December 5, 2021

Walmart shopper tests positive for coronavirus

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A shopper at Walmart in Cortlandville who was not wearing a mask has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Cortland County Health Department said Wednesday anyone who shopped at the store from 5 to 6 p.m. May 17 may have been exposed.

Health officials could not say which parts of the store the shopper visited.

People who may have been exposed at the 819 Bennie Road store should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, the department advises, including 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 or diarrhea for 14 days after their potential exposure.

If symptoms do develop, stay home and call a doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or have a compromised immune system, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.

Some people who are positive for COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so it is important to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you need essentials, stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times and wear a cloth face mask. Wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces and stay informed.

For details and guidance, call the Cortland County hotline at 607-756-3415, or visit the websites of the state Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.