Potential COVID-19 exposure at 2 Gouverneur businesses, health officials say

WWNY Potential COVID-19 exposure at 2 Gouverneur businesses, health officials say

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - There’s a potential risk of COVID-19 exposure at two Gouverneur-area businesses.

St. Lawrence County Public Health officials say there’s risk of exposure at Bowhall’s Family Store on Hailesboro Street and at the Route 11 Diner.

“It’s really important that we are very careful when we are not with people who aren’t in our household. That’s why mask wearing and social distancing is really important,” said Dana McGuire, public health.

Health officials say anyone at Bowhall’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 may be at risk.

A post on the store’s Facebook page says it’s closed as a precaution.

Anyone who was at the diner from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, October 30 may also be at risk.

On the diner’s Facebook page, a post says they’re closed Wednesday for cleaning because of COVID-19.

Gouverneur Mayor Ron McDougall was hoping to avoid a situation like this.

“We are very concerned about this because if it goes the other way or gets worse, it just keeps building and building; it’s a vicious virus,” he said.

The 2 potential exposures come on the heels of a similar alert. On Tuesday, health officials said people who attended an 11 a.m. mass at St. James Catholic Church on October 25 may have been exposed.

McGuire says the recent spike in cases has caused almost 500 people in the county to be in quarantine as well as 42 mandatory isolations.

Officials say anyone who was at any of the places during those times should be tested for COVID-19 and closely monitor how they feel, including taking their temperature twice a day for 14 days.

People who develop symptoms should call their health care providers for guidance and tell them they may have been exposed to the virus.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Testing is available through St. Lawrence Health System, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Clifton-Fine Hospital, and the Community Health Center of the North Country in Canton.

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