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DCPHS: April 16 COVID-19 Update

Amanda Walsh, MPH Public Health Director 

April 16, 2020

Delaware County Public Health received one positive lab report for COVID-19.  

COVID-19 is in the area, everyone should limit close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms.  

Stay at least 6 feet from other people; do not gather in groups; and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

We can all work together to flatten the curve.  

Positive Results reported to Delaware County: 59
Positive Lab Reports Transferred: 7
Discharged(recovered): 18
Isolating at Home: 24
Hospitalized: 6
Deceased: 3
Mandatory Quarantine: 73
Precautionary Quarantine: 1
Tested: 472
Negative: 390
Pending: 21

Delaware County Public Health Services in partnership with the New York State Department of Health, local hospitals and healthcare providers is actively investigating these cases and providing guidance on reducing the spread (i.e., quarantine, cleaning and other recommendations) as appropriate.  

If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, trouble breathing or pneumonia) talk to your primary health care provider. Do not come to the emergency room unless there is a pressing emergency.

Help Flatten the Curve:

  • Practice Social Distancing. Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments. 
  • Wash Your Hands. Cover Your Cough. Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Take Caution with At-Risk Persons. Avoid visiting those most at risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions), call instead. Offer help with groceries and other goods to pick up and drop off without face-to-face contact.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that NY PAUSE will continue through May 15. That means only essential services will be open, and all non-essential businesses and schools must remain closed through May 15th.

Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.

It is important to emphasize that maintaining social distancing, by staying at least 6 feet apart when in public and staying home whenever possible, is critical to slow the spread of the virus, even if wearing a face covering. While cloth face coverings may not prevent the wearer from becoming infected, they might help slow spread from people who have the virus and are unaware. 

  • New York State residents who could benefit from mental health support, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline at 844-863-9314 is staffed 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week.

**Important: confirmed cases does not mean the total number of cases.  

Since access to testing is extremely limited, the number of confirmed cases does not reflect the current spread of COVID-19.  

Releasing the town where the positive lives does not ensure your protection or decrease your exposure risk to COVID-19. With this in mind, we strongly recommend everyone to continue social distancing to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  

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