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HEALTH ADVISORY: Positive COVID-19 Cases at Liberty Pizzeria

Liberty, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who visited Paesano’s Pizzeria at 10 S. Main Street in Liberty on August 25, 26 and/or 27 that they may have been exposed to someone who was actively contagious with COVID-19 and should contact Public Health Services at 845-292-5910. 

As of September 3, 2020, there are seven (7) active cases of COVID-19 associated with this location, two of which are also connected to exposures at Nelly’s Sports Bar at 456 Broadway in Monticello on Saturday, August 15, for which a previous health advisory was issued. It appears from the investigation that employees and customers may not have been wearing masks consistently or maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

“Staff are working hard to identify if there have been any additional cases or community spread as a result of these two clusters. If you have visited either of these locations on the dates in question, please monitor yourself for symptoms and contact us,” stated Nancy McGraw, Public Health Director.

Paesano’s voluntarily closed on August 28 and will remain closed at least until September 8 after an inspection by the NYS Department of Health District Office in Monticello.

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices, such as hand-washing, staying home when sick, social distancing while dining inside, and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles that must be followed to prevention transmission to others.

If you start to develop symptoms of COVID-19, we urge you to contact either your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 292-5910 x 0 and ask for an Infection Control nurse.

Individuals who have questions regarding access to testing should call their health care provider or the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065, or visit the NYSDOH website at Sullivan County’s coronavirus information page, including the latest statistics, can be found at