Recently, a new coronavirus - 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus - was detected in China that has not been previously found in humans. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. Please note while there are thousands of cases globally as well as an increasing number of cases in New York State. As of 3-17-2020, Warren County has our first confirmed case. At this time we believe the exposure risk for individuals outside of immediate close proximity to be low. Through an interview process with the confirmed case, we will reach out to individuals we feel could be at an increased risk. If there are any questions, please direct them to our office at (518) 761-6580 and we will be happy to answer them. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough) and may have traveled to areas of concern (areas of concern can be found here") or have been in close contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person. The information you provide to a care provider prior to showing up in person should include, where you have traveled or where the individual you have been in close proximity with has traveled and what symptoms you are experiencing. It is crucial to contain possible spread by calling ahead for protocol, this includes, calling the hospital prior to showing up at the emergency room (if necessary), letting emergency service operators know about concern prior to an ambulance being dispatched (if necessary).
As with any illness, there are certain practices we each can follow to protect ourselves from the spread of illness, this includes;
Social Distancing - this means distancing yourself while you are sick from individuals, or also distancing yourself from individuals who are sick. This includes items such as staying home from work or school while ill.
Proper hand washing - hand washing is crucial in helping stop the spread of many illnesses. Hands should be washed often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering all surfaces of your hands (and in-between your fingers) and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Respiratory Etiquette - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues immediately in a lined trash can and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
As with any new illness, information is constantly changing - for the most up to date information please regularly check the CDC's Novel Coronavirus webpage or the NYSDOH Novel Coronavirus Webpage