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Chemung County Reports First Confirmed Case Of Covid-19

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ElmiraTelegram    143

In a release just sent out to the media, Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss releases the following statement:

”The Chemung County Health Department confirms the County’s first positive Covid-19 test.

Health officials were advised this afternoon that a Chemung County resident who had recently traveled internationally has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Health Department staff are currently conducting their investigation with who the individual has come into contact with which is often referred to as contact tracing.

We’ll have additional information on Monday March 23, 2020.“

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Hal    252

It’s here and we deal with it! Now if others would listen and stay home, stay away or not congregate, maybe we could flatten the curve in the County ! 

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ElmiraTelegram    143

Chemung County Executive Chris Moss has announced a second confirmed case in the county:

“The Chemung County Health Department confirms the County’s 2nd positive Covid-19 test.

Health department officials were advised late this afternoon that an additional Chemung County resident has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Health Department staff are currently conducting their investigation with who the individual has come into contact with which is often referred to as “contact tracing”.

It’s important for the public to realize that test results come back at varying dates and times depending on what laboratories they were sent to and the backlog of those varying facilities.”

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Chris    1,310

3 more reported today, for a total of 6. 

I see on social media people are frekaing out because the county doesn't provide a timeline of where the people were. First off, maybe they don't know. But more importantly, does it really matter in the end?

When you leave your house, assume everything you touch has been touched by someone who is infected. Then act accordingly... wash your freaking hands. It's really that simple. Part of me thinks people want to hear an infected person was at the same place they were so they can freak out even more, post about it on Facebook, etc. 

Social media has been great for some aspects of this pandemic. For other aspects, not so much. 

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KReed    592

I realize there is a balance between how much information will cause hysteria and how much is necessary and useful to identify people who have been potentially exposed....but it's foolish to think health officials should ‘out’ every individual that have tested positive.  

One of Saratoga county’s first 2 confirmed cases worked in the pharmacy at the busy CVS in town. They reported that fact, as well as other ‘high contact’ places where they had ‘prolonged attendance’ during their likely ‘contagious’ time before they were quarantined. Swinging by the same drive-thru as someone infected who was is not the same as three 8 hour shifts sharing the same restroom, doorknobs and passing file folders with them.

Unfortunately, after the first half dozen or so…..publicly listing the whereabouts of every single case isn’t practical. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t gathering that information and informing the people who may be exposed. (i.e.: those who work with them, spent prolonged time and attended closed/crowded gatherings, etc).

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