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Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh addressed the media at a press conference Sunday (as shown), and again Wednesday.
Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh addressed the media at a press conference Sunday (as shown), and again Wednesday.

Wydysh: Woman who tested positive for COVID-19 'did not have any community contact'; 3 new cases confirmed


Thu, Mar 19th 2020 08:25 am

Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh released the following statement Thursday morning:

“As has already been made public, at approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 17, the Niagara County Health Department was notified by the New York State Health Department of a positive test result for COVID-19 in a 42 year-old female residing in western Niagara County.

“Our communicable disease investigation team immediately began their investigation and now, after one full day of work, they believe they have an accurate picture of the affected individual’s community contact.

“This investigation included multiple interviews with the affected individual. She began showing symptom on March 8 and immediately began quarantining herself. Our clinical team reviewed one full week before she was symptomatic to the present. Based on the interviews and timeline, and thanks in large part to the affected individual’s actions to quickly quarantine herself, distance herself from family members and seek medical attention, the Niagara County Department of Health is confident she did not have any community contact during this period. This means no shopping, no public transportation, no work, nor any other outside interactions. The only contact was with family.

“As such, much of our team’s effort over the last day has involved personally contacting those who had been in direct contact with this individual at a personal gathering and instituting quarantines. These people will now be closely monitored, but at this point, none are showing any symptoms.

“As of right now, Niagara County has 34 individuals in quarantine, all with no symptoms. The affected individual is in isolation. We also have 5 test results pending.”

3 New Positive Results

Niagara County Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton on Thursday said the New York State Department of Health has confirmed three new positive test results for COVID-19 in Niagara County.

Stapleton said all three individuals live in in western Niagara County, which includes Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara, Lewiston and Porter.

More information will be made public as it becomes available.

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