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Niagara County reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 44 total

The Niagara County Department of Health says there are 44 total deaths. There are 28 new confirmed cases in the county as well, with the total rising to 720

NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. —

On Tuesday, the Niagara County Department of Health's COVID-19 tracking map reported two new COVID-19 related deaths in the county, the total number of deaths is up to 44 now. 

The two individuals who passed away were a 71-year-old female and a 49-year-old male, both with underlying health conditions. 

The Health Department's map showed 28 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, forcing the total to rise to 720. The map also showed that there are currently 356 people in the county who have recovered, and 320 active cases of COVID-19. 

County officials said that there are 299 people isolating at home and 21 individuals are in the hospital. The health department said it has conducted a total of 5,452 tests. 

Anyone in Niagara County who is looking to get tested for COVID-19 at Niagara Community College must call the New York State hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Drive-thru testing is by appointment only.

Per Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order, hospitals in Niagara County can resume elective surgeries. This includes Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, and Eastern Niagara Hospital.

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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.