This is a press release from the Cortland County Health Department.
Today the New York State Health Department has confirmed 2 unrelated cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cortland County. One is a child under 5 and the other is a person in their 50s.
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. All confirmed positive cases will be isolated under a Public Health order. The individuals identified as close contacts will be quarantined and monitored by the Health Department for fever and respiratory symptoms. There are currently 12 members of the community who are not symptomatic and are self-quarantining for the recommended 14 days; this group is not linked to the confirmed cases. The Health Department will not release further details about these residents to respect their privacy.
“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,” states Public Health Director, Catherine Feuerherm.
If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, contact your healthcare provider. Call ahead to explain your symptoms.
NYSDOH 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 Hotline: 607-756-3415
New York State Hotline for COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065