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Month: December 2020



Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Updates Quarantine Guidance Following Change by New York State Department of Health

Quarantine time period adjusted from 14 days to 10 days


Following a guidance change for COVID quarantine requirements from the New York State Department of Health, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has amended the quarantine time period for individuals exposed to COVID-19 from 14 days to 10 days following the last exposure if no symptoms are reported during the quarantine. This change is effective immediately.

Quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19 ends after 10 days, without a test required, IF there are no symptoms reported during the quarantine period. Additionally, exposed individuals must:

  • Continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14
  • Continue to strict adherence to prevention measures – use of face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing.
  • If any symptoms develop, IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and contact your health care provider or the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health to determine if you should seek testing. OR just simply “seek testing”

An “exposed” individual, or “close contact” are individuals who were within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID -19 for 10 minutes or more total in a 24-hour period when the person was contagious. Contagious is defined as two days before symptoms began (or two days before positive test if there are no symptoms).

“This is an important change that aligns New York State guidance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and will help end confusion on quarantine timelines,” said Dr. Anil Vaidian, DBCH Commissioner.

“Though the quarantine period is now shorter, individuals exposed to COVID-19 should remain vigilant. Anyone who develops symptoms while under quarantine OR through day 14 from the last date of exposure, should assume they are infectious and immediately isolate themselves and seek a diagnostic test,” said Dr. Vaidian noted.

The New York State DOH’s updated guidance can be found here:

Quarantine documents and other information on the Dutchess County Government website will be updated this week. New York State and local contact tracers are also being advised of the guidance change.



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A Poem for the New Year

CONTINUE: a poem
By Maya Angelou

My wish for you
Is that you continue


To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness


To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart


In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the pearls of your laughter


To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined


To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you


To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely


To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of 
The young and defenseless


To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise


To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a 
Natural action to be expected


To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good


To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit


To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing


To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name


And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue

Dot Burdick Park Advisory Committee

We are so happy to be forming the Dot Burdick Park Advisory Committee to envision and design what will become a walking trail and contemplative green space in The town of Stanford. We are looking for volunteers with diverse skills including landscape design, creative use of outdoor space, perhaps public sculpture…..Eventually we will need tons of volunteers to physically create the park, but if you are interested in mapping out a vision for the land, please download the application on the Town’s website snd submit it to Ritamary Bell This will be a wonderful, all hands on deck project for our community!!!

Santa’s Coming to Town!

We received a letter from the North Pole! Santa will be visiting Stanfordville on December 19th and our firemen will be escorting him around town. We’ll post the route and schedule in a few days. In the meantime, start practicing your wave

Santa Run December 19 🎅🏻Open this link to see Santa’s Route!