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Multiple Exposures During Party at Monticello Restaurant

Monticello, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services has confirmed that a diner at Ciao Bella, an Italian restaurant in Monticello, tested positive for COVID-19.

While there is currently no indication that the patron contracted the virus at the restaurant, the diner was at a group party, and the restaurant was hosting over two dozen people at the time, many of whom were not wearing masks. Additional individuals are awaiting their test results.

The party was being held at the restaurant, located at 46 Forestburgh Road in Monticello, on the following date and time:

  • December 12 from 6-10 p.m.

Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing, but if someone thinks they have been exposed and develops symptoms, they and their close contacts should self-quarantine for 14 days and call their healthcare provider, or call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910. Please DO NOT leave quarantine while awaiting test results.

The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm-lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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Due to the large increase in the number of cases and communitywide transmission, and an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases over the holidays, public health and medical experts highly recommend avoiding gatherings, especially if masks are not worn and social distancing cannot be maintained.

The following parameters and protocols are based upon recommended preventive measures issued from the public health community. Follow these CDC guidelines to protect yourself and others:

•           Stay at least six feet from other people.

•           Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

•           Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.

•           Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

•           Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•           Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Throw used tissues in the trash.

•           Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

•           Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

•           Take your temperature if symptoms develop.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following:

•           Fever or chills

•           Cough

•           Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

•           Fatigue

•           Muscle or body aches

•           Headache

•           New loss of taste or smell

•           Sore throat

•           Congestion or runny nose

•           Nausea or vomiting

•           Diarrhea

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

•           Trouble breathing

•           Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

•           New confusion

•           Inability to wake or stay awake

•           Bluish lips or face

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