From the Mayor's Desk




Dear Neighbors,

Our Mid-Hudson Region is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, May 26th (Phase 1) contingent on assembling the required number of contact tracers. In Part 3 of my COVID-19 Updates I shared information with you on how to apply to become a contact tracer. This morning Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management, Alan C. Mack sent out the following request from Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus calling for more contract tracers. 

Request from County Executive Steve Neuhaus regarding reopening

Per Governor Cuomo, the Mid-Hudson Region will be opening on Tuesday, May 26th, contingent upon having the required number of regional contact tracers signed up and certified. To that end, the County Executives in the Region have agreed to be sure that each does what is needed to fully meet this metric. 

If you are willing to be a contact tracer or know someone else who will, please do the following no later than 5:00 pm Monday, May 25th:

  • Volunteers will need to take a free course and the exam from John Hopkins University (link is here). When filling out the online application, it initially shows a fee of $49. A discount is applied upon checkout making it no cost.
  • Provide your name and e-mail address to Michael Ventre, Deputy Commissioner of Orange County Health Department (
  • Provide Deputy Commissioner Ventre with a copy of your certification upon completion of the course/test (scan and e-mail, or text or e-mail a photo of it).
  • Please note: if you have already done the steps above, you do not need to resubmit the information.

For more information on:

  • The Empire State Development website has re-opening guidance and guidelines for businesses:
Contact Tracing:
  • The role of a contact tracer will involve calling people throughout the County who may have contacted a COVID-19 positive individual and collecting and entering data with respect to their whereabouts and individuals they have encountered.
  • To be a contact tracer, New York State requires the completion of an online training and certification program. According to the State, this online course and exam takes five hours; however, most people seem to complete it in roughly an hour. 

Stay safe, and stay ready for Tuesday, May 26th!


Mayor Mac


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