Update from Jefferson County Public Health Service on COVID-19

WATERTOWN, NY —  A specimen submitted to Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany on March 6, 2020 has tested negative for COVID-19. The Jefferson County Public Health Service will end monitoring of the patient today.

As of this time, no individuals have been diagnosed with Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 in Jefferson County.

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 (CDC) about testing protocols related to disease transmission.

Travel history is still a consideration, along with presentation of specific symptoms.

To date, there are 142 positive COVID-19 cases in New York State.

Local health departments are actively monitoring suspected and positive cases throughout New York 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:

 Obtain vaccination for flu (everyone six months of age and older). Risk for
contracting flu is high. While there is currently no vaccine for Novel Coronavirus,
understand that risk for contracting Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 is low.
 Do your part to stop the spread of germs:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
o Avoid contact with sick people
o Stay home if you’re sick

Please visit www.jcphs.org to receive the most current, up-to-date information.

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