The state Health Department this morning announced Cortland County’s first two confirmed cases of coronavirus — a child under age 5 and the another person in their 50s, according to the county Department of Health.
While the risk to the general public is low, the state and county health departments are working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases, according to a statement released late this morning. All confirmed positive cases will be isolated under a public health order.
The individuals identified as close contacts will be quarantined and monitored by the Health Department for fever and respiratory symptoms. As of this morning there were 12 members of the community who are not symptomatic and are self-quarantining for the recommended 14 days; this group is not linked to the confirmed cases. The county Health Department will not release further details about these residents to respect their privacy.
“We want to reinforce the importance of social distancing,” county Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm said in the statement. “Stay home if you can. If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others. We need everyone’s help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, contact your health care provider. Call ahead to explain your symptoms.
More than 19,000 cases and more than 240 deaths have been reported across the United States from coronavirus.
For more information:
• The state’s department of health has a hotline and a website for members of the public who have questions: 1-888-364-3065 and https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
• General Inquiries: Cortland County Hotline: 607-756-3415
• New York State Hotline for COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065