Liberty, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who visited the Appletree Kosher Supermarket at 1885 NY-52 in Liberty that an employee was contagious with COVID-19 and worked there on August 23 and 24.
“Many patrons and employees may not have been wearing masks and may have been exposed,” cautioned Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “If someone thinks they have been exposed, please contact Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.”
“The more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread,” explained McGraw.
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) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles to keep in mind.
“The risk is potentially higher due to people not wearing masks or following current guidelines and protocols for prevention of COVID-19 transmission,” said McGraw. “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.”
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms COVID-19 include one or more of the following:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Individuals who have questions regarding access for 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 https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov. Sullivan County’s coronavirus information page, including the latest statistics, can be found at www.sullivanny.us/departments/publichealth/coronavirus.