Northern Medical Center is launching the Data Analytics Group, a new initiative using powerful data analytics to provide up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation including local spread of variants. We will provide analysis data specific to New York state and counties, as well as a risk assessment tool for COVID-19 survival rate based on the user’s demographic and health attributes.
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available at Northern Medical Center
Your health and safety is our first priority. Please call us at (845) 640-4680 or visit the COVID-19 vaccine page to make an appointment.
If you have fever, cough, sneezing, and/or shortness of breath, please call us before your appointment.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that emerged towards the end of 2019.
The virus spreads by droplets and particles of the virus released by an infected person, when they speak, cough, sneeze or sing.
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms, from being asymptomatic (no symptoms), to having mild and severe symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Because COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those that can be caused by other diseases, a diagnostic test with a sample taken from the nasal area is usually needed to diagnose COVID-19.
According to the CDC, people with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Anyone with the following emergency warning signs should seek emergency care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
COVID-19 is spread via contaminated droplets and small particles that are breathed out by an infected person, when they speak, cough, sneeze or sing.
In addition to social distancing, mask wearing and avoiding crowded, poorly-ventilated places, good personal hygiene practices can help to protect you from the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Orange County Community Resources
- Orange County Health Hotline: 845-291-2330 (9am-5pm)
- NYS COVID-19 Hotline: 888-364-3065 (24 hours)
- NYS Department of Health: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
- Orange County Government: 845-291-4000
- Business Concerns: 845-360-0231
- Orange County Crisis Hotline: (Help with Food) 800-832-1200
- Senior Food: 845-615-3700
- Orange & Rockland: 877-434-4100
- Central Hudson: 845-452-2700
- Consumer Affairs Complaints: 845-360-6700 (open 24 hours)
- Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html