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2019 Novel Coronavirus a Low Risk, But Vigilance Encouraged

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Liberty, NY – There are currently no confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in New York State, but Sullivan County Public Health Services has been monitoring the situation closely with State and Federal partners, as part of routine health emergency preparedness.  

Although there is not a lot known about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time, Public Health Services continues to perform communicable disease surveillance in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health.

“We gained a great deal of experience in responding effectively to last year’s measles outbreak, and our staff is prepared for any situation, should it occur,” stated Nancy McGraw, Public Health Director. “We have also reached out to area healthcare providers to provide information.”

This is a new virus that has not been previously found in humans. It can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern (particularly Wuhan, China), or who have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus shouldn’t be confused with other coronaviruses that have been around for many years, which themselves cause upper respiratory symptoms, like the common cold.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It is currently flu season, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Call Sullivan County Public Health Services for an appointment at 845-292-5910 x 0, or contact your healthcare provider or area pharmacy.

There is a general Information line for the public who have questions about Novel Coronavirus: 1-888-364-3065. Additional information and resources are available here: