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Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

  • 1.  Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

    Posted 15 days ago
    Udpate 3/21/2020
    Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.6, requiring, effective March 20, 2020 at 8 pm, that all businesses in the state reduce their in-person workforce at any work location by 75 percent.(Now up to 100%) Any "essential business," however, is not subject to this restriction.

    The New York State Department of Economic Development has issued a list of essential businesses that are exempt and this list includes:
    Updated 3/21/2020

    Also the Department of Agriculture and Markets have identified some essential businesses that are exempt from reducing on-site personnel (Visit site)
    • Food producing farms, fisheries, operations that care for animals..."
    • Businesses and vendors supplying goods and services to these essential industries, such as agri-businesses and operations supporting animal health, are also exempt.
    We are working with State Officials and our lawyer for further clarification about essential veterinary services such as inoculations to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases.

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    Tim Atkinson
    NYSVMS
    Albany NY
    518-869-7867
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  • 2.  RE: Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

    Posted 15 days ago
    This is such a difficult line to walk, my manager is asking me as I type this what to consider "emergency". We feel that even some wellness visits should not be put off indefinitely, (even unexpressed anal glands can cause significant discomfort after awhile!) and without a definite timeline for rescheduling, we have been letting them come in. And do we start deciding that only rabies vaccinations are important? It is going to be tick season any day, do we put off lyme vaccinations for the dogs? 

    I echo the deep gratitude others have expressed for your work in keeping us up-to-date and informed on this!

    --Virginia Jarvis

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    Virginia Jarvis
    Albany County Veterinary Hospital
    Albany NY
    518-456-6333
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  • 3.  RE: Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

    Posted 14 days ago
    I agree, we urgently need improved clarification of essential veterinary services, the word emergency throws it all off. Thank you for all you do at NYSVMS to stand behind us and work with State Officials and lawyers for improved clarification about essential veterinary services.
    It is so difficult to be in the situation of knowing as a veterinarian that so much of what we do is essential and urgent care - and yet, can we really call it an emergency when a dog is ripping up it's skin from a severe allergic disease, when a febrile cat with a bite wound has not eaten for 2 days, or when an older cat recently diagnosed as hypertensive needs an exam 7 days after starting medication to evaluate her blood pressure and retinal health? ALL these are definitely urgent and seeing them will improve not only their well-being, but assure that they do not turn into a potentially life threatening emergency. A pet with a dental abscess needs urgent care, an infected tooth or root can be terribly painful. In my opinion that pet needs dental surgery as soon as possible after starting appropriate medications and I would like to be able to do that without having to determine if this fits the category of "emergency service". If we do not inoculate young puppies timely for core vaccines, such as parvo, we could have outbreaks on our hands locally this summer.
    We prevent emergencies and save money with our diligent, thorough exams of pets at wellness exams. I believe with some better wording we will all know which visits to cancel, and when we can justify a visit is needed. Telemedicine may be helpful but does not substitute a physical exam in the species we deal with.
    Thanks you for listening
    Gry Wildenstein

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    M. Gry Wildenstein
    Adana Veterinary Clinic
    Freeville NY
    607-844-4042
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  • 4.  RE: Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hi Dr. Wildenstein,
    Totally agreed. We were asked for comment this afternoon from the Department of Agriculture and Markets about some draft guidance that, if approved, will address your concerns.
    Tim


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    Tim Atkinson
    NYSVMS
    Albany NY
    518-869-7867
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  • 5.  RE: Updates to definition of essential businesses exempt from shutdown

    Posted 13 days ago
    Thank you so much for the excellent steps and your help with much improved wording!
    Gry

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    M. Gry Wildenstein
    Adana Veterinary Clinic
    Freeville NY
    607-844-4042
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