Second Jefferson County resident confirmed positive for COVID-19


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 22, 2020) – This morning, the second case of an individual with positive COVID-19 in Jefferson County was confirmed by LabCorp laboratory. The individual is a Jefferson County resident, and the specimen was taken and submitted by the Carthage Area Hospital Emergency Department. The individual has been identified as an employee of the facility and is now in mandatory isolation by the Jefferson County Public Health Service.

All affected employees and patients who had been in contact with the individual have been notified. Carthage Area Hospital remains fully able to service the health care needs of the community. Patients seeking medical care must call (315) 493-1000 before entering the facility and will be directed to the appropriate area.

To date, there are two confirmed positive cases and 61 negative results 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 to determine which patients require precautionary quarantine until test results are confirmed. Currently, there are 194 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 15,168 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, and it is anticipated that the numbers of people requiring testing and monitoring will continue and 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 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:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Practice social distancing.

    • Avoid contact with sick people.

    • Stay home if you’re sick.


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


(Jefferson County Public Health Service)