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First 2 coronavirus cases confirmed in Cortland County

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State health officials today confirmed the first two cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cortland County.

According to a release sent just before 11 am by the county health department, the two cases are unrelated: One is a child under five years old and the other person is in their 50s.

Other specific information is protected by health privacy law, but anyone identified as ‘close contacts’ to a person with the virus will also be quarantined and monitored by the Health Department for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“While the risk to the general public is low, NYSDOH and the Cortland County Health Department are working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases,” said the release, distributed by County Public Information Officer Eric Mulvihill. “All confirmed positive cases will be isolated under a Public Health order.”

Officials say there are currently 12 members of the community in self-quarantine for the required 14 days, none of which are showing symptoms

This group is not related to either of the confirmed cases.

Gov. Cuomo issued a stay home order yesterday and a federal disaster declaration has also approved for the state by member of Congress and the President.

Those who develop symptoms including fever, cough, or trouble breathing should contact their healthcare provider and be as specific as possible when explaining what your symptoms are to ensure protection for all involved.

“We want to reinforce the importance of social distancing, 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,” said Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm.

The State 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/

For general Inquiries, Cortland County also has a hotline at 607-756-3415.


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