A public health alert is now being issued by the Cortland County Health Department, just one day after Tompkins County Health Department reported an increase of RSV cases in the community.
RSV though, is not the only increase of cases the county health department is warning Cortland County residents. Flu cases and continued cases of COVID-19 are also on the rise among residents.
Colder temperatures forecasted with the approaching holiday season, more people are expected to gather together, most likely indoors in close proximity. The health department warns this can result in the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Prevention tips to keep in mind this holiday season include avoiding close contact, staying home when you’re sick, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, cleaning your hands, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.