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Wyoming County can begin phase one of reopening May 15

The Wyoming County Health Department reports that 719 coronavirus tests have come back negative out of 791 tests administered.

WYOMING COUNTY, N.Y. — There are 74 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming County, as of May 11. 

The Wyoming County Health Department reports that 61 people have recovered, and five people have died.

At this time, eight people are in mandatory isolation, and 13 are in mandatory quarantine. So far 1,043 coronavirus tests have come back negative.

Wyoming County is included in the Finger Lakes region, which was given the go ahead by New York State to begin phase one of reopening May 15. 

Wyoming County residents can obtain updated information and guidance about coronavirus through the Wyoming County COVID-19 response line at (585) 786-8911. The line can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wyoming County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has partnered with the Wyoming County United Way to help assist residents with the growing need for face masks/coverings. 

Wyoming County is asking any volunteers who are willing to make and donate masks to call (716) 786-8911 to arrange a drop off time at the EOC or to have them picked up.

The EOC team will then distribute the masks to the community. 

Wyoming County officials say the Wyoming County Community Health System, health department and emergency services are still in desperate need of N95 or procedure style mask, nitrile gloves, and protective gowns.

Anyone who wants to donate supplies can contact OEM@wyomingco.net or call the health department at (585) 786-8890.

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Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

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.