3/8/2020 COVID-19: Update #4
From Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan:
“IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: This morning, we were notified by the New York State Health Department that an Ulster County resident has received a “presumptive positive” result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This individual recently traveled internationally to France and notified our Health Department that he had symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Upon guidance from our Health Department he drove himself to a hospital where test samples were taken and he was immediately placed into quarantine.
We have been preparing for this contingency for the last several weeks and I am confident in our ability to respond quickly and comprehensively to ensure public health and safety. As a first step, we are activating the Ulster County Emergency Operation Center as well as deploying Health Department staff to focus solely on community mitigation efforts. Public Health officials have already begun interviewing this individual to assess who he may have come into contact with and will notify those individuals. We will continue to update the public to ensure full transparency as the situation develops.
I would like to reiterate that any resident experiencing a fever, with cough or shortness of breath should contact the Ulster County Health Department at 845-340-3150 or, if symptoms are severe, call 911. For general questions about coronavirus please call the New York State Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.
We will be holding a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. Please check back then for a live-stream of the conference for more updates.
More information: http://bit.ly/COVID19UpdateUC”