St. Lawrence County has first case of COVID-19

WWNY St. Lawrence County has first case of COVID-19

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWNY) - A St. Lawrence County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

County officials said the test results were confirmed Wednesday.

The county health department said it’s getting in touch with anyone who may have been in contact with this person.

Health officials said the infected person had been self-isolating since symptoms began and is now in isolation, the quarantine term for people with a confirmed positive test result, which requires monitoring by the county Public Health Department twice daily.

County officials said no additional information is being released at this time due to patient privacy laws.

“It requires that we look for and try and identify and locate people that may have had occasion to come in contact with this latest infestation and to get them checked. Other than that, there’s not a heck of a lot to be able to do. This person will be quarantined and treated and hopefully we’ll have a good outcome,” said St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators Chair Joe Lightfoot.

As of Wednesday, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department said there are 31 people in the county in quarantine.

Approximately 234 people have been tested, 130 tests have come back negative, while 103 are still pending.

The health department said the announcement of the county’s first positive case further reinforces the existing recommendations:

1. Even if you feel well, stay home! Travel only for essential needs: medical, groceries, and employment. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others.

2. Regularly self-monitor your own symptoms. Be on alert if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

3. Self-isolate, or separate yourself, by using a separate bedroom and bathroom, avoid sharing all personal items, and maintain 6 feet between you and others if you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath or have been tested for COVID-19

4. Contact your provider if you need medical care; call ahead so they are ready for you

5. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

6. Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue.

7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched and shared surfaces.

9. Parents, speak to your children about COVID-19; discuss the importance of these recommendations.

10. Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead. Offer help with groceries and other goods.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, contact the St. Lawrence County COVID-19 Call Center at 315-229-3970 or email eoccallcenter@stlawco.org.

The COVID-19 Call Center is open daily between 8 am and 4 pm at this time.

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department also has updated information on its website at www.stlawco.org/departments/publichealth.

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