The Seneca County Public Health Department received notification that another Seneca County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 40 confirmed cases.
Public Health staff are conducting contact tracing on this individual to identify any close contacts of the individual and to determine any exposure risks. Close contacts will be placed on quarantine to monitor for the development of any symptoms.
Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is being collected beginning 48 hours prior to the symptom onset through the day of the positive test result.
The investigation indicates that this individual visited the following locations within that timeframe:
- 5/16/2020: Walmart in Waterloo between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- 5/16/2020: Glenwood Foods, 2905 Rte. 318, Seneca Falls between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Although there is a low risk of transmission, anyone who may have been at these locations during the time indicated should monitor themselves for any signs of COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. Any individuals with concerns or are feeling ill should contact their health care provider for instructions.
“Many of our recent cases have been asymptomatic individuals,” said Public Health Director, Vickie Swinehart. “The areas of potential community exposures listed abve is a good indication of why we need to remain vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. We all must continue to wash our hands often, wear face masks in public, and make sure to socially distance ourselves from those we do not live with. It is very possible to feel well and still have COVID-19.”