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Allegany County confirms 2 coronavirus cases

One person who tested positive is a man in his 20s. The other person is a 5-year-old boy.

ALLEGANY COUNTY, N.Y. — Two Allegany County residents have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the county's Department of Health on Sunday night.

The department said the separate cases of COVID-19 were confirmed through the Erie County Public Health Lab.

One person who tested positive is a man in his 20s, who county officials said "is recuperating at home." That man has stayed home since returning from downstate New York.

The other person who tested positive is a 5-year-old boy.

Neither person has been hospitalized, according to county officials. They will both remain at home, under mandatory quarantine.

Health officials encourage people to practice social distancing, keep you work areas clean, wash our hands thoroughly.

If you're sick, you're asked to stay home, call your doctor first.

If kids are sick, do not send them to school, call their doctor.

Cover your mouth with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

Do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through ...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, hot your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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