Two more counties in central New York, Oneida and Broome, have their first confirmed cases of COVID-19
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said Tuesday morning that the one person diagnosed with the virus there had visited another country, returned on March 12 and showed symptoms.
He said that person has been quarantined since March 13.
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The person is at their home and is not hospitalized.
"This was just coming through," Picente said, "Obviously we've been monitoring this individual, but we're monitoring a great many individuals as I said, so as we can share more information, if we can share more information, we will."
The county executive said they're following state guidelines, and are looking for ways to keep people distanced.
Later on Tuesday came the first case from Broome County. The patient there is recovering in the UHS Hospital and is expected to be discharged soon. The patient is not a resident of Broome County.
Broome County also issued a no unncessary travel order and starting Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital will be restricting all visitation to its patients, aside from a few areas.
The Mohawk Valley Health System is also buckling down, taking several precautions to keep their facilities and patients safe from the virus. All of their facilities have visitor restrictions. Entrances have also been restricted, and employees at the long-term care facility are being screened at the start of their shifts.
The MVHS President and CEO said they are asking staff to "tap out" when they're tired.
"We're still an active community hospital, hospitals, and are seeing patients on a regular basis. We have traumas that are coming, heart attacks that are coming in. We're doing surgery and we're doing complicated surgery," said MVHS President and CEO Darlene Stromstad.
The organization's meetings no longer have more than 10 people present.
Mobile testing is happening in Utica outside the Mohawk Valley Health System offices on Burrstone Road. MVHS leaders said you must be referred by your health care provider, and so far people are listening, and haven't been just walking-in.
Kent Hall, the organization's chief physician executive said many inaccuracies are being spread on social media, and it's doing damage.
One example is somebody coming in and saying, 'I heard that we should be in full protective gear from the time that we walked in the door until the time that we leave, and that we shouldn't go home to our families.' Those are some of the things that I personally have heard are are creating huge amounts of fear."
On another note, staff said there aren't many directives on precautionary measures for newborns, but they're limiting visitors.