Positive COVID-19 Cases Rise to 11

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

"The virus is here", are a few of the words the county public health director shared with the Chautauqua County Legislature about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Wednesday.

Over 472,100 coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide and the death toll exceeded 21,300 while more than 114,800 have recovered, according to data compiled by the US -based Johns Hopkins University. Two cases were identified in Sparta and another in Hopatcong.

The fourth reported case came on the evening of March 24 and involved a 48-year-old male resident of Key Largo, who recently traveled to Los Angeles.

Vernon Township added its second case since the outbreak began, a 64-year-old female and Wantage Township added its first case as well, a 70-year-old male. The health department said it could not provide any additional information because of federal privacy laws. In its most recent report, the health department stated there were 295 new cases, 284 involving Florida residents and 11 non-state residents.

An NIU student in their 20s and a person in their 50s have tested positive for the coronavirus, the viral respiratory disease causing a global pandemic.

Both the Sussex County Dept. of Health and the patients were notified of the positive results on March 20.

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"Our community's health and safety are of primary concern to the Board of Chosen Freeholders", Petillo said in a news release.

"More testing is happening so more positive are going to come about", Brandy said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still 103 tests pending results in St. Lawrence County.

"The new cases signify a trend of community transmission which is best responded to by ensuring social distancing, covering sneezes and coughs, maintain distance of six feet from other individuals, frequent handwashing, and staying home if sick", the department said.

"It is extremely important that everyone stay home and avoid contact with others", reads a statement from Franklin County. When private labs conduct the testing, they are notifying the patient and the county health department, he added.

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