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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Fulton County

JOHNSTOWN — State and Fulton County authorities this morning confirmed that Fulton County has its first positive case of coronavirus.

The state Department of Health confirmed the county now has one case. It was also confirmed by Fulton County Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria.

“We have been informed by the Fulton County Public Health Department that there is one confirmed case,” he said.

Santa Maria said that due to New York state HIPAA privacy rules, he can’t say whether the confirmed case is a male or female or what municipality they reside.

Montgomery County has been reporting two positive coronavirus cases.

Fulton County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell couldn’t be reached this morning.

The latest on the state level is that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling businesses must reduce employees on site by 75 percent. Cuomo signed the bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus. He will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce. Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.

More on this story will appear in Friday’s edition of The Leader-Herald.

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