The Hamilton County Department of Public Health reminded New Yorkers on Wednesday of practicing PAUSE for those people from out of the area coming to the region. PAUSE is an acronym that stands for Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
The Adirondacks has seen an influx of people from the New York City area escaping the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus. Essex, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties passed orders that remind visitors to respect the CDC guidelines of a 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from the New York City area.
Visitors are occupying second homes and short-term rentals, which may strain health care infrastructure not set up for an influx of out-of-the-area guests.
Airbnb, vacation rentals by owner, and other rental sites are not regulated by the state Department of Health, putting the risk and responsibility for cleanliness on the landlord. The county is requesting all short-term rentals be removed from these websites, and their owners refrain from renting during this pandemic.
Hamilton County Public Health and primary care providers do not have testing kits.
Contact Hamilton County Public Health at 518-648-6141 with any questions.
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