NYTHA is working with NYRA and Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) to keep the backstretch community safe during the outbreak of COVID-19.
NYTHA, NYRA and BEST have established a Preparedness and Response Plan Committee, which is closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Here is more information in English and Spanish.
Prevention is Key
The preventative steps to take to minimize the spread of COVID-19 include:
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Signage will be placed throughout the backstretch in both English and Spanish to raise awareness.
Dispensers with sanitizing gel, to be mounted on the walls of each barn and dorm at Belmont will be available soon. Cleansing wipes and disposable gloves will be distributed as well.
Get the flu shot if you haven’t already done so. Flu shots are available from the BEST clinic. Although the seasonal flu vaccine cannot protect you from COVID-19 directly by avoiding the flu, it can save you making a trip to the doctor in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak, when healthcare workers may be overwhelmed with other patients.
Procedures for Those who may be Sick:
Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
If Quarantine is Necessary:
The CDC has great resources available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
The Committee is prepared to provide support and assistance to anyone quarantined and living on the backstretch.
If you have traveled in the last 30 days to China, South Korea, Iran, Japan, or Italy, or if you have come in contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 please notify me right away.
New York State has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Please call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.