The Cortland County Health Department was notified today of three additional residents testing positive for COVID-19, which now brings the county-wide total to six.
Additionally, 58 members of the community are currently self-quarantining for the recommended two weeks. None are symptomatic and at least 11 have been linked to the six confirmed cases.
Health officials won’t release further details about patients to respect their privacy.
While risk to the general public remains low, the Health Department continues to try and identify all those who may have come in contact someone confirmed to be positive. All confirmed positive cases and those deemed to be at risk of exposure will be isolated under a Public Health order.
Testing continues at provider sites throughout the region, although the health department itself does not have the capabilities to do so at this time. Residents are referred to their own health care provider or testing sites in Ithaca or Syracuse.
“We understand that results are taking longer to obtain than projected,” said county health officials in a press release sent just after 2:30pm. “Persons who have been tested are asked to self-quarantine until they receive results from the testing site. All positive test results will be identified and staff from the County health department will monitor those individuals.”
Residents are reminded to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and/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 are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.
Should you get symptoms and you don’t have a doctor, call the NYSDOH hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or visit their website.