Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus is spread person to person by droplets when coughing. It can cause an illness ranging from mild to severe. This virus causes a disease called COVID-19 and can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States and New York State.

If you are sick with any symptoms, stay home for 14 DAYS. Even if a person is sick with any other virus or mild respiratory illness, staying home protects them and their community. We all have the power to slow down the spread.

Testing Update 4/6/2020

Beginning April 6, 2020, at 10 am, Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and The University at Albany will open a Capital Region Testing Site on the UAlbany campus – 1400 Washington Avenue, Colonial Quad parking lot, accessible from main UAlbany entry, off Washington Avenue, Albany.

The site will prioritize tests for individuals among the highest risk population.

APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. Residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. NO WALK-INS allowed. All patients must be in a vehicle. 

A screening form for testing should be completed ahead of arrival. Screening form can be found by following this link covid19screening.health.ny.gov

Once the screening form is completed, site administrators will contact the individual to set up an appointment.

Testing will open Monday, April 6, 2020, at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday – Sunday, 8 am- 6 pm.

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Columbia County Public Information

  • 4/7/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 2:45 pm, April 7, 2020:

      We are sad to report that we have a fourth community member that has passed away from COVID-19. Although we understand the desire for more information, we are doing everything we can to respect the privacy of the individual and the loved ones of the deceased. The only COVID-19 information we will share can be found below. 

      -72 positive cases of COVID-19 

      -28 of the 72 cases have recovered from COVID-19

      -4 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 1 of those are in the ICU

      -We have received 489 test results completed for Columbia County residents

      – 80 residents are under mandatory quarantine and 21 under precautionary quarantine

      -There are 8 residents with suspected, not tested cases

      Social distancing continues to be a priority for the community’s health. Prevent the spread by staying home, staying 6ft away from everyone, and understanding that commonly touched items ARE a possible means for the virus to transmit from person-to-person. Do not touch your face, sanitize these surfaces frequently and STAY HOME to protect those who cannot.

      For more information about COVID-19 and updates on testing please see our website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 4/6/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3 pm, April 6, 2020:

      -70 positive cases of COVID-19 

      -27 of the 70 cases have recovered from COVID-19

      -3 of the positive cases have passed away

      -4 of the positive cases are hospitalized, 2 of those are in the ICU

      -We have received 477 test results completed for Columbia County residents

      – 80 residents are under mandatory quarantine and 21 under precautionary quarantine

      -There are 8 residents with suspected, not tested cases

       

      For more information about COVID-19 please see our website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 4/5/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 2:30 pm, April 5, 2020, Columbia County has confirmed 69 positive cases of COVID-19. Three of the positive cases have passed away. Five of the positive cases are hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. We have received 468 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 68 under mandatory quarantine and 16 under precautionary quarantine. There are 4 residents with suspected, not tested cases. Twenty-five Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19.

       

      For more information about COVID-19 please see our website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • Sunday, April 5, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    • Sunday, April 5, 2020

      FROM: Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

      PINE HAVEN REPORTS SIX NEW POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

      Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said Sunday that since Saturday, six additional residents of the Pine Haven Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Philmont had tested positive for COVID-19.

      The six new positives bring to 17 the number of Pine Haven residents that have tested positive for the virus, which now affects all three wings at the facility. Two of its residents have succumbed to the disease over the past week, Mabb said.

      “Pine Haven is being diligent in isolating patients in the facility,” Mabb said, “and staff is being confined to working in one area, rather than moving between wings.”

      “The state Department of Health has been notified. Locally, the county DoH continues to closely monitor the situation at Pine Haven,” he said.

  • 4/4/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:45 pm, April 4, 2020, Columbia County has confirmed 61 positive cases of COVID-19. Three of the positive cases have passed away. Five of the positive cases are hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. We have received 440 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 60 under mandatory quarantine and 22 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases. Twenty-four Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19.

       

      For more information about COVID-19 please see our website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 4/3/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3 pm, April 3, 2020, Columbia County has confirmed 57 positive cases of COVID-19. Two of the positive cases have passed away. Five of the positive cases are hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. We have received 427 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 60 under mandatory quarantine and 22 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases. Twenty-two Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19.

      For more information about COVID-19 please see our website https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/…/coronavirus-covid…/

  • 4/2/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:45 pm, April 2, 2020, Columbia County has confirmed 51 positive cases of COVID-19. Two of the positive cases have passed away. Five of the positive cases are hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. We have received 401 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 61 under mandatory quarantine and 25 under precautionary quarantine. There are 10 residents with suspected, not tested cases. Twenty-two Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19.

       

      https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 4/1/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30 pm, April 1, 2020, Columbia County has confirmed 45 positive cases of COVID-19. Seven of the positive cases are hospitalized, four of those are in the ICU. We have received 387 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 59 under mandatory quarantine and 20 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases. Eighteen Columbia County residents have recovered from COVID-19.

       

      This is a stressful time for all of us. Everyone reacts to stress differently and it’s important to take care of ourselves and each other as best we can. You can connect to your friends and family without putting our health at risk. Use virtual platforms to your advantage and take care of your mental and emotional health. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

  • 3/31/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30 pm, March 31, 2020, Columbia County has 41 positive cases of COVID-19. Six of the positive cases are hospitalized, four of those are in the ICU. We have received 371 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 68 under mandatory quarantine and 18 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases.

       

      It may be confusing to compare the numbers we report here to the numbers reported by NYSDOH and other news platforms. We suspect the discrepancy comes from dual homeownership. While we get results on people who report having addresses in Columbia County, there may be people with more than one address and the state attributes their results to their other address (likely downstate). The numbers we report are the cases we are monitoring and the homes we visit to ensure compliance with Isolation & Quarantine. We continue to monitor our numbers closely and make it a priority to report information as accurately as possible to our residents.   

       

      Regardless of who gets tested, where a person is from, essential or non-essential work, it is important now more than ever to STAY HOME. We recommend staying 6ft away from everyone but that still leaves a risk of surface transfer. Touching countertops, doorknobs, shopping carts, etc. allow the transfer of the virus. Keep your hands clean, don’t touch your face, use virtual platforms to socialize. STAY HOME. 

       

      https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 3/30/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3pm, March 30, 2020, Columbia County has 36 positive cases of COVID-19. Six of the positive cases remain hospitalized, two of those are in the ICU. We have received 357 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 69 under mandatory quarantine and 17 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases.

       

      Be sure to check our website for updates and links to other sources of accurate, up to date information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

       

      https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 3/29/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 1:30 pm, March 29, 2020, Columbia County has 33 positive cases of COVID-19. Four of the positive cases remain hospitalized. We have received 344 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 77 under mandatory quarantine and 31 under precautionary quarantine. There are 8 residents with suspected, not tested cases.

  • March 28, 2020 For Immediate Release
    • For Immediate Release

      March 28, 2020

      As of 2 pm, March 28, 2020, Columbia County has 30 positive cases of COVID-19. We are sad to report that an elderly individual, who was infected with COVID-19 along with multiple other co-morbidities, has passed away. Four of the positive cases remain hospitalized. We have received 309 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 79 individuals under mandatory quarantine and 42 under precautionary quarantine. There are 10 residents with suspected, not tested cases.

  • 3/27/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 4 pm, March 27, 2020, Columbia County has 27 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received 291 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 96 under mandatory quarantine and 35 under precautionary quarantine. There are 10 residents with suspected, not tested cases.

      Today Governor Cuomo announced all New York State schools will be closed until April 15th at which point the matter will be reevaluated. It is important now more than ever to stay vigilant and STAY HOME. If you do have to go out, don’t touch common surfaces (credit card reader, doors, countertops, shopping carts). Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.

  • For Immediate Release March 27, 2020
    • March 27, 2020

      For Immediate Release

       

      The Columbia County Department of Health announced today that four residents of Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Philmont have tested positive for COVID-19. The four cases have been confirmed by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Each of the four individuals are isolated at the facility. None of the four confirmed cases are hospitalized — their symptoms are being treated and managed by the facility. The families of the patients have been notified and the facility reports the patients’ symptoms are improving.

       

      Pine Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation is remaining vigilant in taking proper precautions to protect staff and all residents. The facility has taken several precautions over the past three weeks in an effort to protect their community. They have been closed to visitors for the past three weeks, and employees and all essential deliveries are being screened for travel, symptoms or fever.

       

      “I’m confident that Pine Haven is taking the necessary steps to protect their residents and employees,” Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said Friday. “The Columbia County Department of Health remains in constant contact with the New York State Department of Health,” he added.

       

      “All nursing homes within the county have a plan to handle these types of contingencies,” said county Emergency Management Director David W. Harrison, Jr.

       

      “Pine Haven has and continues to be proactive. We understand they’ve been isolating residents to their wings. They’ve certainly been closely monitoring anyone coming in or out. As the Chairman mentioned we continue to communicate with the state throughout our response,” said Jack Mabb, Director of Public Health.

  • 3/26/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30pm, March 26, 2020, Columbia County has 24 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received 279 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 95 under mandatory quarantine and 35 under precautionary quarantine. There are 8 residents with suspected, not tested cases. 

      The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.

      https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf

  • 3/25/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30pm, March 25, 2020, Columbia County has 19 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received 254 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 85 under mandatory quarantine and 30 under precautionary quarantine. There are 9 residents with suspected, not tested cases.
       
      Volunteers are critical for emergency response in public health.
       
      The ServNY volunteer management system, administered by the NYS Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP), is a registry of those willing to assist on behalf of New York State during an emergency. Currently, 6,546 people have volunteered to help when needed.
       
      CCDOH continues our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are someone who is interested in contributing to the response effort, you can register under the ServNY program here https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/
  • 3/24/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 2pm, March 24, 2020, Columbia County has 18 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received 235 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 82 under mandatory quarantine and 76 under precautionary quarantine. There are 5 residents with suspected, not tested cases. 

      It’s important that we all do our part to protect our community.

      1. Practice Social Distancing– Even if you feel well, stay home as much as possible. In public, keep 6 ft distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments. 
      2. Wash Your Hands. Cover Your Cough.– Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
      3. Take Caution with New Yorkers At-Risk– Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead. Offer help with groceries and other goods.

      https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 3/23/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30 pm, March 23, 2020, Columbia County has 17 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received 225 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 73 under mandatory quarantine and 82 under precautionary quarantine. 

      Upon receiving positive results, the nurses at CCDOH begin an investigation and reach out to the contacts of an individual with a positive COVID-19 test result. Those with direct contact with a positive case are then put on mandatory quarantine. Precautionary quarantine is when someone has indirect contact with a positive COVID-19 case. By social distancing, we take all the proper precautions to protect our public’s health. 

      Social distancing practices are meant to slow down the spread by doing the following: Stay home when you are sick; Call your health care provider in advance of a visit; Limit movement in the community i.e. attendance at events, restaurants, parties, etc.; Limit visitors to your home; Keep a 6-foot distance between you and others when out in the community; Avoid direct physical contact such as hand-shaking, holding hands, and hugging.

       

  • 3/22/20 6pm COVID-19 Update
    • As of 6 pm, March 22, 2020, Columbia County has 17 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received a total of 223 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are 59 residents under mandatory and 80 under precautionary quarantine. 

  • 3/22/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 12 pm, March 22, 2020, Columbia County has 13 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received a total of 203 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are several residents under mandatory and precautionary quarantine. 

       

      Please note that If you are sick with any symptoms, stay home for 14 DAYS. Even if a person is sick with any other virus or mild respiratory illness, staying home protects them and their community. We all have the power to slow down the spread. 

       

      Essential services will continue. Governor Cuomo’s list of essential services can be found on our website. For those forced to be in public whether to obtain supplies or essential services workforce, you can continue to practice social distancing by keeping as much distance as possible from others (ideally 6 ft), wash hands frequently, don’t touch your face, avoid frequently touched surfaces (door handles, counter tops, sinks, sanitize your cell phone, light switches, remote controls, toilets, tables, chairs, etc. Use paper products as a barrier when appropriate. 

       

      https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 3/21/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 12 pm, March 21, 2020, Columbia County has 7 positive cases of COVID-19. We have received a total of 161 test results completed for Columbia County residents. There are several residents under mandatory and precautionary quarantine which is coordinated by CCDOH nursing staff. These dedicated public servants are working non-stop to protect our community. Anyone who can please stay home.

      Check out our Coronavirus page on our website for links to information from reliable sources. https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • 3/20/20 COVID-19 Update
  • COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY ANNOUNCES 1ST POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 3/20
    • March 20, 2020

      For Immediate Release

      Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell and Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb announced today that a Columbia County resident has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The positive test has been confirmed by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). CCDOH staff is monitoring the individual, who is under mandatory isolation at home. The latest updates and guidance about COVID-19 will continue to be available at www.columbiacountynyhealth.com.

      Chairman Matt Murell said, “In conjunction with our Department of Health, Emergency Response and other departments, we have been working diligently to plan and prepare for our response to COVID-19 here in Columbia County, preparing for weeks for the inevitable case.”

      “Although there is a confirmed case in Columbia County, and patient confidentiality prevents specific details about the individual case, the risk to our community remains low,” said Public Health Director Mabb. “However, it is more important than ever to be vigilant about proper hygiene to keep yourself and your family healthy and minimize the further spread of Coronavirus. If you are experiencing symptoms, or think you have contracted Coronavirus, please contact your primary-care physician – do not go to your physician’s office before calling; your physician will provide further guidance based on your symptoms and exposure.

      Each individual has the power to reduce the impact on our community by staying home, whether you have symptoms or not. Additional information is available on Columbia County’s website, www.columbiacountynyhealth.com.”

  • 3/19/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30 pm, March 19, 2020, Columbia County has 0 positive cases of COVID-19, 9 individuals under mandatory quarantine, 37 individuals under precautionary quarantine. We have received 74 test results completed for Columbia County residents, all with negative results.

      Remember that by staying home, you protect the vulnerable and those with occupations unable to stay home. We especially appreciate our local healthcare partners, law enforcement, other local health departments, grocery store staff, transportation, and cleaning professionals, and ALL of those working in public service.

  • 3/18/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3 pm, March 18, 2020, Columbia County has 0 positive cases of COVID-19, 8 individuals under mandatory quarantine, 51 individuals under precautionary quarantine. We have received 46 test results completed for Columbia County residents, all with negative results.
      Testing for COVID-19 remains strict as resources are limited. Testing is prioritized for those who have suspected exposure or appropriate symptoms. Symptoms for testing include the following: fever, cough, shortness of breath. We continue to work closely with our local healthcare partners and community members on a case by case basis to evaluate testing criteria as issued by the CDC and NYSDOH.
  • 3/17/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 3:30 pm on March 17, 2020, Columbia County has 0 positive cases of COVID-19, 4 individuals under mandatory quarantine, 22 individuals under precautionary quarantine.  We have received 32 test results completed for Columbia County residents, all with negative results. We continue to work closely with our local healthcare partners and community members on a case by case basis to evaluate testing criteria as issued by the CDC and NYSDOH.

       

      New information was released today by New York State issuing information on actions to offset the economic impact of closures. The Federal Government held a press conference addressing testing. You can find more information by following these links State  Federal.  CCDOH staff continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation at the global, federal, state and local levels.

  • 3/16/20 COVID-19 Update
    • As of 4 pm on March 16, 2020, Columbia County has 0 positive cases of COVID-19, 3 individuals under mandatory quarantine, 9 individuals under precautionary quarantine.  We have received 15 test results completed for Columbia County residents, all with negative results. We continue to work closely with our local healthcare partners and community members on a case by case basis to evaluate testing criteria as issued by the CDC and NYSDOH.

      We continue to monitor the national and state guidance and adapt our local response plans accordingly.
      On March 16, 2020, the Governor issued an executive order, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors issued State of Emergency for Columbia County, and the Mayor of Hudson issued a Local Emergency Order.
      The New York State Executive Order makes the following recommendations until further notice: no more public gatherings of over 50 persons, casinos will close at 8 pm tonight, gyms will close at 8 pm tonight, movie theaters will close at 8 pm tonight, bars/restaurants will close at 8 pm tonight- except for take out. It is recommended that only essentials be open after 8 pm tonight including grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, medical facilities.
  • MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 3/16
    • “It needs us to move it, it needs us to make copies for it, and if we don’t help it, then the virus will stop. So we have the power to do that. Right now.”

       

  • 3/14/20 COVID-19 Update
    • March 14, 2020

       

      The Columbia County Health Department would like to thank you for your patience in waiting for updates.  The rapidly changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and NYSDOH about COVID-19 requires continued monitoring and adapting of our plans for response.

       

      As of this release, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. The risk for potential cases in Columbia County remains low.  The public will be notified in the event of a positive case in Columbia County.

       

      It is recommended that we avoid person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 by staying vigilant in practicing respiratory virus protection measures:

      – Social distancing as defined by staying 6 feet from another individual

      -Avoid large crowds

      -Post-pone any events or travel that you can

      -Practice proper hand hygiene

      -Cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow crease

      -Avoid touching your face

      -Stay home when you’re sick

       

      At the time of this release CCDOH does not have testing capability. We will make every effort to update this information as soon as it becomes available. We do not have the hand sanitizer the Governor spoke about and as is the case we will let the public know as soon as we have any information.

       

      To help with answers for your question or concerns about the coronavirus and how to help stop the spread, we suggest you seek reliable and credible information. Along with our updates the CCDOH web page at www.columbiacountynyhealth.com also has links to the WHO, CDC and NYSDOH web sites.

  • 3/6/2020 CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
    • March 6, 2020

      As of this release, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. Our actions and how we form our plans for both health care providers and the general public are defined by the Centers for Disease Control through the New York State Department of Health.   The risk factor for potential cases impacting Columbia County remains low.  The Columbia County Department of Health along with local County Officials are committed to actively monitoring the progression of this new virus and modifying our response as required.

      You can help stop COVID19 by knowing the signs and symptoms, and doing simple things to keep yourself and others healthy.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

      The NYSDOH has established a Hotline for questions about COVID-19 and can be accessed by calling 888-364-3065.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov and World Health Organization (WHO) www.who.int web sites are the best resources for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.2019-ncov-factsheet sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet Protect-Yourself-From-COVID-19-PDF

  • CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 3/3
    • Covid-19 Risk is Low for Columbia County Residents

      The coronavirus is a respiratory pathogen spread by coughing that can cause an illness ranging from mild to severe.

      The Columbia County Department of Health in coordination with the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the local hospital and local providers are closely monitoring the global situation of respiratory illness, now being referred to as Covid-19.

      We are prepared to identify and manage suspect cases and will implement appropriate control measures to prevent the spread of disease locally.

      The danger to Columbia County residents is low. 

      The most important things to remember to protect against ANY respiratory virus is to avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

      Follow this link to the CDC for what you need to know about Covid-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#basics

  • NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 2/5
    • February 5, 2020

      For Immediate Release

      The Columbia County Department of Health is actively monitoring for potential cases of the Novel Coronavirus and is taking precautions to limit the impact if the virus is found in Columbia County. Screening protocols are in place and guidance has been established for both health care providers and the general public. Although we are still learning about this new virus the prevention and mitigation principles for this virus are similar to those for the flu. Principles such as:

      • Good hygiene including frequent handwashing with soap and water
      • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and NOT your hand
      • Keeping a 6 foot distance from others who have been exposed to the virus
      • Implementing social distancing such as canceling or limiting large gatherings
      • If you have symptoms of fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home, eliminate close contact with others, and advise your medical provider

      Currently more people have been infected with the flu, and have died from the flu than the Coronavirus. Since a key factor with the Coronavirus is a travel history to China within the last 14 days, the risk factor for the virus impacting Columbia County is low. If you, or someone you have been in close contact with, has traveled from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, or mainland China within the past 14 days, please contact the Columbia County Department of Health.

      Additional guidance can be found at the following Center for Disease Control link. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

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