June 17, 2024: WESTCHESTER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES HEAT ADVISORY
Heat Advisory from Noon on Tuesday, June 18 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Westchester County effective from noon on Tuesday, June 18 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. The heat is also expected to continue through the end of the week. During this period heat index values are expected to reach between 95 and 100 degrees, and the Westchester County Health Department is warning residents that high temperatures post significant health risks. Residents are urged to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from the effects of the heat. It is important to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, and check on vulnerable family members and neighbors. View tips to prevent heat-related illness and places to stay cool (Cooling Centers). Due to the anticipated heatwave, two Westchester County Beaches and Pools will be open for residents to cool off. Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle will be open from Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Sprain Ridge Pool in Yonkers will be open from Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Last entry for all facilities is 6 p.m. Proof of Westchester County residency required and admission/parking fees at some sites.

Employment Opportunities at Westchester County Department of Health
Our Health Department team is rapidly expanding and we are looking to hire public health professionals in various fields. View our open jobs and apply today.

Mpox (Monkeypox) Vaccines are available at our clinics. Appointments are required, call (914) 995-5800.  
If you meet the NYSDOH guidance outlined below, you are eligible to register for the Mpox vaccine:

  • Individuals with recent exposure to a suspected or confirmed mpox case within the past 14 days.
  • Those at high risk of a recent exposure to mpox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where mpox is spreading.
  • Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing mpox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party.
  • Any individual that may be at risk of future exposure to infection with mpox, even though they are not at high risk of a recent exposure to mpox.

Find out What to Expect After Your Mpox Vaccine.
Use the Mpox Vaccine Locator Tool to find other sites offering the vaccine in your area.
More information about mpox can be found on the WCDH Mpox Information web page. 

COVID Vaccine Information 
Please be advised that we are no longer able to provide COVID vaccine to everyone interested in receiving it at our clinics. As a safety net provider, COVID vaccines are now only available to children eligible for the Vaccines for Children program and adults who are not insured or are underinsured through the Bridge Access Program at our clinics. If you meet this criteria, you can make an appointment at one of our vaccine clinics by calling (914) 995-5800. If you have health insurance, you are able to get a COVID vaccine at places where you would normally go to get vaccines, such as at pharmacies and medical provider offices. Use the Vaccine Finder Tool to schedule a COVID vaccine near you.

COVID-19 and Flu Resources
Vaccination Clinic Registration and Information (Ages 6 months and up)
Testing and Treatment Information
Quarantine and Isolation Guidance 
WCDH Coronavirus Updates (school resources, data and more)
Find your COVID-19 community levels (low, medium, or high), and prevention steps to take based on the latest CDC data.

COVID-19 Treatment is Available
Oral antiviral medications are available for treatment of COVID-19 and have been proven to decrease hospitalization for those that are at risk for severe disease. When given soon after a positive diagnosis, these antivirals also help fight infection and shorten recovery time. All treatments require a prescription and those who test COVID-19 positive should talk to their health care provider.

Westchester County residents who test positive and do not have a health care provider, regardless of income or health insurance coverage, are eligible to be evaluated for treatment by calling 888-TREAT-NY (888-873-2869) or completing an evaluation at the NYS COVID-19 ExpressCare Therapeutics Access website, which includes a telemedicine visit. The Hotline is available 24-hours per day, seven days a week and operated by experienced Health + Hospitals professionals who have the clinical training to prescribe treatment and referrals if needed. 

Single-Use Foodware Law
Westchester County is reminding residents and business owners of its "Upon Request" single-use foodware law, which took effect on September 2, 2023. This legislation aims to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics by promoting a more mindful approach to their usage within food service establishments by limiting the use of single-use foodware products to only when specifically requested by the customer.

Food service establishments are required to prominently display this clearly legible sign (in Spanish and Chinese) informing customers that plastic utensils, condiments, and straws are available only upon request.

For more information, view the county's press release, webpage, and fact sheet (in Spanish and Chinese) on the law.