Officials: County's first positive case had no community contact

James Neiss/staff photographerIn this file photo, Niagara County Director of Public Health Daniel Stapleton discusses the state of the coronavirus in the county during a Sunday press conference. Officials say they're confident the first person to test positive for COVID-19 in Niagara County did not have any community contact from one week before she was symptomatic through the date she was placed in isolation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Media AdviorsyAuthor: Kevin Schuler/Sunday, March 15, 2020/Categories: General, Health, Social ServicesRate this article: No ratingChairman of the Niagara County Legislature Becky Wydysh, Director of Public Health Daniel Stapleton, Emergency Services Director Jonathan Schultz and superintendents from Niagara County school districts will hold a press conference today, Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Warren J. Rathke Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF), 5574 Niagara Street Ext. in Lockport. The purpose is to provide the latest update on Niagara County’s response to coronavirus. 

Niagara County officials say they're confident a woman with COVID-19 who is currently in isolation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center did not have any community contact from one week before she was symptomatic through the date she was hospitalized. 

In a release issued by the county early Thursday, officials said the 42-year-old woman, whose positive test results were confirmed on Tuesday, was subject to an investigation by the Niagara County Health Department which provided what they described as an "accurate picture" of her community contact.   

“This investigation included multiple interviews with the affected individual," Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh said in a statement. "She began showing symptoms on March 8 and immediately began quarantining herself. Our clinical team reviewed one full week before she was symptomatic to the present. Based on the interviews and timeline, and thanks in large part to the affected individual’s actions to quickly quarantine herself, distance herself from family members and seek medical attention, the Niagara County Department of Health is confident she did not have any community contact during this period. This means no shopping, no public transportation, no work, nor any other outside interactions. The only contact was with family."

Wydysh said the county's investigative team has been in contact with individuals who were in direct contact with the individual at a personal gathering and those individuals have been placed under quarantine. 

"These people will now be closely monitored, but at this point, none are showing any symptoms," Wydysh said. 

To date, Wydysh said Niagara County has has 34 individuals in quarantine, all with no symptoms. Test results are pending from five individuals, Wydysh said. 

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