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Patient at GCMC being tested for potential Coronavirus

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UPDATED (2:45 pm)

Upon inquiry with Guthrie about the patient at GCMC being tested for coronavirus, officials released the following statement:

“Guthrie cannot comment on specific patient conditions. We continue to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local health departments to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. When testing is necessary, results are reported to the Cortland County Health Department.

Guthrie staff is highly trained to diagnose and care for patients with respiratory illnesses. We utilize policies and procedures on a daily basis and our skilled staff is specially trained to take appropriate precautions to safely care for patients, the public and themselves.” – Susan Hohenhaus, VP, System Patient Safety/Quality

UPDATED (11:30 am)

One person is in isolation at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center being tested for potential coronavirus, County Public Health Director Cathy Feuerherm confirmed this morning (March 6).

Feuerherm also said a family in the county has self-quarantined for two weeks upon returning from a trip to a country where exposure risk is high – a list that currently consists of China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.

The same is being done routinely with anyone who returns from these areas.

Currently, there are no diagnosed cases of coronavirus reported in Cortland County.

Tune into tomorrow morning’s Meet Cortland County at 9 am to hear directly from Feuerherm, who will present more local perspective on the issue.

ORIGINAL (7:30 am)

Cortland Legislative Clerk Eric Mulvihill has issued the County’s official response to the arrival of novel coronavirus.

At this time, officials with the County Health Department report no diagnoses cases, but Mulvihill says they’re working closely with relevant local agencies to ensure the community is prepared.

As a precautionary measure, county residents returning from countries with reported exposure are being quarantined in their homes for two weeks, regardless of whether or not they’re sick.

The official statement also included comments from Cortland County Public Health Director, Cathy Feuerherm:

“There is much misinformation right now in the public forum and we want the public to know about the practical measures they can take to protect themselves and their families,” Feuerherm said. “The best and most effective way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with coronavirus is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water.”

Feuerherm will be featured on tomorrow (March 7) morning’s Meet Cortland County segment to offer more local perspective on the issue.

That airs every Saturday morning at 9 am and is posted afterwards at

Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin also released a statement on the issue yesterday:

“The City of Cortland is closely following the Coronavirus and its potential impact on all of us. Governor Cuomo is actively monitoring developments, and has a page on the State of New York’s website dedicated to sharing information about this new virus. I encourage people to become informed, and to make actions like washing hands, ‘fistbumps’ instead of handshakes, and cleaning surfaces that are used by many people (i.e. doorknobs) part of our daily routine.” -Mayor Brian Tobin

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