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Virus alert issued by Fulton County health dept.

GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Health Department on Wednesday alerted residents who visited the Walmart on Kingsboro Avenue Extension of multiple possible exposures to the coronavirus.

A press release from the county health department warned of the risk of possible coronavirus exposures at the Walmart store on six dates from July 17 through Saturday each over a period of several hours.

According to the county health department, residents may have been exposed to the coronavirus while visiting the Gloversville Walmart on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals who visited the store during any of those dates and times are encouraged to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms.

“If you have been affected by any of the exposures below, the Fulton County Health Department says you should monitor yourself for symptoms up to 14 days after the time of exposure,” the release states.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is encouraged to contact their primary care provider for guidance, especially those who are at high risk for severe illness due to age or underlying health conditions.

The release from the health department acknowledges that some individuals who contract the virus do not exhibit any symptoms, leading to a reminder to residents to continue following all health and safety guidelines to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting the virus.

“Individuals that practiced social distancing, wore a mask, don’t touch their face and wash their hands are scientifically proven to be less likely to develop COVID 19,” the release states.

Wednesday’s release does not include any details about the source of the exposure, including whether it was limited to a single individual or multiple people or how they are believed to have become infected.

Local health officials to date have released few specifics regarding confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the believed sources of infections, the demographics most commonly affected or the municipality in which the individuals reside due to patient privacy concerns.

Details regarding locations visited by individuals later confirmed to have the coronavirus have only been released in instances when contact tracers have been unable to identify every person an infected individual may have come into contact with while visiting a specific site or in the event of a large outbreak such as the outbreak that occurred at the Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare beginning in April.

Updates on the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus have also become less frequent since the outbreak began in the spring with the last public release issued by the county health department on June 19 before Fulton County Public Health Director Laurel Headwell most recently provided an update to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee on Tuesday.

Headwell reported that as of Monday Fulton County had recorded 275 total cases of coronavirus since the spring. As of the report, only four cases were still active, with 236 individuals having recovered, while 35 individuals have died from the virus.

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