'Our health care system is not ready for a surge of use.' Dutchess county executive offers coronavirus advice

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro spoke with News 12 about the coronavirus after issuing a state of emergency.

 Last week's declaration ordered no gatherings of more than 20 people.
 
He also ordered no visiting the county jail, postponing civil service exams and suspending schools and after-school programs for two weeks beginning Monday.
 
"We have to function as if someone who is higher risk could get sick, and if they get sick, this could kill them. Our health care system is not ready for a surge of use. I would offer that government needs to be careful not to step too far, but if we don't slow the transmission, we are not going to be able to care for people. And it is to some degree selfish to think that 'I don't have a responsibility to care for, to interact with, to limit how I might impact my neighbor,'" said Molinaro.
 
County Executive Molinaro says residents can get more information by visiting the county's website where a coronavirus tab has been created.
           
Residents can also call the county's hotline at 845-486-3555.
 

 

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