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Officials warn of several possible COVID-19 exposures in Seneca County

The Seneca County Health Department is alerting the public of three potential COVID-19 exposures in recent days.

Two individuals who visited Penny’s Place in Seneca Falls have tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say anyone who was at the restaurant on Friday, November 27th between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

The second potential exposure occurred on Friday, November 27th. Officials said anyone who attended the “Mike Tyson Pay Per View Party” on McDougall Road in Romulus should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The third potential exposure occurred on Saturday, November 28th in Waterloo. Officials said anyone who attended a birthday party on Water Street in Waterloo should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat and a new loss of sense of taste or smell for 14 days. If you experience any of these you should contact your primary care physician and be tested.

Although the risk of exposure in these cases is low, the potential for contracting COVID-19 is still present. Currently, 70% of the new cases of COVID-19 are the result of small social gatherings and parties. Yesterday Seneca County recorded the highest 7-day rolling average of  positive cases at 5.6%; as well as the highest  single-day positivity rate of 10.53%.

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“With these alarming statistics, it is more important now than ever to follow the basic public health guidelines listed below to help stop this community spread” said Swinehart. “By following these actions, we are protecting the the health of our residents. By following these simple steps we can start to bring this virus under control. By doing this we are all supporting the business community and local economy by decreasing our potential  for entering into a ‘yellow zone’ which will have a direct impact on our community.”

Officials issued the following recommendations, which fall in line with CDC and state guidance:

  • Refrain from non-essential travel
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when in public
  • Wear a mask at all times in public spaces, especially when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid close and continued contact with other people not in your household
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Answer all questions honestly and completely if you receive a call from a contact trace. By neglecting to list all  the individuals you may have been in contact with, you are adding to the increased spread of this virus.

“The only way to stop the spread is to work together for the benefit of our entire community,” Swinehart added.