Wampsville, NY – Madison County Health Department announced today, March 21, 2020, that it has received its first positive test of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Currently, the Health Department has been in touch with the person who has tested positive and that person has been placed into quarantine. They are contacting individuals who may have come into close contact with the person.
“We are closely monitoring the situation,” said Madison County Public Health Director Eric Faisst. “We understand that this will heighten the concern of many of our residents. Please stay vigilant about social distancing and personal hygiene, please do not go out to public places unless you have to and contact your doctor if you are not feeling well.”
“We are asking for everyone’s help to make sure that emergency department treatment remains available for people who truly need it,” Faisst said. “In addition to caring for people with severe illnesses, local hospitals still have to manage their regular patient caseload.”
Due to a limited supply of tests, local health officials are following the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recommendations to focus on only testing the people with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that fall into one of these categories:
Only residents who meet one of the above testing criteria should contact their healthcare provider to get tested. This will allow healthcare providers and Madison County Health Department to focus our limited testing supplies on the residents with the most need.
Most people experience mild illness and recover from COVID-19 without needing medical treatment. People who have conditions that may result in more severe illness from COVID-19 should call their health care provider if they have symptoms of COVID-19. These people include women who are pregnant, older adults, and persons of any age who have a preexisting medical condition.
If you become sick, please stay at home until you are well. Faisst urges those who are NOT seriously ill to avoid hospital emergency departments, but instead contact their primary care doctor or health clinic. You can also call the 24 hour a day Upstate University Hospital COVID-19 triage number at 315-464-3979 for guidance.
Call your doctor right away or get emergency care in the event of severe or worsening illness.
Be sure to take these precautions:
Stay informed. For more information about the novel Coronavirus, visit Madison County at https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19, \ call the New York State Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065, and visit CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.