DCPHS: May 12 COVID-19 Update

Amanda Walsh, MPH Public Health Director

May 12, 2020

Delaware County Public Health received no positive lab reports for COVID-19.

Public will no longer be reporting lab reports transferred.

For more information about the regional reopening for businesses and the regional stats go to https://forward.ny.gov/

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: 62
Discharged (recovered): 50
Isolating at Home: 5
Hospitalized: 3
Deceased: 4
Mandatory Quarantine: 10
Precautionary Quarantine: 0
Tested: 1094
Negative: 998Pending: 18

Delaware County Public Health Services in partnership with the NYSDOH, 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.

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low-cost, and should be used as a public health measure, beyond social distancing. Individuals must procure, fashion, or otherwise obtain face coverings and wear them when they are in a public and are: 

  • within six feet of distance from other individuals; or
  • in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or
  • in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.

When wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community transmission, you should: 

  • Make sure that they fit snugly and cover their nose and mouth.
  • Be changed frequently and laundered when they are soiled or wet.
  • Not become complacent with other protective measures.

  • Do not touch the cloth covering or face.
  • Continue to be vigilant with thorough and frequent hand washing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer of 60%+ alcohol.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette and cover your coughs or sneezes. 
  • Practice social distancing – even when wearing masks.
  • Stay home and help flatten the curve!

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. 

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.

For information about COVID-19 you can visit 

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