present symptoms). But we should all realize that the number of confirmed cases will continue to rise.  This is only the beginning.
  • Earlier today, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order which ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dining rooms and offer takeout only.  He also ordered the closing of all theaters and gyms.  You can still support your locally-owned restaurant by ordering take out!
  • The Governor also requested that all local governments require that non-essential employees not report to work, reducing the workforce by 50% until at least March 31.  The goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 through less staff interaction between employees and the public.
As a result, the Village of Rye Brook is instituting the following guidelines effective March 17, 2020 and continuing through March 31, 2020:
  • The Building Department, Public Works and Administration Offices in Village Hall will only be open to the public from 9:00am to 12:00 noon Monday through Friday.  The front doors to the building will be locked at 12:00 noon.
  • Building Department activities will be limited to receiving applications at the counter, issuing permits, performing exterior inspections, and performing interior inspections only where there is no permanent occupancy in the building or home.
  • The Senior Center, Recreation Office and Treasurer’s Office are all closed.  The public can reach representatives from these offices using the following contacts:
  • Meetings with staff are encouraged to be held through teleconference or conference call whenever possible.
  • The Village will be holding essential public meetings through videoconferencing with the public able to view them online.

The virus presents a larger risk to the elderly, the immune-compromised and those with underlying health conditions. We are laser focused on protecting these at-risk populations.

Remember: Even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread Coronavirus. Be a good neighbor and take precautions even if you are young and healthy. Those around you may be at greater risk.

Parents – Please take responsibility and do not let your children congregate in groups in the parks!

We continue to work closely with county and state health authorities to monitor the extent of the outbreak. If you need to go to a doctor or emergency room, please call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

The New York State Department of Health hotline is (888) 364-3065 where Department of Health experts will be available to answer your questions regarding Coronavirus.

Thank you!

Paul Rosenberg

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