LOWVILLE, NY — Lewis County received reports of the first two cases of COVID-19 on March 28, 2020. As of today, there are a total of 10 cases of COVID-19 in the county.
A new case was identified Tuesday afternoon, this individual is in isolation at home. This individual is an employee at the Kraft Heinz facility in Lowville.
With each confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health staff investigate and identify close contacts and exposure risk. Health officials have been working closely with Kraft Heinz to ensure all exposed persons have been identified, notified and quarantined. Health officials have also provided cleaning and response guidance to the plant.
The Kraft Heinz facility in Lowville provides an essential service by taking milk from our local farms, and producing food. Under the New York State Department of Health guidelines for essential businesses, essential personnel who were exposed to COVID-19 can continue to work under the following conditions:
1. Working from home is not feasible;
2. Personnel are asymptomatic;
3. Personnel quarantine themselves when not at work;
4. Personnel undergo temperature and symptom checks upon arrival to work and at least every 12 hours;
5. Personnel wear a facemask while working;
6. If personnel develop symptoms while working, they immediately stop work and go home;
7. Any essential personnel with symptoms should be tested.
Recommendations for the use of isolation and quarantine are an important component of a multi-layered strategy to prevent sustained spread of COVID-19 in New York State.