October 22, 2021

Coronavirus tests negative in the county

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Tests of a Cortland County resident isolated at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center last week came back negative for coronavirus, county Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm announced Sunday.

Another family remains in quarantine after returning from a trip to a country with a high incidence of Covid-19.

In Tompkins County, 42 people have been quarantined, that public health department reports. Six were released without symptoms after a 14-day period; 36 are still being monitored. None has developed symptoms.

Public health officials note that healthy people are quarantined to monitor them to see if they develop symptoms consistent with coronavirus. People are isolated if they show symptoms, pending tests to confirm whether they have the virus.

The virus has no vaccination, but you can take steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to reduce the risk of infection, or of spreading infection, Feuerherm said.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
  •  Wash your hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs, use an elbow bump instead.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if sick. Consult your doctor.

“We want people to call their doctor, not show up at the emergency room,” seeking coronavirus tests, Feuerherm said last week. Hospitals in downstate New York are overwhelmed because people are seeking emergency care, first, rather than going to their doctors.