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Steuben County Public Health Coronavirus update: One Steuben resident now under voluntary quarantine

Caronavirus - One Steuben resident now under voluntary quarantine
 

 
BATH -- The voluntary quarantine of one Steuben County resident is not expected to have any impact on other residents in Steuben, according to county Public Health Director Darlene Smith. "We want people to know this is standard procedure right now for anyone returning to the U.S. from China," Smith said. "The individual does not show symptoms and there is no reason to believe he or she even has the illness." The local voluntary 14-day isolation and quarantine is in line with U.S. protocols governing the arrival of people from China, where the novel coronavirus was identified in late December. While the exact number of those infected with the novel virus across the world is changing daily and may be as high as 45,000, 13 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. No cases have been confirmed in New York State. The 14-day quarantines have been in place in the U.S. since Jan. 31 as a safeguard against spreading the illness. The safeguard has proven effective -- Reuters reports nearly 200 U.S. residents who were evacuated in January from China and quarantined have been released with no symptoms of the illness. Smith said her department will continue to keep Steuben residents aware of any events that may affect the county. "We want you to know what we know," Smith said. "We want you all to feel at ease and understand there is no reason for panic." According to the CDC, symptoms of the novel coronavirus may include:

• Runny nose
  • • Headache
  • • Cough
  • • Sore throat
  • • Fever
  • • A general feeling of being unwell
    CDC officials also recommend people avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. Additionally, health department officials say certain everyday proactive measures can help stop the spread of the virus, including:

    • • 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.

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