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Two Cayuga County farmworkers test positive for coronavirus

Two Cayuga County farmworkers test positive for coronavirus

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S.

Two farmworkers living in Cayuga County have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The two new confirmed cases include a man in his 20s who lives in Auburn and a man in his 30s who lives outside of the city, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. Both are identified as farmworkers and work at different farms in the county. 

The health department launched investigations to determine if the men had any contact with individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. 

Cayuga County now has six confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Three people, including the two new positive cases, are in mandatory isolation. A man who tested positive for COVID-19 last week remains in isolation. 

There are 29 people in mandatory quarantine. These are individuals who had contact with confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 

No hospitalizations or deaths due to the coronavirus have been reported in Cayuga County. 

Cayuga County has conducted 346 tests for COVID-19. The results are known for 301 tests, with six positive results and 295 people testing negative. 

The department is awaiting the results of 45 tests, according to a news release. 

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness. The symptoms include a cough, fever, shortness of breath and sore throat. Other symptoms have been reported, including the loss of senses. 

New York has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. There are 92,381 positive cases in the state and 13,383 people are hospitalized. 

The COVID-19 death toll is up to 2,373 in New York. 

Estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization indicate that between 75 to 80% of people who contract COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. Certain groups, including seniors, individuals with underlying medical conditions and those with compromised immune systems, are at a higher risk of serious illness. 

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

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