Saturday: first COVID cases reported in Lewis County, SLC cases almost double

Updated: Mar. 28, 2020 at 11:06 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew once again in northern New York Saturday.

Lewis County reported its first two positive tests Saturday night.

“The individuals are isolated in a negative pressure room at Lewis County General Hospital. Public Health staff is investigating and identifying close contacts and exposure risk,” county officials said in a statement.

“We are fortunate that Lewis County is one of the last counties in New York State with confirmed cases of the virus. Our early adoption of social distancing strategies has provided some protection for the broader community,” again, from the statement.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases in St. Lawrence County jumped Saturday from six to 11.

Word of the number of positive tests came late Saturday afternoon from Dana McGuire, the county’s Public Health Director.

St. Lawrence County’s number of positive tests is more than double Jefferson County’s, which was unchanged at five Saturday.

Jefferson County also reported 217 negative tests and 136 pending.

133 people are in precautionary quarantine; 17 people are in mandatory quarantine; and the five positive cases are in mandatory isolation.

What’s the difference between “precautionary quarantine,” “mandatory quarantine” and “mandatory isolation”?

Some definitions:

Precautionary quarantine: Applied when a person has been to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy during the COVID-19 outbreak but is not displaying symptoms; or is known to have had a “proximate exposure" to someone testing positive, but not direct contact and is not displaying symptoms; or has been tested, is awaiting results and is not a candidate for mandatory quarantine.

Mandatory quarantine: A person has been in close contact, (within 6 feet) with someone who is positive but is not displaying symptoms for COVID-19; or a person who has traveled to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea or Italy during the COVID-19 outbreak and is displaying symptoms of the illness.

Mandatory isolation: Person has tested positive for COVID-19, whether or not they’re showing symptoms.

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