Jefferson County: 12 positive cases

WATERTOWN, NY —  The Jefferson County Public Health Service is pleased to report that the patient with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 has recovered and is discharged from mandatory isolation today.

On Monday, March 30, one additional case with positive COVID-19 in Jefferson County was confirmed by LabCorp laboratory.

The individual is now in mandatory isolation. To date, there are 12 confirmed total positive cases; and 336 negative in Jefferson County.

It is important to note that with a significant increase in testing over the last two weeks, only 3.4% have been confirmed positive, while 96.6% have been confirmed negative.

Additionally, with rigorous case investigation completed by the Jefferson County Public Health Service on every positive case, there are no relational or county geographic connections between any of the current positive cases. No positive cases have been hospitalized to date.

Under current New York State Department of Health COVID-19 testing guidance, health care providers are now able to conduct COVID-19 testing without authorization from county health departments.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service is working closely with providers to manage patients tested and determine which patients require precautionary quarantine until test results are confirmed.

Currently, there are 94 individuals in Jefferson County under precautionary quarantine.

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 66,497 positive COVID-19 cases in New York State, with the vast majority of cases in New York City. Local health departments are actively monitoring suspected and positive cases throughout New York State.

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:

 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 Practice social distance
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.