The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases doubled Thursday afternoon in Cortland County, with three more cases reported to the Cortland County Health Department.
While the risk to the general public remains low, the department reported, it 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. People identified as close contacts will be quarantined and monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
The county has 58 residents self-quarantining for 14 days, but none have shown symptoms, the department reports. Some of them are linked to the confirmed cases, but the department would not release details on them.
The Cortland County Health Department does not have testing capabilities. Residents are referred to their own health care provider or testing sites in Ithaca or Syracuse, which leads to a lag in reporting.
People who have been tested should self-quarantine until they receive test results.
“You have a responsibility to protect everybody around you,” Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm said. “Stay at home.”
Don’t pick up a few groceries or stop at the drug store on the way home from the test, she said. Have someone pick them up for you; call 211 if you need help finding that resource.
Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If symptoms do develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions or a compromised immune system, call your doctor early. In an emergency call 911.
If you have symptoms and do not have a doctor, call 888-364-3065 or visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/.