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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The 2019 novel coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation. Following guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH, we are working closely with County Administration, elected officials, and community partners, including Cayuga Health System and other healthcare providers. The health and well-being of our community is our top priority.

  • Distance--Please do not form lines or groups. Keep 6 feet of distance at all times
  • Density--Avoid entering crowded rooms or areas. Reduce occupancy to allow for proper distancing
  • Face Covering--You must wear a face covering when in public buildings and outdoor spaces around others
  • Hand Hygiene--Wash hands well and often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
  • Symptoms--If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches, stay home and get tested
  • Menta Health--COVID-19 affects everyone's well-being. If you are struggling, it's OK to ask fro support
  • Travel--Non essential travel is discouraged. Quarantine is required when arriving in NYS from high spread states
  • Quarantine--If you are required to quarantine be responsible and follow all guidance for the full 14 days

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Press Conference, March 9, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Rice Conference Room, Tompkins County Health Department. Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director, Jason Molino, Tompkins County Administrator, Martin Stallone, M.D., CEO, Cayuga Health Systems

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Introduction and Overview

In January 2020, 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. It has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States and New York State. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus and shouldn’t be confused with other coronaviruses that have been around for many years causing upper respiratory symptoms, like the common cold. Routine tests ordered by your health care provider, and done at a local hospital or lab, only test for one of the common coronaviruses. The 2019 novel coronavirus requires specialized testing. Be sure to ask your health care provider to explain any test that has been ordered for you.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Please regularly check this website, the New York State Department of Health website, and the CDC’s Novel Coronavirus webpage for updates.

Reviewed: 3/13/2020

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WHO infograph about proper hand washing While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Source: NYSDOH accessed 2/18/2020

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