Eight cases in Fulton County
The Leader-Herald Staff Reports
JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell has confirmed there are currently eight positive COVID-19 cases in Fulton County.
Fulton County saw its first COVID-19 case on March 19, and did not get a second confirmed case until Wednesday. As of Thursday afternoon, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now at six. Fulton County residents can view the number of confirmed cases by county by visiting the New York state Department of Health website. That website also shows the latest updates and guidelines given by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Headwell said in a news release she would like to remind the community “to conduct ourselves with the assumption that COVID-19 is present in Fulton County.”
She also said in the release that the number could actually be higher due to a shortage of tests.
“The number of Fulton County residents tested has been low due to testing availability,” she said in the release. “Fulton County Public Health is requesting all residents and visitors to Fulton County to continue to practice social distancing to help us keep our curve down,” Headwell said in the release. “There are steps that all of us can do to help keep ourselves, our family, and our community healthy.”
∫ Practice social distancing. Social distancing includes steps such as staying 6 feet away from other people and working from home.
∫ Continue to monitor local information.
∫ Continue to practice personal protective measures.
∫ Continue to put a household plan into place.
∫ All individuals should limit community movement and adapt to disruptions in routine activities, such as school and/or work closures, according to the release.
“Please consider these steps you should be taking to make sure you’re safe and others are safe. Help flatten the curve by doing your part,” Headwell said.
On March 27, Fulton County’s Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Warren Greene issued a news release asking visitors, weekenders and short-term rental owners to refrain from visiting Fulton County during the COVID-19 pandemic in attempt to reduce further exposure that could impact the county’s population and its overall health condition.
Other resources area residents can visit for all the latest updates on COVID-19 include the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.