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New COVID-19 Statistics and Protocol from Chairman Crandall and Administrator Knapp

While Allegany County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remains at two (2), New York State has become the U.S. epicenter of the virus outbreak with 44,635 confirmed cases, 6,481 hospitalizations, 1,583 ICU admissions, and 519 deaths.  The number of cases may actually be much higher than the confirmed case count indicates as many that contract the virus may not know it, or may not require testing.  Although you may not personally require medical intervention, it’s important to remember that you can infect others, and as a result, they may become gravely ill.  Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:

  • Confirmed Cases:  2
  • Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date:  115
  • Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 101
  • Currently Quarantined/Isolated:  14

We are battling a deadly virus, and it is more important than ever to reduce your chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus by practicing social distancing, remaining diligent with personal hand hygiene, limiting exposure throughout the community, and remaining home if possible.  The symptoms of the COVID-19 virus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold.  If you believe you may have the COVID-19 virus, please note the following:

  1. If you have shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, or blue lips, call your doctor or 911 right away.
  2. Most healthy people will have milder symptoms, and you should contact your doctor, and he/she can help you decide if you need a test. DO NOT go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center before calling ahead, if you are able to.  There is no treatment for COVID-19.  For people with mild symptoms who don’t need medical care, getting a test will not change what you or your doctor will do.
  3. We understand that testing is most important for people who are in direct contact with a known positive COVID-19 case and have symptoms, the seriously ill, people in high-risk settings like nursing homes or long-term care facilities, healthcare workers, and other first responders who are caring for those with COVID-19.
  4. If you have a fever, cough and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness, even if it is not from COVID-19, you should isolate yourself as if you have COVID-19 as this will reduce the risk of making the people around you sick.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious, and we only have to look at the statistics in New York City to see how serious this health crisis is.  We thank you for your continued diligence in helping to slow the spread of this virus.

For additional COVID-19 questions and information:
Call: 585-268-9700 (Weekdays:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Weekends:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
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