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Nassau County PD Issues Alert For Phone, Email Scams
Government officials remind residents that there are no vaccines, pills, or any over-the-counter products to prevent or cure COVID-19. Residents should stay informed by watching and/or listening to news agencies and logging onto the Nassau County website to obtain factual information.

City releases inmates to stem outbreak 
Seeking to stem the spread of coronavirus in city jails, officials will release additional inmates from Rikers Island and other New York City facilities. Two hundred more people who are vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic will have their case file reviewed to see if they are eligible for release. The City is focused on doing this safely and with the right supervision after release. 

Beware Coronavirus Phone Scam: County Sheriff  
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office became aware of a robocall stating that a company will mail you a COVID-19 test kit if you provide your social security number. The Putnam County Health Department confirmed that there are currently no FDA-approved COVID-19 tests available through the mail. The Sheriff's Office shares tips for residents to protect themselves from scams. 
Rockland County: If You See Something, Report It!  
The Rockland County Department of Health is calling on residents to help enforce the Governor's restrictions on mass gatherings. If they see a gathering of any size, residents can report it to 845-364-2585. Locations, including private residences, hosting gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason can be issued a violation for creating a Public Health Nuisance and can be shut down and fined $2,000 per day per violation under the Rockland County Sanitary Code. 

Columbia County Sheriff talks about how his department is coping with the coronavirus 
Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett has made adjustments to how his department operates under these trying times. Bartlett has cut hours for his staff, closed the jail to visitors, and assigned deputies to work out of satellite stations in Valatie, Chatham and Germantown. He has done this all to minimize the exposure for his deputies. 
New York City Police Step Up Patrols to Enforce Social Distancing
New York City will deploy police officers and workers from other government agencies to parks and playgrounds to enforce social distancing rules and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is focused on education and warnings this week. If that approach does not work, authorities could impose tougher restrictions, such as potential sanctions and the closure of playgrounds.

Campgrounds Closed in Oneida County Through July
County Executive Anthony Picente said all campgrounds and cabin colonies will close effective April 1 through July.

Oswego County shares tips for enjoying parks safely 
State Parks are open, with no admission charged. Otsego County shared tips from I Love NY to enjoy them safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Erie County Executive warns residents of fines for PAUSE order violations 
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Sunday that individuals and businesses can be fined thousands of dollars for hosting gatherings or violating Governor Andrew Cuomo's PAUSE Executive Order.  The Governor announced on 4/6 that these violations will be increased in his forthcoming executive order. 

Onondaga County calls for voluntary ‘shelter in place,’ shuts golf courses to fight coronavirus 
Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is asking for a voluntary “shelter in place” by asking residents to alternate the days they go out of their homes in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

As Local virus death toll rises; Ulster County withholds summer camp permits
Because the coronavirus is “spreading rapidly through Ulster County,” the county Department of Health will not grant seasonal or annual permits to summer camps, bungalow colonies and campgrounds, at least for the time being, according to a memo sent to all such operations.

Sheriff's Office To Start Enforcing Social Distancing As Coronavirus Cases In Oneida County Hit 105
After complaints of mass gatherings and businesses allegedly not following state mandates on social distancing, Picente says the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will now be enforcing the guidelines at essential businesses.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff issues travel restrictions
We are at a very critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19 and the models that I have been provided warn of very dire consequences if we do not limit non-essential gatherings and non-essential travel.
Please stay home, practice social distancing, and follow all public health directives. Only travel if you are buying food, are traveling to or from a deemed essential occupation, or seeking medical attention.

Cayuga County closes playgrounds, sports fields as coronavirus cases rise
Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Chairwoman of the Cayuga County Legislature, called for an emergency order to close the playgrounds and sports field due to number of people gathering there.

Operation Crush COVID: Broome County launches plan to further slow spread of pandemic  
“Operation Crush COVID” recommends that people who were born on an even year leave their home for shopping or for physical activity on even calendar dates and people who were born on an odd year leave only on odd calendar dates.

Erie County Emergency Order 1.4 signed April 9
Erie County adopted an emergency order that will make any business that prohibits staff or customers from wearing gloves or a mask subject to penalty.