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DCPHS: April 10 COVID-19 Update

Amanda Walsh, MPH Public Health Director
607-832-5200 / Fax 607-832-6021
Early Intervention & Preschool Fax: 607-832-6022

April 10, 2020

Delaware County Public Health received three positive lab reports for COVID-19 today. Public Health is saddened to report a third person in Delaware County has died from COVID-19 coronavirus, late Thursday April 9, 2020, while being hospitalized. Details surrounding the person’s age, gender, length of illness and whether the individual had a contributing underlying condition will not be released, by Public Health. Public Health is asking that the media and the public give the family privacy and dignity surrounding the passing of their loved one.

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. The phone line is staffed with specially trained volunteer professionals who are there to listen, support and refer if needed.

Positive Results reported to Delaware County: 45
Positive Lab Reports Transferred: 5
Discharged (recovered): 7
Isolating at Home: 25
Hospitalized: 5
Deceased: 3
Mandatory Quarantine: 33
Precautionary Quarantine: 1
Tested: 353
Negative: 274
Pending: 34

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.

Many families will celebrate Easter this weekend. NYSDOH recommends to continue social distancing, and this weekend will be especially hard. As tempted as you are to get together with family or go to a religious service in person, don’t. This is a sacrifice we’re all going to have to keep up to stay safe. But you can bring the family to the celebration with pictures, phone calls or even FaceTime or Zoom.

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.

NYSDOH supports members of the public who choose to wear cloth face coverings in public settings, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies),

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.

**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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