Orange County Health Department warns of potential COVID-19 exposure in Middletown

Posted 3/27/20

The Orange County Department of Health is advising the community of potential COVID-19 exposure in Middletown on Wednesday March, 18th and Friday, March 20th.

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Orange County Health Department warns of potential COVID-19 exposure in Middletown

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The Orange County Department of Health is advising the community of potential COVID-19 exposure in Middletown on Wednesday March, 18 and Friday, March 20.

According to Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman, a resident exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms visited the ShopRite in the Campbell Plaza on Dolson Avenue on March 18. The individual returned to ShopRite two days later and also visited Family Dollar, Walgreens and Yes Beauty Supply on Dolson Avenue that same day.

Earlier this week, the Health Department informed the public that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, located on 288 Larkin Drive in Monroe, at approximately 1  p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, while symptomatic.

Gelman advised residents to consider any public site in Orange County as a potential site of COVID-19 exposure. If you become mildly ill, stay home and manage your symptoms. For residents who have severe symptoms indicative of COVID-19, contact your medical provider to discuss a plan of care. The Health Department is advising people with mild illness to stay home and not get tested. Do not dial 9-1-1 unless you have an immediate medical emergency.

According to Gelman, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continues to be to practice basic, common-sense personal hygiene. This includes washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, refraining from touching your face and avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

Should you feel ill, contact your healthcare provider first. Do not go directly to the doctor’s office, an emergency room or other healthcare facilities. These simple steps will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect you and your loved ones.

If you are an Orange County resident and have recently traveled outside the County and have questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330. Due to the high volume of calls, we encourage residents who have basic questions to visit the Orange County Health Department’s webpage at www.orangecountygov.com/health.

In addition, for general questions, residents may also contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with a NYSDOH expert who will answer questions. This is open 24 hours a day.

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