COVID-19 Sunday: 2nd confirmed case in Jefferson County

Updated: Mar. 22, 2020 at 9:22 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jefferson County now has its second confirmed case of COVID-19.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Jefferson County Public Health said "The individual is a Jefferson County resident, and the specimen was taken and submitted by the Carthage Area Hospital Emergency Department.

"The individual has been identified as an employee of the facility and is now in mandatory isolation by the Jefferson County Public Health Service.

"All affected employees and patients that had been in contact with the individual have been notified.

“It’s important to understand that Carthage Area Hospital remains fully able to service the health care needs of the community,” according to the public health statement.

Patients seeking medical care must call 315-493-1000 prior to entering the facility and will be directed to the appropriate area.

Separately, a hospital official told 7 News the hospital remains fully open.

“This is bound to happen at health care facilities across the state and the country,” said Richard Duvall, the hospital’s chief operating officer.

“Fortunately, we have plans and procedures in place to protect all the individuals who present to our institution,” Duvall said.

Sunday’s case brings to two the number of positive cases in Jefferson County. There have been 61 negative tests.

There are 194 people under precautionary quarantine.

Lewis County has once again reported no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In a statement Sunday morning, Lewis County Public Health reported a total of 35 people have been tested, with 15 negative results and 20 results pending.

29 people are in precautionary quarantine.

Statewide, the number of cases as of Sunday is 15,168, with 1,974 people hospitalized and 114 deaths, according to Governor Cuomo.

Cuomo said Sunday that 70 percent of the deaths were among people 70 or older, with a majority having underlying health conditions. 80 percent of the people under the age of 70 who died had underlying health conditions.

As for St. Lawrence County, no positive cases were reported Sunday. 174 people have been tested, of which 66 have come back negative and 108 tests are pending.

16 people are in quarantine.

Also Sunday, a map distributed by the state Department of Health showed one confirmed case in St. Lawrence County. That was incorrect.

The person in question who tested positive used to live in St. Lawrence County, but has not in the last couple of months.

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