Jefferson County Public Health Service reports first local sample tests negative for COVID-19
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 8, 2020) – The Jefferson County Public Health Service reports that a specimen submitted to Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany on March 6 has tested negative for COVID-19. The JCPHS will end monitoring of the patient today. As of this time, no individuals have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus – COVID-19 in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Public Health Service continues to work closely with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about testing protocols related to disease transmission. Travel history is still a consideration, along with presentation of specific symptoms.
To date, there are 105 positive COVID-19 cases in New York state. Local health departments are actively monitoring suspected and positive cases throughout the state. It is anticipated that the number of people requiring testing and monitoring will continue to grow.
All county health departments are in daily communication with NYSDOH communicable disease leadership to track and monitor exposure potential and possible disease transmission and occurrence in the state.
While one specimen is being submitted for testing today, as of this time, no individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County Public Health Service, working with the NYSDOH and the CDC, continues to advise individuals to do the following:
Obtain vaccination for flu (everyone six months of age or older). Risk for contracting flu is high. While there is currently no vaccine for novel coronavirus, understand that risk for contracting COVID-19 is low.
Help to stop the spread of germs:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
o Avoid contact with sick people.
o Stay home if you’re sick.
To receive the most current, up-to-date information, visit www.jcphs.org.
The Jefferson County Public Health Service will continue to update the public regarding disease risk and status.
(Jefferson County Public Health Service)