Jefferson County Public Health Service announces another COVID-19 positive


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 27, 2020) – Today, a fifth case with positive COVID-19 in Jefferson County was confirmed by LabCorp laboratory. The individual is a Jefferson County resident, who is now in mandatory isolation by the Jefferson County Public Health Service. To date, there are five confirmed positive cases and 172 negative in Jefferson County.

Under current New York State Department of Health COVID-19 testing guidance, health care providers are now able to conduct COVID-19 testing without authorization from county health departments. The Jefferson County Public Health Service is working closely with providers to manage patients tested and determine which patients require precautionary quarantine until test results are confirmed. Currently, there are 124 individuals in Jefferson County under precautionary quarantine.

The 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 44,635 positive COVID-19 cases in New York state, with the vast majority of cases in New York City. Local health departments are actively monitoring suspected and positive cases throughout the state.

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 New York state.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service, working with the NYSDOH and the CDC, continues to advise individuals to:

  • Do your part 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 Practice social distancing.

o Avoid contact with sick people.

o Stay home if you’re sick.


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Jefferson County Public Health Service will continue to update the public regarding disease risk and status.


(Jefferson County Public Health Service)