Liberty, NY – Sullivan County Public Health Services is alerting anyone who visited Ahava Medical & Rehabilitation Urgent Care Center at 25 Carrier Street in Liberty on the following dates – Aug. 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 or 25 – that they may have been exposed to an employee who was actively contagious with COVID-19, and so should contact Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.
The individual continued to work despite feeling ill and after testing positive. Public Health Staff are working closely with the facility to develop a list of individuals who may have visited the facility on those dates to determine the number of possible exposures.
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.
“It is vitally important that people do not go to work while they are ill, especially after testing positive for COVID-19.,” said Public Health Director Nancy 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.”
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 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.