Officials give update in Seneca County: No confirmed COVID-19 cases yet

Officials in Seneca County say they are working around the clock to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 inside the community.

In an update on Thursday, Public Health Director Vickie Swinehart said 20 people are under quarantine.

“The Health Department is grateful for the support received from Seneca County Leadership and from our community partners. We are thankful for our residents, Seneca County leadership, school district partners, law enforcement, EMS, first responders and local business owners who are making difficult decisions and following our recommendations to implement social distancing measures in Seneca County,” she said. “The collective efforts of our citizens are critical to helping us slow down the spread of disease and to help alleviate the burden upon our local healthcare facilities and providers.”

Swinehart issued the following guidelines in accordance with recommendations made by the federal government:

  • If you feel ill, stay at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Do not
    go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person age 65 and over, stay home and away from other people. Older Americans
    are especially vulnerable to this disease.
  • If you have an underlying medical condition such as lung and heart disease that increases your risk for
    complications from COVID-19 please stay home.
  • We all must do our part to stop the spread of COVID 19.

Swinehart asked those who could to work from home, avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people, and avoid unnecessary travel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following guideline updates on Thursday:

  • All casinos, gyms, theaters and malls are closed until further notice.
  • Bars and restaurants dining are closed, but takeout can be ordered during this period of closure.
  • NYS Strongly advices only essential services and businesses to remain open after 8:00PM such as
    Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Pharmacies and Medical Facilities.
  • Local governments are to reduce their workforce by at least 75%. Non-essential state workers are
    working from home.
  • New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.

“We know these are difficult times but if we all work together and follow these recommendations we can keep Seneca County residents healthy and safe. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and support,” Swinehart concluded.

Click here to check out full-coverage from the COVID-19 outbreak in Upstate New York.


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