This is a press release from Cortland County Clerk of the Legislature Eric Mulvihill.
The Cortland County Public Health Department reports no known diagnosed cases of coronavirus in the county, and is working closely with all relevant local agencies to ensure the appropriate preparations are in place.
Currently, residents returning from countries with reported disease who display no symptoms are still routinely requested to stay home for fourteen days after they return. This is a conservative, precautionary measure monitored by the Health Department.
“There is much misinformation right now in the public forum,” said Cathy Feuerherm, Director of Public Health, “and we want the public to know about the practical measures they can take to protect themselves and their families.”
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, stressed Feuerherm. Other steps to take include:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your unwashed hands
- Cover your coughs and sneezes using a tissue or the crook of your elbow
- Wash your hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose and mouth; dispose of the tissue in the trash
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if sick. Consult your physician
For updated information please check the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
Cortland County has designed, reviewed and updated emergency action plans for this type of event for many years, and staff is taking every precaution to stay current with the latest situations.
“I am confident the Public Health, Emergency Response and Law Enforcement professionals in the community are ready to respond to this issue,” says County Administrator Rob Corpora, “and the community’s help is needed, so please follow the precautions outlined above just as you would for any type of illness.”