Lewis County: 5 new COVID-19 cases

LOWVILLE, NY —  Lewis County received reports of the first two cases of COVID-19 on March 28, 2020.

As of today, there have been a total of 19 cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The additional cases were identified Friday evening and are in isolation at home.

4 of the 5 additional cases are staff at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.

Lewis County Public Health is working closely with the leadership at Lewis County Health System to identify close contacts and evaluate exposure risk. Those persons who have been in contact with the positive cases will be placed in quarantine and will be monitored for symptoms and 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. To date, Lewis County Public Health reports the following number of quarantines, isolations, tests and results for COVID-19 testing and monitoring in Lewis County NY:

Individuals Under Quarantine – 45
Individuals Under Isolation – 8
Total Tested – 1,108
Negative Results – 1,051
Pending Results – 38
Confirmed Cases – 19
Individuals Recovered – 11

Lewis County Public Health encourages the community to continue to protect themselves, their families and neighbors by following public health guidance for social distancing and washing your hands. Now, more than ever, being a good neighbor means staying home. If you must go out for an essential task or essential work, you must use a cloth face covering when you are unable to maintain social distancing.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit lewiscountypublichealth.com or call (315) 376-5453. If you have COVID-19 related questions or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath) please call the Lewis County Health System COVID-19 Resource Line at (315) 376-9678.