As the concern for the novel coronavirus grows, Madison County Health Department would like to assure residents we are actively monitoring and are prepared to respond to ensure the safety and health of residents. There are no cases in New York state; we consider the risk to be low at this time.

“Our department conducts daily disease surveillance and is actively working with our healthcare partners to identify and respond to disease threats to our community,” said Public Health Director Eric Faisst said. “Should the situation change, we are prepared to respond.”

Faisst encourages residents to observe the following health practices daily to help reduce the spread of illness:

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick,
  • Stay home from work or school when sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others, especially those who are sick, including utensils, cups, toothbrushes and towels.

It is not too late to get a flu shot, which offers the most protection against the flu. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies, health care provider offices and at the Health Department. Call 315.366.2848 to schedule an appointment.

To learn more, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For more information, call the Health Department at 315.366.2361.

By martha

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