A third Cortland County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Cortland County Health Department reported Tuesday afternoon.
The patient is older than 50 and does not appear to be related to two cases confirmed Saturday, the department reported.
The county is working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases. 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.
At the moment, 30 people who do not have symptoms are self-quarantining for 14 days; some are linked to the confirmed cases. The Health Department did not release details about the residents or patients.
The Cortland County Health Department does not have testing capabilities at this time. Residents are referred to their own provider or testing sites in Ithaca or Syracuse. People who have been tested are asked to self-quarantine until they receive results, the county reports.
“The COVID-19 coronavirus disease is here in our community,” said Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm. “As testing continues, we expect to identify more cases. We are all responsible for slowing down the spread and protecting our most vulnerable,”
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If symptoms do develop, stay home and call a doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early. In an emergency call 911.
If you have symptoms and do not have a doctor, call the state Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
For general inquiries, call the Cortland County hotline at 607-756-3415.