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More than 100 people tested for COVID-19 in Cayuga County

More than 100 people tested for COVID-19 in Cayuga County

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Churches in Cayuga County have canceled services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 100 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus in Cayuga County, but there has been no change in the number of confirmed cases. 

The county health department has received 106 test results, according to a situational update provided Wednesday. Three people tested positive for the virus. They are in mandatory isolation, but not hospitalized. 

Thirty-four people are in mandatory quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19. Like the individuals who are isolated, anyone in quarantine is monitored by the health department. 

The novel coronavirus is a respiratory illness. The symptoms include a cough, fever and shortness breath. 

There are 30,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York — more than any other state. Over 3,800 people are hospitalized and 285 deaths have been reported. 

How Cayuga County 911 is handling coronavirus

In its news release, the health department said it has received calls from employees and employers asking what is considered an essential business or service. Beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, businesses considered nonessential have been closed. 

The list of essential businesses is lengthy. Some businesses that are considered essential include grocery stores and hospitals. 

Health officials have been fielding questions from employees at essential businesses about whether they should be working due to health conditions or other concerns. The department referred employees to their human resources departments and asked employers to be "sensitive to concerns raised by individual employees during this time."

"Sick individuals should be home," said Kathleen Cuddy, public health director of the Cayuga County Health Department. "They should not be at work, they should not be at the grocery store. The only time a sick individual should be out of their home is to seek care and many physicians locally are offering phone and telehealth consultations to reduce sick people being in public." 

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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I have been The Citizen's online producer and politics reporter since December 2009. I'm the author of the Eye on NY blog and write the weekly Eye on NY column that appears every Sunday in the print edition of The Citizen and online at auburnpub.com.

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