Ulster Coronavirus Patient Had Contact With Dutchess Residents
Officials fear the Ulster County man with coronavirus had contact with residents in another county and believe positive cases in other parts of the Hudson Valley are coming soon.
On Sunday, we learned Ulster County had its first confirmed case of novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.
The Ulster County resident recently traveled internationally to France, officials say. He drove himself to the hospital after experiencing coronavirus symptoms where test samples were taken and he was immediately placed into quarantine, officials say.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan identified the man as a middle-aged man from the town of Rochester. The man lives on his own and it doesn't appear he made any contact with any local schools or young people, according to Ryan.
On Monday, Dutchess County Executive Executive Marc Molinaro announced officials believe the man had contact with Dutchess County residents.
"Our Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has been informed a limited number of Dutchess County residents may have had contact on with an Ulster County individual who tested positive for COVID-19. All Dutchess residents who may have had contact with the individual have been contacted and are being monitored by DBCH," Molinaro said in a statement on Monday. "This is in addition to several residents who were already under precautionary quarantine relating to travel status. None of the residents being monitored have exhibited any symptoms and we are grateful for their cooperation."
Officials believe they have contacted everyone in Dutchess County who had direct or possible contact with the Ulster resident. All are following the recommended protocols relating to mandatory or precautionary quarantine, according to Molinaro.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed there are 142 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York, including 98 in Westchester County, four in Rockland County and the one in Ulster County. As of this writing, there isn't a confirmed case in Dutchess County, but officials believe there will be.
"Though there continue to be no cases of COVID-19 in our county, we have been preparing for this emerging health situation for weeks and recognize there will inevitably be positive cases here. We have been talking to the community about the proactive steps each person can to engage the community and urge them to take precautions, as they would during any active flu season, to prevent the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. We will continue to remind people of the basic, common-sense steps to take to stay healthy, including hand-washing and social distancing. It is important people think about basic preparedness, should they or a member of their family become ill with flu, COVID-19 or other viruses that may keep them home for several days," Molinaro said.
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