Health officials urge vigilance amid uptick in Madison County


WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department is stressing the importance of social distancing, wearing a face mask, and practicing good hygiene,— which includes proper hand-washing — as the county deals with an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Late Thursday, Madison
County health officials reported 24 active cases, 11 of those are associated with the colleges,
the officials said, but the rest are scattered throughout the largely rural county.

The positivity rate for October stands at 0.8% — double the
0.4% rate for September, officials said.

The October positivity rate is also higher than the 0.5% rate in July and August, officials added.

In September, Madison County had 35 positive cases overall, however, officials said, that as of today, the county had already reported 29 new cases for
October with additional cases likely over the remaining final weeks of the month.

An uptick in COVID-19 infections was expected with the weather cooling down, more people staying indoors, many back to work, and children back at school, the health officials said; however, they added, residents have to remain vigilant — which also includes limiting the size of any gatherings.

Residents who do not feel good are asked to stay home. Even if they think it is just a cold or seasonal allergies.

“This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in keeping our community safe,” said Public Health Director Eric Faisst.

“The best way to combat this is by continuing to be cautious. Do not gather in large groups, wear a face covering when you are unable to maintain social distancing, and please practice good hygiene. We must continue to be smart about the spread of this virus,” the county health official added.

Residents are also asked to limit their travel, Faisst said, and not visit other states if you do not have to travel. The county health department has seen a growing number of cases where individuals have been exposed during travel. This is particularly important, the department said, to remember as with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming up.

Madison County has partnered with SUNY Upstate to hold COVID-19 diagnostic mobile testing clinics. The next test dates are Thursday, Oct. 22, in Cazenovia at the Cazenovia Library from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 29, at the county complex parking lot in Wampsville from 3 to 7 p.m. Testing is available to anyone interested at no cost to the patient, however, they are by appointment only.

Anyone who would like to be tested should call 315-464-2582 and select option 0 to set up an appointment.

Anyone who begins to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home and contact their doctor for guidance on testing. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or difficulty breathing.

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